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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, British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office, and the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.

Justin’s practice specializes in: 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 development.

Justin 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.

  • KKR

    KKR in its significant stake in Canada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project

  • SemGroup Corporation

    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 and contested tolling applications. These applications involved public hearings before the Canada Energy Regulator (formerly the National Energy Board).
    • Kinder Morgan Canada with regard to regulatory approvals, including the Chilliwack realignment and detailed route hearings, and various other applications, 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.
    • Teck Resources Limited with regard to its $20.6 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 potential 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. 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.
    • 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.
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  • 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