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Fontaine, Justin C.A.

Justin Fontaine

Associate, Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal and Land

Contact Information

tel: 403.355.7466



Bar Admission

Alberta, 2017

  • University of Victoria, JD
  • University of Victoria, BA (with Distinction)

Justin’s practice specializes in environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law issues for natural resource development projects. Justin has appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Alberta Court of Appeal, the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, the Canada Energy Regulator (formerly the National Energy Board), the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, and a Federal-Provincial Joint Review Panel.

Justin also has experience with matters before the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as the Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Utilities Commission and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office.

Justin’s practice focuses on: oil and gas pipelines; oil sands mine and in-situ projects; coal, precious metal mineral and other ore mines; offshore resource development; federally-regulated rail; environmental liability for contaminated lands; and renewables.

Justin also regularly advises clients on environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal matters associated with the acquisition and disposition of shares and assets. In addition, Justin also advises clients on their obligations to Aboriginal groups and regularly negotiates agreements with Aboriginal groups on behalf of his clients.

    • Canadian Natural Resources Limited in connection with proceedings before the Canadian Energy Regulator as it pertains to tolls and tarriffs applicable to the Enbridge Canadian Mainline pipeline system.
    • Prosper Petroleum Limited in its successful application for the Rigel Oil Sands Project before the Alberta Energy Regulator.
    • 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.
    • Alberta Transportation with regard to the Alberta provincial government enlisting Martin Ignasiak to expedite Springbank dam project.
    • KKR in its significant stake in Canada's Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project.
    • SemGroup in its $5 billion acquisition by Energy Transfer LP.
    • TC Energy with regard to various regulatory applications for its NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. and Mainline natural gas pipeline systems, including facilities applications (2021 NGTL System Expansion, Edson Mainline, and North Corridor Expansion) and contested tolling applications (Dawn Long Term Fixed Price NGTL Rate Design and Service Application and 2018-2020 Mainline Tolls applications). These applications involved public hearings before the Canada Energy Regulator or formerly the National Energy Board.
    • Kinder Morgan Canada Limited/Trans Mountain Inc. in its successful applications for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion and related litigation. Osler advises Trans Mountain on all 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 2016, which imposed 157   conditions on the Project. The project was subject to a further reconsideration by the Board, which culminated in a favourable report and Order in Council in 2019.
    • Teck Resources Limited with regard to its $14.5 billion Frontier oil sands project north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, including a public hearing before a Joint Review Panel of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Alberta Energy Regulator.
    • Equinor Canada Limited in the environmental assessment, regulatory and Indigenous relations matters related to the proposed Bay du Nord offshore oil project.
    • Riversdale Resources with regard to all regulatory and environmental permitting for the Grassy Mountain Steelmaking Coal Project in the Crowsnest Pass, including advice on Indigenous issues. The Project will be the subject of public hearings before a Joint Review Panel.
    • Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. with regard to its $870 million Vista coal mine near Hinton, Alberta.
    • De Beers Canada Inc. with regard to its Snap Lake and Gahcho Kué diamond mines in the Northwest Territories, including applications before the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board and Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, which included a public hearing and written argument for the Snap Lake diamond mine.
    • Cardinal River Coal with regard to an expansion of its Cheviot Coal Mine near Hinton, Alberta.
    • Veresen Inc. in the sale of its power generation business for $1.18 billion.
  • Circle for Aboriginal Relations Society, Annual Conference

    Speaker, May, 2019

  • Circle for Aboriginal Relations Society, Annual Conference

    Speaker, June, 2018

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