John Gormley

John Gormley

Associate, Regulatory, Environmental, Indigenous and Land

Contact Information

tel: 403.260.7075



Bar Admission

Alberta, 2017


  • University of Victoria, JD
  • University of British Columbia, BA (Honours Economics)



John’s practice focuses on environmental, regulatory and Indigenous law issues that affect natural resource and energy development projects. John has experience with matters before the Alberta Utilities Commission, the British Columbia Utilities Commission, the Canada Energy Regulator (formerly the National Energy Board), the Alberta Energy Regulator, and the Alberta Court of Appeal.

John’s practice has developed with a particular focus on matters relating to electricity market rules and financial regulation of energy transportation infrastructure, including rates, tolls, and tariffs for oil and gas pipelines and electricity facilities. In this regard, John’s academic background in economics, analytics, and energy market design provides a valuable compliment to the legal services he provides to clients in matters relating to competitive electricity markets and cost of service utility regulation.

    • Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC with regard to regulatory approvals, including detailed route hearings and condition compliance matters, for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project which will transport 890,000 bbl/d of petroleum products from Edmonton, Alberta to the west coast of Canada
    • TransAlta Corporation (“TransAlta”) in proceedings before the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Alberta Court of Appeal with respect to TransAlta’s opposition to proposed hydraulic fracturing operations and the associated risk of induced seismicity in proximity to TransAlta’s Brazeau Dam
    • Acted for a major Alberta electricity generation company in relation to its participation in the Alberta Utilities Commission proceeding considering the AESO’s application for the first ISO rules to implement and operate the capacity market in Alberta
    • Acted for the owner of a British Columbia jet fuel pipeline regarding its application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission for approval of final tolls and proposed abandonment cost estimate, collection surcharge, and abandonment cost set-aside mechanism
    • Acted for a developer-owned water utility regarding its first tariff and general rate application to the Alberta Utilities Commission
    • Acted for a wind power developer regarding its application to the Alberta Utilities Commission for approval to construct and operate a 398.475-megawatt wind power plant

  • Volunteer with Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project, Pro Bono Law Alberta (Ongoing).
  • Advocate for mental health patients appearing before the Mental Health Review Board seeking to be released from involuntary detention under the BC Mental Health Act (2014-2016).

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta