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Jessica Kennedy

Jessica Kennedy

Associate, Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal and Land

Contact Information

tel: 403.260.7062



Bar Admission

Alberta, 2013

  • University of Alberta, J.D.
  • University of Alberta, M.B.A. (Natural Resources, Energy & Environment Specialization)
  • University of Alberta, B.Sc. (Hons.) in Environmental Biology

Jessica is an associate in Osler's Calgary office with a practice focused on regulatory law as it pertains to resource development, transmission and electricity market regulation. Jessica has experience in dealing with environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal matters before the Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Utilities Commission, National Energy Board, Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, and appeals of administrative decisions before the Alberta and Federal Courts of Appeal. Jessica has also assisted clients with negotiating agreements with Aboriginal groups and obtaining necessary regulatory approvals for large scale industrial projects.

    • KANATA Energy Group in its joint venture with TAQA North to expand the Valhalla Facility.
    • innogy SE in its decision to construct two solar projects in Canada.
    • Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) in its response to AESO's changed approach to accommodating distributed generation—including many solar projects—on the Alberta grid. Osler’s representation of CanSIA includes the AUC consideration of the AESO's 2018 Tariff and its impacts on solar and other community and distributed generation projects.
    • TransAlta Corporation acting on behalf of TransAlta Corporation before the Alberta Utilities Commission in relation to the regulatory process underway to consider the AESO rules for the implementation of a capacity market.
    • Equinor Canada Limited in the environmental assessment, regulatory and indigenous relations matters related to the potential Bay du Nord offshore oil project.
    • Prosper Petroleum Limited in its approved Rigel Oil Sands Project located northwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, which was subject to a hearing before the Alberta Energy Regulator in 2018.
    • Kinder Morgan Canada Limited in its litigation victories for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion and in relation to legal, regulatory and Aboriginal matters associated with regulatory approvals, permitting, detailed route hearings and condition compliance for the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which will transport 890,000 bbl/d of petroleum products from Edmonton, Alberta to the west coast of Canada. The project will cross more than 100 First Nation and Métis asserted traditional territories, as well as national and provincial parks. The project completed an extensive public hearing before the National Energy Board with more than 400 registered intervenors and received a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Board in December of 2016, which imposed 157 conditions on the Project.
    • Prosper Petroleum Ltd. with regard to obtaining regulatory approvals for the Rigel in situ oil sands project northwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, including a hearing before the Alberta Energy Regulator in 2018.
    • Regional Power with regard to providing legal and regulatory advice for applications to the Alberta Utilities Commission and related interconnection matters before the Alberta Electric System Operator to construct and operate the 90 MW Irma Wind Power Project located near Irma, Alberta.
    • Teck Resources Limited with regard to its $14.5 billion Frontier Oil Sands project north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, which is subject to a joint Federal-Provincial environmental assessment process by a joint review panel.
    • TransAlta Corporation with respect to its defence in the first contested enforcement proceeding brought by the Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA), including representation throughout the MSA’s investigation, advising TransAlta on its document disclosure obligations (including related privilege matters), and representation at an oral hearing before the Alberta Utilities Commission. The case involved allegations of market manipulation and trading in Alberta’s electricity market using non-public outage records.
    • De Beers Canada Inc. with regard to a water licence amendment application to the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board in relation to Snap Lake diamond mine in the Northwest Territories, which included a public hearing and written argument.
    • Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. in its application for regulatory approval for the Vista Coal Project, including a public hearing before the Alberta Energy Regulator.
    • Teck Resources Limited in its applications before the Alberta Energy Regulator for a winter drilling program, which included a public hearing in Fort McMurray in 2012.
    • Brion Energy Corporation (formerly Dover Operating Corp.) with regard to obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals for its Dover Commercial Project, a proposed 250,000 bbl/d steam-assisted gravity drainage oil sands project.

  • Calgary Bar Association

  • April 5, 2018, Live segment regarding National Post Quote re Bill C- 69, Saskatchewan on 650 CKOM Saskatoon and 980 CJME Regina
  • Apr 4, 2018, Live segment regarding National Post Quote re Bill C-69, Global News Radio 770 CHQR