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
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Aviation Law
  • Conflict Management & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Energy
  • Class Actions
  • Environmental Law
  • 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
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

 
LanguagesEnglish
 
Biography

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 Lexpert Directory (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 Will it Affect...
July 21, 2014
On July 11, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) issued...
The Landmark Tsilhqot’in Nation Decision: What it Means for...
July 3, 2014
On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “Court”)...
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 1, 2010
The Supreme Court’s Keewatin Decision: How Will it Affect Canada’s Resource Industries?
July 21, 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...
The Landmark Tsilhqot’in Nation Decision: What it Means for Project Developers in Canada
July 3, 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...
Doing Business in Alberta 2013
November 29, 2013
Doing Business in Alberta, updated as of November 2013, is an informative resource for businesses and investors wishing to gain insight into Canada's economic structure and Alberta's business regulatory framework.From market entry, financing,...
Current Obligations in Resource Development
reprinted in International Petroleum Transactions (3rd) ed., Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
April 1, 2010

In the Media
Heather Treacy, Q.C. Named One of Canada’s Top...
November 26, 2014
Davis LLP is proud to announce that Heather Treacy, Q.C., Office...
56 Davis LLP Lawyers Recognized as Best in Canada...
August 25, 2014
Davis LLP has once again featured prominently in Best Lawyers,...
33 Davis Lawyers Recognized in 2014 Canadian Legal...
June 2, 2014
Davis LLP Increases Number of Ranked Lawyers in 2014.Davis...
Davis LLP Litigators Recognized in Benchmark Canada...
February 7, 2014
Davis LLP is pleased to announce that ten of its firm’s...
Calgary Herald Reports Heather Treacy's Appointment...
October 16, 2013
Heather Treacy, Q.C. was recently named the Managing Partner...
Davis LLP Appoints Heather Treacy as New Managing...
October 4, 2013
Davis LLP is pleased to announce that Heather...

Events
Specific Contract Considerations for Working with First Nations...
June 25, 2014
Davis LLP's Heather Treacy, Q.C. and Mike Styczen led a workshop on contract considerations for working with First
The Canadian Institute's Forum on Environmental Law & Regulation...
June 2, 2014
The Canadian Institute’s Forum on Environmental Law & Regulation in Alberta provides practical guidance on
Navigating Your Career
April 17, 2014
Lilith Professional is a formal mentoring organization that provides educational programs and networking opportunities
Aboriginal Issues & Project Development: Assessing the Effect...
November 21, 2013
Heather Treacy, Q.C. - Managing Partner of Davis LLP's Calgary office - will be moderating a panel at the Canadian
Aboriginal Interests in Oil & Gas Development
November 14, 2013
Davis LLP's Heather L. Treacy, Q.C. co-chairs the Aboriginal Interests in Oil & Gas Development conference hosted
Mini LLB for Aboriginal Leadership
March 13, 2013
Davis LLP's Heather Treacy, Q.C. and Robert Banno, Q.C. participated in the Federated Press' Inaugural Mini
Specific Contract Considerations for Working with First Nations...
CI Energy Group 2nd Annual Supply Chain Contracts for Energy Conference
Speaker
June 25, 2014
Davis LLP's Heather Treacy, Q.C. and Mike Styczen led a workshop on contract considerations for working with First Nations as part of the CI Energy Group's 2014 Supply Chain Contracts for Energy conference.They provided strategic guidance
The Canadian Institute's Forum on Environmental Law & Regulation...
Multiple workshops
Speaker
June 2, 2014
The Canadian Institute’s Forum on Environmental Law & Regulation in Alberta provides practical guidance on how businesses can effectively navigate the new legal landscape under Alberta's new single energy regulator. Detailed programming
Navigating Your Career
Lilith Professional Networking Event
Speaker
April 17, 2014
Lilith Professional is a formal mentoring organization that provides educational programs and networking opportunities to help emerging female leaders in Canada achieve their career goals.Davis LLP's Heather Treacy, Q.C. -
Aboriginal Issues & Project Development: Assessing the Effect...
The Canadian Institute's Forum on Environmental Law & Regulation in Alberta
Panel Moderator
November 21, 2013
Heather Treacy, Q.C. - Managing Partner of Davis LLP's Calgary office - will be moderating a panel at the Canadian Institute's Forum on Environmental Law & Regulation in Alberta: Complying with the New Regulatory Framework.Heather will preside
Aboriginal Interests in Oil & Gas Development
Pacific Business & Law Institute Conference
Co-chair
November 14, 2013
Davis LLP's Heather L. Treacy, Q.C. co-chairs the Aboriginal Interests in Oil & Gas Development conference hosted by the Pacific Business Law Institute, which takes place on November 14 and 15 at the University of Calgary downtown campus

Blogs
Supreme Court Values Leniency for Pleading Defects in...
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Blog
July 3, 2014
On June 26, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ...
Supreme Court Values Leniency for Pleading Defects in Aboriginal Cases
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Blog
July 3, 2014
On June 26, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) issued its unanimous decision in Tsilhqot'in Nation v British Columbia, making the first declaration of Aboriginal title...

Recognition
Recognized by Benchmark Canada 2014 as a litigation star
Recommended by Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 and 2014 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
Received the distinction and recognition as Queen's Counsel in 2012
Recipient of the 1996 Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers Pro Bono Service Award
BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

 
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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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