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Richard J. King

Richard J. King

Partner, Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal and Land

Key Contact: Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal & Land

Key Contact: Climate Change and Emissions Trading


Contact Information

rking@osler.com

tel: 416.862.6626

Office

Toronto

Bar Admission

Ontario, 1996

Education
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.M.
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
  • York University, M.E.S.
  • University of Western Ontario, B.Sc.
Language(s)
English

Richard King practises energy, Aboriginal and environmental law. Richard’s Aboriginal law practice focuses on consultation and accommodation of Aboriginal groups regarding large natural resource projects (primarily in the energy and mining sectors). He assists clients with advice on the duty to consult, the preparation of Aboriginal consultation policies and reports, and negotiating and developing impact benefit agreements.

He has been extensively involved in the Ontario energy sector for many years and advises clients on commercial and regulatory matters related to power project development, power trading and utility regulation. He also advises clients on power transmission and generation projects in Ontario and regularly appears on behalf of clients before the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board in project approval and rate regulation matters.

Richard’s environmental practice focuses on the environmental aspects of major infrastructure projects, as well as toxic substance regulation and product stewardship matters.  Richard is a former adjunct professor of Environmental Law at Western University.

    • NextEra Energy Canada ULC in consultation matters and contractual arrangements with host Aboriginal communities regarding the development of NextEra’s eight wind farms in southern Ontario.
    • Association of Power Producers of Ontario in the Ontario Energy Board proceeding to set export transmission service rates in Ontario.
    • Electricity Distributors Association in negotiations with Ontario Power Authority to conclude Master Agreement governing the creation and delivery of conservation and demand management programs in Ontario.
    • Natural Resource Gas Limited in its application to Ontario Energy Board to renew contested gas distribution franchise agreement with Town of Aylmer.
    • Five Nations Energy Inc. in all regulatory and rate matters related to the development and construction of a greenfield power transmission project along the James Bay coast to connect remote First Nation communities.
    • Cliff Natural Resources in connection with Aboriginal consultation associated with chromite mine in northern Ontario.
    • American retail products distributor regarding cross-Canada product stewardship obligations.
    • NextBridge Infrastructure LP in connection with Aboriginal consultation and participation in relation to 400 km power.
    • TransAlta Energy Corporation in obtaining regulatory and environmental approvals associated with the construction and operation of its 660 MW Sarnia Regional Cogeneration Project.

  • The Legal 500, 2017, recognized as a Recommended Lawyer in the area of Energy (Power).
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017, recognized in the area of Aboriginal Law
    • "...frequently advises clients on the duty to consult as well as assisting with the negotiation of impact and benefit agreements."
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017, recognized in the area of Energy: Power (Regulatory)
    • "...is well known in the market for having "a ton of regulatory experience" and regularly appears before both provincial and national energy boards."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2017, recognized in the area of Energy: Power (Regulatory).
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2017, recognized in the area of Aboriginal Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2013-2017, recognized in the area of Environmental Law
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2016, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Aboriginal Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2016, Consistently Recommended in the area of Energy (Electricity).
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers 2014 & 2015: Aboriginal Law; Energy: Power (Regulatory)
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers 2013
  • London School of Economics, Law Award of Merit
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Environmental Law Prize
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Rights of Indigenous Peoples Prize 

  • Sustainability Program Advisory Council, Ryerson Polytechnic University
  • Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (former director) 

  • Association of Power Producers of Ontario
  • Ontario Energy Association
  • Ontario Waterpower Association (former committee member Class EA for Waterpower)
  • Ontario Bar Association (Aboriginal section) 

Richard is a regular speaker at conferences on Aboriginal consultation, and electricity and natural gas regulation in Ontario.

  • The Tsilhqot’in Decision: The Supreme Court Confirms Aboriginal Title, Energy Regulation Quarterly, Vol. 2, September 2014.
  • Chapter on IFC Performance Standard Six: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources, in Torrance, Michael (ed.), IFC Performance Standards on Environmental & Social Sustainability: A Guidebook (LexisNexis, 2012).
  • Energy Sector Update: What’s New in Aboriginal Law, Ontario Bar Association’s 2012 Institute, February 2012.
  • Legal Aspects of Electricity Conservation and Demand Management, Electricity Distributors Association CDM Delivery Strategies, May 2011.
  • Ontario Rolls Out Bold New Feed-In Tariff, North American Windpower, April 2009.
  • Energy Regulation in Ontario Under the McGuinty Government (2003 to 2007), Energy and the Law, Queen’s University, 2008.
  • First Nation Rights in Canadian Energy Projects, Counsel to Counsel Magazine, May 2008.