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Martin Ignasiak

Martin Ignasiak

Partner, Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal and Land

Key Contact: Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal & Land


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 the national Co-Chair of Osler’s Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal and Land Group. 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, including the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before, among others, the National Energy Board, the Alberta Energy Regulator (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.

  • SemCAMS Midstream ULC

    SemCAMS Midstream ULC in its 50/50 joint venture with TransAlta Corporation to develop Kaybob South Cogen Facility

    • Regulatory counsel for FortisAlberta Inc., the electric distribution utility responsible for more than 60 per cent of Alberta’s total electricity distribution network, in numerous proceedings before the Alberta Utilities Commission.
    • Canadian Natural Resources Limited in connection with proceedings before the Canadian Energy Regulator as it pertains to tolls and tariffs applicable to the Enbridge Canadian Mainline pipeline system.
    • Liricon Capital in connection with its transformational Banff Eco-Transit Hub Project which will change the way people move through Banff National Park and the Banff townsite. The Project includes an aerial transit from the Banff townsite to Mt. Norquay Ski Resort.
    • Alberta Transportation with regard to the Alberta provincial government enlisting Martin Ignasiak to expedite Springbank dam project
    • Aura Power Renewables Ltd. Acting on behalf of Aura Power before the Alberta Utilities Commission for the Fox Coulee Solar Project, a 75 megawatt solar plant facility. The AUC hearing for the Fox Coulee Project was the first for a commercial scale solar development.
    • 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.
    • TC Energy with regard to the Sundre expansion and extension of the NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) natural gas pipeline system in Alberta which involved a public hearing before the National Energy Board.
    • Kinder Morgan Canada with regard to the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline System, specifically detailed route hearings before the National Energy Board concerning objections by the City of Burnaby and other parties in Segment 7.
    • TC Energy with regard to the White Spruce Pipeline which involved a public hearing before the Alberta Energy Regulator.
    • 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.
    • Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc. with regard to its Alberta Energy Regulator application for its proposed 100,000 gallon per day liquefied natural gas facility near Villeneuve, Alberta.
    • 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.
    • TC Energy 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 a Joint Review Panel of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Alberta Energy RegulatorTOTAL 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.
    • TC Energy and four related TC Energy 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.
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  • Chambers: Ranked in Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory), Energy: Provincial Regulatory & Litigation (Alberta); Ranked in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers: Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory)
  • Lexpert: Ranked in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Environmental Law, Aboriginal Law and Energy (Oil & Gas); Ranked in Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyer Under 40; Ranked in Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers; Ranked in Lexpert Special Edition: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining
  • Legal 500: Ranked in The Legal 500: Recommended Lawyer, Aboriginal Law, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas
  • Best Lawyers: Ranked in Best Lawyers in Canada: Aboriginal Law, Environmental Law and Energy Regulatory Law
  • Benchmark: Ranked in Benchmark Litigation Canada: "Litigation Star", Aboriginal, Environmental, General Commercial and Regulatory Investigations; Ranked in Benchmark Litigation Canada as Future Star
  • Who’s Who Legal: Ranked in Who’s Who Legal: International - Energy
  • Acritas Stars: Recognized as a Star Lawyer

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of the Northwest Territories
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Alberta Chamber of Resources

  • Energy Regulatory Forum – Alberta Climate Change, Speaker, Energy Regulatory Law, Calgary, May 26.
  • Dispatches From the Energy Industry, UAlberta Law Alumni Magazine, Spring 2016.
  • Federal Environmental Assessment Reform: Issues and Opportunities, Environmental Law Journal, Federated Press, Volume XIII, No. 1, 2016.
  • Aboriginal & Environmental Communities and Corporate Oil & Gas panel, ADRIC 2015: Big Sky, Big Ideas in ADR, October 2015.
  • Moving Energy Products to Markets: Recent Developments in Pipeline Infrastructure, Resource and Energy Projects: Assessing, Managing and Mitigating Risk, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, April 2014.
  • 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.