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Martin Ignasiak

Martin Ignasiak

Partner, Environmental, Regulatory and Aboriginal


Contact Information

mignasiak@osler.com

tel: 403.260.7007

Office

Calgary

Bar Admission

Alberta, 1999

Northwest Territories, 2012

British Columbia, 2014

Education
  • University of Alberta, LL.B.
  • University of Alberta, B.Comm.
Language(s)
English

Martin is a partner in Osler’s Calgary office whose practice focuses on regulatory, environmental and aboriginal law. He has extensive experience in developing and executing strategies for obtaining necessary regulatory approvals for large scale industrial projects, including oil sands facilities, coal mines, pipelines and electric generation facilities. In his capacity as a regulatory lawyer, Martin has negotiated numerous impact benefit agreements. Martin also has extensive experience in electricity market regulation.  Martin has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta and before the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. He has also appeared before, among others, the National Energy Board, the Energy Resources Conservation Board, Alberta Utilities Commission, Joint Review Panels established under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, the Mackenzie Valley Review Board and Land and Water Board and the Nunavut Water Board.

  • Benchmark Litigation Canada 2015: Future Star
  • Lexpert Rising Stars 2013:  Leading Lawyers Under 40
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers 2013
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining 2013/14
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015: Aboriginal Law; Environmental Law
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014: Energy (Oil & Gas); Environmental Law; Aboriginal Law

  • Edmonton Police Commission [former member 2002-2005; and Chair 2003-2005] 

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Alberta Chamber of Resources

  • TransAlta Corporation with respect to its defence in the first contested enforcement proceeding brought by the Market Surveillance Administrator of Alberta, which included an oral hearing before the Alberta Utilities Commission.
  • Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. with regard to its $870 million Vista coal mine near Hinton, Alberta, including a public hearing before the Alberta Energy Regulator.
  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited with regard to its proposed 650-kilometre Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline from the Groundbirch area of British Columbia to Kitmat on the west coast, including an environmental assessment before the BC Environmental Assessment Office.
  • Brion Energy Corporation (formerly Dover Operating Corp.) with regard to its 250,000 bbl/d Dover Commercial Project, a proposed steam-assisted gravity drainage oil sands project north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. This project included a public hearing before the Alberta Energy Regulator.
  • Teck Resources Limited with regard to its $14.5 billion Frontier oil sands project north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, including a public hearing before the Alberta Energy Regulator for its 2012/2013 winter oil sands exploration program.
  • TOTAL E&P Canada with regard to its approximately $20 billion Joslyn oil sands mine and upgrader near Fort McMurray, Alberta, including a public hearing before a Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel.
  • De Beers Canada Inc. with regard to its Snap Lake and Gahcho Kué diamond mines in the Northwest Territories, including public hearings before the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board and Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.
  • Petro-Canada Oil Sands Inc. with regard to its $11 to $17 billionFort Hills Sturgeon Upgrader near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, including a public hearing before the Energy Resources Conservation Board.
  • Suncor Energy Inc. with regard to its multi-billion dollar oil sands projects near Fort McMurray, Alberta, including the North Steepbank Mine Extension, the Voyageur Upgrader and Firebag, including a public hearing before the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board.
  • Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. with regard to its $4 billion Mary River Iron Ore project in Nunavut, including a public hearing before the Nunavut Water Board.
  • Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited with regard to its approximately $10 billion Kearl oil sands mine near Fort McMurray, Alberta, including a public hearing before a Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel.
  • Cardinal River Coal with regard to its Cheviot Coal Mine near Hinton, Alberta, including a public hearing before a Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel.
  • TransAlta Corporation with regard to various applications before the Alberta Utilities Commission.
  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited and four related TransCanada companies with regard to abandonment cost estimates, collection mechanism and set aside mechanism applications under the Land Matters Consultation Initiative - Stream 3 before the National Energy Board.
  • Acted on behalf of industry in litigation concerning the applicability of the former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in Prairie Acid Rain Coalition v. Canada (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) and True North Energy Corporation [2004] F.C. 1265 affirmed 2006, and Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development v. Canada (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) and Cardinal River Coals Ltd. [2005] F.C. 1123.

  • Regulating the Energy Industry, World Petroleum Council Youth Forum, Calgary, AB, October 23, 2013.
  • Canadian Oil Spills Cast Shadow Over Pipeline Boom (quoted), Law360, June 21, 2012.
  • Bill C-38: What Does it Mean for Industry? - Presentation to the Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, AB, June 2012.
  • Lessons Learned from the Kearl Oil Sands Project, Association of Canadian General Counsel, St. John’s, NL, September 2008.
  • Reclaiming Alberta Oil Sands: Confronting the Challenges and Implementing Strategies for Securing Environmental Approvals, Oil and Gas Law Summit, Calgary, AB, January 2006.