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Biography

Shailaz practices regulatory law with a focus on energy, environmental, public utility and indigenous law matters. She has knowledge and expertise navigating regulatory processes for various industries and obtaining approvals for projects including electric transmission facilities, pipelines, oil sands projects, wells, mines, and wind-power projects.

Shailaz provides general and project specific legal advice on issues pertaining to regulatory licensing requirements and environmental assessments, climate change and emissions, surface rights acquisition and compensation, public consultation and indigenous law matters. She also has experience in consumer protection legislation and privacy matters, including the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by the government and the private sector.  Shailaz has assisted on applications before various regulators including the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Alberta Utilities Commission, and the National Energy Board. She has also appeared before the Alberta Provincial Court and the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.

Prior to joining Lawson Lundell, Shailaz practiced with a leading national law firm and most recently as legal counsel with the Alberta Utilities Commission. 

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Bar Association, National Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Law Student Section, Past-Chair
  • Canadian Bar Association, Articling Student Section, Past-Chair
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family/Commercial Mediation, Certified Mediator
  • Law Society of Alberta, Member

Community Activities

  • Pro Bono Mediation Services, Conciliation and Arbitration Board for the Prairies
  • Mentor, Canadian Bar Association 

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Named as one of Calgary's Top 40 Under 40, Avenue Magazine (2009)
  • Alberta Law Foundation Award
  • Judith R. Norman Memorial Award

Experience

Experience

Shailaz’s experience includes:

  • Representing a major Canadian oil and gas company on regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal law matters associated with oil sands, heavy oil and conventional oil and gas operations.
  • Representing a major utility company on rate regulation and related matters before the Alberta Utilities Commission. 
  • Conducting significant need and transmission facility hearings in her role as Counsel with the Alberta Utilities Commission, including the Southern Alberta Transmission Reinforcement Needs Application and the Heartland Transmission Project Application, Alberta’s first critical transmission infrastructure application. 
  • Acting as counsel on the Minister of Energy’s Order in Council Inquiry on Hydro Electric Power Generation Development in Alberta, published in February, 2011. The terms of reference included a thorough review and analysis of provincial and federal regulatory approval processes including cumulative effects management, the duty to consult First Nations, public consultation and environmental assessments.
  • Drafting regulations and regulatory directives. 

News & Publications

Shailaz Dhalla, Lawson Lundell Photo
Calgary
t 403.218.7522
f 403.269.9494

Assistant Contact

Bar Admissions

  • Alberta (2007)

Education

University of Calgary (LL.B., 2006)

University of Alberta (B.A. Sociology (with Distinction), 2003)

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