Heather L. Treacy, Q.C.: Lawyer with Davis LLP

Heather L. Treacy, Q.C.

Managing Partner
Calgary,  AB  Canada
Phone403.294.3589

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Practice Areas

  • Aboriginal Law & First Nations Legal Issues
  • Aviation Law
  • Class Actions
  • Conflict Management & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Energy
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Oil & Gas
 
University Royal Conservatory of Toronto and Mount Royal College, Music Degrees, 1984; University of Calgary, B.Comm., 1984
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Alberta, LL.B., 1989
 
Admitted1990, Alberta
 
Memberships 

Associations
Law Society of Alberta
Calgary Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association
International Bar Association
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Member of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Law Society of Alberta, 2008 to present
Former Member of the Law Society of Alberta Pro Bono Committee, 2007-2008
Former Member of the Law Society of Alberta Civil Practice Advisory Committee, 2004-2007
Executive Member of the National Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association
Past Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer of the Aboriginal Law Section (Southern Alberta) of the Canadian Bar Association
Past Chair of the Constitutional Law Section (Southern Alberta) of the Canadian Bar Association

 
LanguagesEnglish
 
Biography

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Heather L. Treacy, Q.C. is the Managing Partner of Davis LLP’s Calgary office. Heather is an experienced counsel whose practice is focused on civil litigation and dispute resolution.

She has over 23 years of experience in acting as counsel to clients in complex litigation and disputes, and has extensive experience with negotiations and mediation on matters related to energy and resources law, aboriginal and constitutional law, general commercial disputes, transportation, aviation, human rights, employment law and intellectual property law. She frequently appears before both the Trial and Appellate Courts in the Province of Alberta, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and various tribunals, including the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, energy related tribunals and the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Heather has extensive knowledge of the energy industry, particularly in the oil and gas sector. She has acted on numerous oil and gas disputes, including contract, lease, farm-out and operating agreement issues and royalty calculation disputes. Heather also has specific expertise in aboriginal law and provides advice on a significant number of issues involving treaty, aboriginal rights and aboriginal title issues; Metis issues; land and reserve issues; Indian Act matters; issues arising under the Indian Oil and Gas Act and regulatory regime; consultation and accommodation issues; issues North of 60, comprehensive and specific land claim agreements, impact benefit agreements, training and employment agreements, joint-venture agreements, legislative regimes and resource issues and First Nation governance matters.

Heather has been recognized as a pre-eminent lawyer in the area of aboriginal law by The Canadian Legal LexpertDirectory (2010 to 2013), Best Lawyers in Canada (2013 and 2014), and as a Litigation star by Benchmark Canada (2014), guides to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada.

Heather is active in the community and has a passion for the arts. She is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Heather is a past member of the Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary of the Alberta Ballet Company, Theatre Junction and the Calgary Region Arts Foundation.

Selected Experience
•Acting as counsel for energy companies on claims involving royalty calculation issues (Stoney Tribal Council v Petro-Canada Ltd. et al).
•Acting as counsel for an international air carrier in proceedings before the Canadian Transportation Agency and the Federal Court of Appeal.
•Acted as counsel to a manufacturing company involving the protection of its trademark and intellectual property.
•Acted as counsel in successfully compelling that an election be held when cancelled by a First Nations government (Shotclose et al v Stoney First Nation et al).
•Acted as Chief Federal Negotiator for the Government of Canada in a treaty on Vancouver Island involving the B.C. treaty process for First Nations.
•Co-Counsel for Imperial Oil in its application for the Kearl Oil Sands Project before a Joint Review Panel established by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.
•Acted on trespass and royalty claims arising out of the production of oil and gas on reserve lands (Samson Indian Band et al v Imperial Oil et al).
•Acted as counsel for a financial institution involving an action to trace and recover funds based on allegations of bribery (Alberta Treasury Branches v. Leahy et al).
•Acted as counsel defending a manufacturer of helicopter parts in relation to a products liability claim.
•Acted as counsel in Federal Court to constitutional challenges to customary aboriginal laws (Letendre v Appeal Board of the Horse Lake First Nations; Ashley Paige Horseman v Horse Lake First Nation).
•Acted on injunctive relief and membership issues associated with a First Nation Community (Horseman v Horse Lake First Nation).
•Acted as counsel on a matter as to whether an immigrant who was “overqualified” for a position of employment was discriminated on the basis of national or ethnic origin (Sangha v McKenzie Valley Land and Water Board).
•Acted as counsel for an international air carrier in obtaining Anton Piller relief.
•Acted on issues associated with the specific land claim agreement of a First Nation Community (McAllister v. Horse Lake First Nation).
•Acted on determination of reserve interests under Indian Act (Stoney Band v. Poucette).

Publications
The Supreme Court’s Keewatin Decision: How... July 21, 2014 On July 11, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) issued its...
The Landmark Tsilhqot’in Nation Decision: ... July 03, 2014 On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “Court”) issued...
Doing Business in Alberta 2013 November 29, 2013 Doing Business in Alberta, updated as of November 2013, is an informative...
Current Obligations in Resource Development... April 01, 2010

In The Media
Heather Treacy, Q.C. Honoured at Canada’s ... March 05, 2015 Heather Treacy, Q.C., Office Managing Partner of the firm’s Calgary office, was...
Heather Treacy, Q.C. Named One of Canada’s... November 26, 2014 Davis LLP is proud to announce that Heather Treacy, Q.C., Office Managing...
56 Davis LLP Lawyers Recognized as Best in C... August 25, 2014 Davis LLP has once again featured prominently in Best Lawyers, with a...
33 Davis Lawyers Recognized in 2014 Canadian... June 02, 2014 Davis LLP Increases Number of Ranked Lawyers in 2014. Davis LLP is...
Davis LLP Litigators Recognized in Benchmark... February 07, 2014 Davis LLP is pleased to announce that ten of its firm’s litigation...
Calgary Herald Reports Heather Treacy’... October 16, 2013 Heather Treacy, Q.C. was recently named the Managing Partner of Davis LLP's...

Events
Specific Contract Considerations for Working... June 25, 2014 Davis LLP's Heather Treacy, Q.C. and Mike Styczen led a workshop on...
The Canadian Institute’s Forum on Envi... June 02, 2014 The Canadian Institute’s Forum on Environmental Law & Regulation in Alberta provides...
Navigating Your Career April 17, 2014 Lilith Professional is a formal mentoring organization that provides educational programs and...
Aboriginal Issues & Project Development... November 21, 2013 Heather Treacy, Q.C. - Managing Partner of Davis LLP’s Calgary office -...
Aboriginal Interests in Oil & Gas Devel... November 14, 2013 Davis LLP's Heather L. Treacy, Q.C. co-chairs the Aboriginal Interests in Oil...
Mini LLB for Aboriginal Leadership March 13, 2013 Davis LLP's Heather Treacy, Q.C. and Robert Banno, Q.C. participated in the...

Blogs
Supreme Court Values Leniency for Pleading D... Aboriginal Law Blog July 03, 2014 On June 26, 2014 the Supreme Court...

Recognition
Recognized as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100, 2014
Recognized by Benchmark Canada 2014 as a litigation star
Recommended by Best Lawyers in Canada 2013-2015 as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of Aboriginal Law
Recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2010 to 2014) as one of Canada's pre-eminent lawyers in the area of Aboriginal Law
BVDistinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Received the distinction and recognition as Queen's Counsel in 2012
Recipient of the 1996 Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers Pro Bono Service Award
Associations
Law Society of Alberta
Calgary Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association
International Bar Association
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Member of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Law Society of Alberta, 2008 to present
Former Member of the Law Society of Alberta Pro Bono Committee, 2007-2008
Former Member of the Law Society of Alberta Civil Practice Advisory Committee, 2004-2007
Executive Member of the National Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association
Past Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer of the Aboriginal Law Section (Southern Alberta) of the Canadian Bar Association
Past Chair of the Constitutional Law Section (Southern Alberta) of the Canadian Bar Association
Community Involvement
Vice Chair, Board of Directors and Chair, Governance Committee of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Past member, Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary of the Alberta Ballet Company
Past member, Board of Directors of Theatre Junction
Past member, Calgary Region Arts Foundation

Community Involvement
Vice Chair, Board of Directors and Chair, Governance Committee of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Past member, Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary of the Alberta Ballet Company
Past member, Board of Directors of Theatre Junction
Past member, Calgary Region Arts Foundation

 
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The Supreme Court’s Keewatin Decision: How Will it Affect Canada’s Resource Industries?
Laura Easton,Heather L. Treacy, July 23, 2014
On July 11, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) issued its decision in Grassy Narrows First Nation v Ontario, 2014 SCC 48 (“Keewatin”) and confirmed that Ontario has the exclusive power to “take up” treaty lands located in the Keewatin area of Treaty 3...

The Landmark Tsilhqot’in Nation Decision: What it Means for Project Developers in Canada
Laura Easton,Heather L. Treacy, July 11, 2014
On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “Court”) issued a landmark ruling in the area of aboriginal law with its decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44 (the “Decision”). The Court declared that the Tsilhqot’in Nation, a...


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1000 - 250 2nd Street S.W.
CalgaryAB T2P 0C1
 

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