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Observers report that Jeff is "really strong when it comes to representing the interest of clients." He frequently acts for clients in the power sector before regulatory bodies and tribunals in addition to providing broader regulatory advice. He counselled Direct Energy Marketing on regulatory compliance in Alberta, including applications for rate approvals in the province and its price setting plans.

- Chambers Canada, 2019 Guide

Jeff is a litigation partner practicing exclusively in the energy, utility and natural resource sectors. He represents clients before regulatory tribunals such as the BC Oil and Gas Commission, National Energy Board, and Alberta Utilities Commission. He also advises clients on regulatory and legislative reform initiatives; cross-border energy and natural resource development; and related litigation and dispute resolution. He has a background in engineering and earth sciences. 

Jeff is the head of the Regulatory Litigation Department at Lawson Lundell. 

Professional Activities

  • Geoscience BC, Director
  • Green Energy Advisory Task Force (Procurement and Regulatory), reporting to the BC Cabinet Committee on Climate Action and Clean Energy, Past Member
  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Past Instructor of Public Utility Regulation:  At the Nexus of Law, Economics and Public Policy
  • Canadian Institute of Energy, Past Director
  • Lawson Lundell Energy Law Newsletter, Past Editor

Community Activities

  • ActSafe, Past Director and Chair
  • 2015 Federal Election, Policy and Research Committee Chair for J. Wilkinson Campaign
  • North Shore Academy of Dancing, Advisory Committee Member
  • Boca Del Lupo Theatre Society, Past Director
  • Public Dreams Society, Past Director
  • Access Justice, Past Legal Aid Clinic Volunteer

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Chambers Canada 2020: recognized in the Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada) and Energy: Provincial Regulatory (British Columbia) category
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2020: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law
  • Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized as a Litigation Star for Energy and Natural Resources litigation in British Columbia
  • Chambers Canada 2019: recognized in the Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada) and Energy: Provincial Regulatory (British Columbia) category
  • Chambers Global 2019: recognized in the Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada) category
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Energy (Electricity)
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2019: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Energy
  • Lexpert /ROB Special Edition 2019: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2018: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2018: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Energy
  • Lexpert /ROB Special Edition 2018: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2017: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2017: recognized for Energy (Electricity)
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2017: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Energy
  • Lexpert/ROB Special Edition 2017: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2016: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2016: recognized for Energy (Electricity)
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2016: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Energy
  • Lexpert/ROB Special Edition 2016: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2015: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2014: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2013: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law
  • Best Lawyers: Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2012: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2011: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2010: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2009: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2008: recognized for Energy Regulatory Law

Experience

Experience

Recent experience includes:

  • Representing BC Hydro on the Canadian delegation negotiating a modernized Columbia River Treaty
  • A client in disputes before the BC Oil and Gas Commission and the Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal regarding risks associated with certain oil and gas-related activities 
  • An electric utility in an application before the BC Utilities Commission for the approval of the acquisition of an interest in a 490 MW hydroelectric dam 
  • Parties before the Alberta Utilities Commission regarding challenges to rules of the independent system operator
  • Clients before the National Energy Board and Federal Court on electricity export matters
  • A power marketing company in rate and market structure proceedings before the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (now the Alberta Utilities Commission)
  • An electric utility before the BC Utilities Commission on facility approval, revenue requirements, wholesale transmission services, cost of service, and rate design applications, including conservation, distribution and transmission extension policies, tariff terms and conditions and time-of-use rates
  • A party in regard to the regulatory framework and strategy implied by British Columbia's 2016 Climate Leadership Plan (August 2016) which contemplates the electrification of certain loads in British Columbia to displace fossil fuels and reduce GHG emissions 
  • An electric utility in responding to the BC Utilities Commission's review of certain aspects of the Mandatory Reliability Standards (MRS) in British Columbia 
  • Developers and property owners on regulatory implications of district energy systems.
  • US financiers on regulatory proceedings related to acquisitions of BC utilities
  • Consumer groups in Northwest Territory utility rate proceedings 
  • A potential purchaser of a water utility on the exclusivity of the utility’s franchise
  • Utility appellants at the Federal Court on a metering approval decision made by Measurement Canada
  • A party negotiating its participation in a regional transmission organization (RTO)
  • A utility services company considering entering the Canadian sub-metering market
  • A Canadian railway company in a rate dispute before the Canadian Transportation Agency

News & Publications

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Assistant Contact

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (1994)
  • Northwest Territories (2001)
  • Alberta (2014)

Education

University of British Columbia (BASc, Honours, Geotechnical Engineering, 1988)

Dalhousie University (LLB, 1993)

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