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Alan Ross is the Managing Partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's Calgary office, as well as National Leader for the Firm's Public Policy and Government Relations Group. Alan practices administrative and regulatory law with a focus on regulatory proceedings of provincial and national importance in the areas of pipeline transmission, oil and natural gas, renewables and electricity markets. As well, he practices in the international trade area, including NAFTA and Canadian International Trade Tribunal dispute resolution and has extensive knowledge in corporate governance and telecommunications issues. Alan is a member of BLG's Oil and Gas, U.S., and Women's Leadership Development Committees.
Alan has appeared on behalf of energy clients before the National Energy Board, as well as provincial regulators, including the Alberta Energy Regulator (formerly known as the Energy Resources Conservation Board and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board), the Alberta Utilities Commission, the British Columbia Utilities Commission and the Ontario Energy Board. Alan also has significant experience with regulators in the United Kingdom and the European Union, as well as the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
From 2013 to 2014, Alan served as the Province of Alberta’s Representative to Ottawa and the Toronto-Montreal corridor, a Deputy Minister-level position, reporting directly to the Premier of Alberta. In this capacity, Alan represented the Government of Alberta at a federal level, and advised the Premier and other senior government officials on pipelines, oil and gas markets, foreign investment, climate change, carbon pricing and other energy policy issues.
Prior to joining BLG, Alan worked for a leading international energy infrastructure company (with a strong focus on pipelines and power generation) from 2002 to 2006. From 1997 to 2001, Alan practiced in the corporate/commercial department of an international law firm based in London, England. His practice was focused on serving a number of overseas clients.
Alan is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization, the Canadian Energy Executive Association and a former board member of the Canadian American Business Council.
Publications & Presentations
Alan is an editor and writer for THE RESOURCE: BLG Energy Law Blog . This blog is authored by members of BLG's Oil and Gas Focus Group, along with timely contributions from members of our Electricity Markets Focus Group and guest contributors.
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Alan is also frequently interviewed on matters of national and provincial interest related to pipelines and other energy issues by members of the media for the energy, legal industries and general interest publications including Alberta Oil Magazine, Bloomberg Television, Business News Network, Calgary Herald, Globe & Mail, Law Times, Lawyers Weekly, Lexpert Magazine, National Post/Financial Post, Oilweek and The Wall Street Journal.
Media coverage, publications and presentations include:
•Quoted, Legal experts mixed on chances of success for provincial challenges to federal carbon tax, The Lawyer's Daily, August 13, 2018.
•Keynote Speaker, Land of Opportunity: The Evolving Business Landscape in Alberta, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, June 6, 2018.
•Co-Author, Steeling for a Fight - U.S. President Trump Announces Tariffs on Imported Steel and Aluminum, BLG's International Trade Litigation and Arbitration Bulletin, March 7, 2018.
•Keynote Speaker, Trends and Transition in the Canadian Energy Market, BMO Nesbitt Burns Executive Thought Leadership Series, February 16, 2018.
•Quoted, B.C. oil spill consultation process raises issues of jurisdiction, delay: experts, The Lawyer's Daily, February 8, 2018.
•Quoted, Notley threatens trade battle with B.C. over Trans Mountain, The Globe and Mail, January 31, 2018.
•Keynote Speaker, State of the Power Market and Regulatory Changes, Canadian Electricity Association's General Counsels' Meeting, October 19, 2017.
•Quoted, Regulatory hurdles not determining factor in death of Energy East project: experts, Lawyers Daily, October 12, 2017.
•Author, Frothy Dispute Over Alberta's Craft Beer Markup and Provincial Grant System, Lawyers Daily, October 10, 2017.
•Speaker, Retrospective - Perspective: The Future of Alberta’s Carbon Taxation Policies, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society Annual Conference, June 7, 2017.
•Author, Pipelines and Public Interest: Attorney General of Alberta Granted Intervener Status, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, June 6, 2017 .
•Interviewed, 'How do I lie down in front of the bulldozers ’: Kinder Morgan faces emboldened activists in post-vote B.C., Financial Post, May 17, 2017.
•Speaker, Alberta Electricity Market in Transition, 2017 Canadian Energy Law Forum, May 10, 2017.
•Interviewed, B.C. resource projects face uncertainty after election, The Globe and Mail, May 10, 2017.
•Co-Author, Ready, Set, Go: Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Procurement Begins, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, April 3, 2017 .
•Co-Author, President Trump’s Executive Order on Keystone XL-encouragement but not an approval, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, January 25, 2017 .
•Interviewed, Unlikely To See Border Tax On Crude, Bloomberg TV Canada, January 23, 2017.
•Co-Author, 2016 Year in Review: Top 10 Regulatory Decisions and Trends of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, January 17, 2017 .
•Co-Author, 2016 Year in Review: Top 10 Judicial Decisions and Trends of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, January 12, 2017 .
•Co-Author, 2016 Year in Review: Top 10 Legislative, Regulatory and Policy Changes and Trends of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, January 8, 2017 .
•Co-Author, Federal Liberal Government Approves Line 3 and Line 2 Pipelines, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, December 5, 2016.
•Co-Author, Alberta To Cap Electricity Rates And Bring In A Capacity Market, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, November 23, 2016.
•Co-Author, Alberta Government Introduces Legislation Mandating Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Alberta Oil Sands, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, November 20, 2016.
•Co-Author, Update: Alberta Carbon Levy, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, November 20, 2016.
•Co-Author, Alberta’s First Competitive Power Procurement Begins, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, November 7, 2016.
•Co-Author, Alberta Announces the Terms for its Initial 400 MW Renewable Electricity Procurement, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, November 4, 2016.
•Speaker, The Alberta Carbon Levy - Greener and Meaner BLG Seminar, November 2016.
•Co-Author, Is The Play Still The Thing - The Status of Play-Based Regulation In Alberta, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, October 24, 2016.
•Co-Author, The New Federal Carbon Pricing Policy - Roadmap to a Pan-Canadian Energy Strategy The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, October 19, 2016.
•Interviewed, Hurdles ahead for Canada's low-carbon future, Bloomberg TV Canada, October 18, 2016.
• Co-Author, New Opportunities in the Alberta Electricity Market - An Overview, BLG Publication, October 2016.
• Co-Author, Federal Court of Appeal Dismisses Challenge, Finds That The Court Should Not Engage Itself Prematurely in the Administrative Process, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, September 26, 2016.
• Co-Author, Play Back AER’s Evaluation of its Play-Based Regulation Pilot Released, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, July 26, 2016.
• Co-Author, Canada’s Environmental Assessment Process Review Adds Uncertainty For Approvals, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, June 30, 2016.
•Author/Speaker, Renewables in Alberta: New Policies, New Opportunities Canada Energy Law Foundation’s Jasper Seminar / Alberta Law Review’s Petroleum Law Edition, 2016.
•Co-Author, Will a carbon levy make Alberta less competitive The devil’s in the details, The Globe and Mail, June 14, 2016.
•Speaker, Preparing for the Alberta Carbon Levy, BLG Seminar, June 2016.
•Co-Author, Positive Recommendation - National Energy Board Conditionally Approves Trans Mountain Expansion Project, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, May 24, 2016.
•Interviewed, What's next for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Business News Network, May 20, 2016.
•Co-Author, Federal Government Signals Support For Indigenous Rights Declaration, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, May 12, 2016.
•Co-Author, Speaking Social Licence in the Senate, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, May 9, 2016.
•Co-Author, Alberta Budget 2016, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, April 15, 2016.
•Co-Author, AER Reminds Licensees of Certain Obligations when Ceasing Operations, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, April 14, 2016.
•Interviewed, Even if NEB approves pipelines, communities may not: Lawyer, Business News Network, April 8, 2016.
•Co-Author, Highlights of The Speech From The Throne - Second Session Of The Twenty-Ninth Legislature March 8th, 2016, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, March 9, 2016.
•Quoted, Quebec cites environment in seeking injunction over Energy East pipeline, Toronto Star, Global News, The Daily Courier, The Chronicle-Herald, Brandon Sun, MetroNews Canada, March 1, 2016.
•Co-Author, In Process New Federal Rules for Pipeline Approvals, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, February 29, 2016.
•Co-Author, Alberta’s New Royalty Framework - Same Idea, New Structure, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, January 29, 2016.
•Interviewed, Climate change rules and low oil shake up energy sector: Lawyer, Business News Network, January 21, 2016.
• Co-Author, 2015 Year in Review: Top 10 Regulatory Decisions of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, January 14, 2016.
•Co-A uthor, Top 10 Legal Risks for Business in 2016: Climate Change, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, January 10, 2016.
•Co-Author, 2015 Year in Review: Top 10 Judicial Decisions of Import to the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, January 8, 2016.
•Co-Author, 2015 Year in Review: Top 10 Legislative, Regulatory and Policy Changes of Import to the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, January 6, 2016.
•Co-Author, “ The View from Alberta: Recent Developments in Provincial and Interprovincial Energy Policy, ” Energy Regulation Quarterly, December 2015.
•Co-Author, “ Supreme Court of Canada Will Hear “Charter Damages” Case Against Alberta’s Energy Regulator, ” Energy Regulation Quarterly, December 2015.
•Co-Author, The Speech from the Throne, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, December 7, 2015.
•Co-Author, Alberta's new climate change strategy: what does it mean for renewable power project development in the Province, Lexology, November 26, 2015.
•Co-Author, Big Changes Coming to Alberta’s Electricity Market - The Winners and Losers, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, November 26, 2015.
•Co-Author, All change - Alberta overhauls climate policy, ushers in sweeping new requirements, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, November 23, 2015.
•Co-Author, Alberta Premier Notley Tips her Climate Change Hand, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, November 16, 2015.
•Co-Author, New Energy Trudeau Unveils Cabinet, Mix of Newcomers and Veterans in Key Portfolios, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, November 4, 2015.
•Co-Author, Alberta Bound Province Releases Budget, Projects $6.1 Billion Deficit for 2015-16, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, October 28, 2015.
•Author, Is The Oil and Gas Industry Ready Canadians Elect Liberal Majority Government, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, October 20, 2015.
•Co-Author, Energy policy under minority government, Financial Post, October 15, 2015.
•Co-Author, I Can See Clearly Now...AER Furthers Transparency Objective by Making Wider Variety of Decisions Publicly Available, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, October 2, 2015.
•Co-Author, Surrounding Circumstances Contractual Interpretation in MEG Energy Corp v Canexus Corp, 2015 ABQB 361, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, September 25, 2015.
•Interviewed, Leaders debate Canada's energy future, Business News Network, September 18, 2015.
•Speaker, Social License and Recent Federal Energy Reforms, Canadian Bar Association, September 9, 2015.
•Author, New Canada - Quebec Energy Accord - Entente Cordiale, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, 24 July 2015.
•Co-Author, Separation Anxiety - Is a Divided Alberta Energy Regulator Around The Corner, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, 3 July 2015.
•Co-Author, The New Alberta Government’s First Speech fr om the Throne, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, 16 June 2015.
•Co-Author, All Aboard U.S. and Canada Announce New Joint Regulations for Rail Tank Car Safety Standards, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, 27 May 2015.
•Co-Author, In With The New... Democratic Party - NDP Majority Elected In Alberta, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, 6 May 2015.
•Quoted, Provincial pipeline conditions change the game, Lexpert Magazine, April 2015.
•Co-Author, The Full Montney NEB Recommends NGTL’s North Montney Mainline Project - With Conditions, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, 6 May 2015.
•Co-Author, At a Loss The AUC Revisits Milner Power and How to Remedy the “Line Loss Rule, ” The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, 12 March 2015.
•Interviewed, The Ask: Our man in Ottawa on Alberta’s lingering outsider status, Alberta Oil Magazine, 13 March 2015.
• Author/Speaker, The Intersection of Recent Federal Regulatory Reforms and Social License, Canada Energy Law Foundation’s Jasper Seminar / Alberta Law Review’s Petroleum Law Edition, 2015.
•Speaker, Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) 2015 Natural Gas Conference LNG: Canada’s Last Window of Opportunity, 2-3 March 2015.
•Author, Toll Bridge NEB Approves TransCanada Mainline 2015-2030 Tolls and Tariff, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, 17 February 2015.
•Author, The Play’s The Thing - AER Launches Play-Based Regulation Pilot for Duvernay, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, 6 February 2015.
•Author, 2014 in Review: Top 10 Legislative and Regulatory Changes For The Canadian Oil and Gas Industry, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, 2 February 2015.
•Author, 2014 in Review: Top 10 Canadian Judicial Decisions of Import to the Oil and Gas Industry, The Resource: BLG Energy Blog, 29 January 2015.
•Speaker, Energy Policy and Politics, Bloomberg Economic Summit, Toronto, May 13, 2014.
•Speaker, Global Opportunities for Innovative Clean Technologies, Economic Club of Canada, Ottawa, October 15, 2013.
•Speaker, The View From Ottawa”, Alberta Regulatory Law Forum, Calgary, May, 2013.
•Speaker, Operational and Planning Challenges and Options for Inter-ties Between International Power Markets, Alberta Power Summit, November 27-29, 2012.
•Author, Risk Around Oil Spills Under Increased Scrutiny, The Lawyers Weekly, October 2012.
•Speaker, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ National Dialogue on Canadian Natural Gas, May 2012.
•Speaker, Examining the Issues that Affect Gas Developments in Canada and the US,” Canadian Energy Research Institute’s Natural Gas Conferenc Going Global - Shifting the Focus of the Gas Industry February 27-28, 2012.
•Speaker, Environmental Law Cross Country Update - The Alberta Regulatory Framework - Lean and Green, Toronto, October, 2011.
•Author/Speaker, The Changing Legislation and Regulation of Carbon Capture and Storage - Impacts on Purpose, Policy and Projects,” Canada Energy Law Foundation’s Jasper Seminar / Alberta Law Review’s Petroleum Law Edition, 2011.
•Interviewed, Environmental Law: Alberta’s new carbon capture and storage regulation, www.lawyersweekly.ca, 17 June 2011.
•Author, Legislative Process and Land-Use Issues For Large-Scale Projects, Edge on Energy, October 2010.
•Speaker, “Environmental Law Update - Critical Information You Need to Know About the Changing World of Environmental Law, Toronto, September 2010.
•Speaker, Doing Business in Russia, Global Petroleum Show, June 2010.
•Speaker, The Status of Standing, Canadian Energy Law Forum, May 2010.
•Speaker, Carbon Pricing - Will it Mean the Death of Coal, Canadian Energy Research Institute Electricity Conference, October 19-20, 2009.
•Speaker, Regulating Greenhouse Gases - Positioning Your Company in the New Carbon Economy Lexpert Conference Series, June 2009.
Rankings & Recognitions
•Recognized in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy: Provincial Regulatory & Litigation).
•Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2012) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Natural Resources Law, and Oil & Gas Law).
•Recognized in the 2011 edition of The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada as a Corporate Lawyer to Watch.
•Lexpert Rising Stars Award for Leading Lawyers under 40, 2010.
•Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated.
• He represents a wide range of clients in provincial and national regulatory proceedings, and sources believe he is an excellent communicator with a rare depth of knowledge and a strong business background to couple with his legal experience.
- Chambers Canada
•Member, Young Presidents' Organization
•Advisory Board Member, Western Canada General Counsel Awards
•Lecturer (on Oil & Gas Law), University of Alberta, Calgary and Ottawa Law Schools
•Lecturer (on Energy Business and Strategy), Universite de Montreal (Hautes etudes Commerciales) MBA Program
•Lecturer on International Law and Policy, Canada School of Public Service
•Advisory Committee, Canadian Energy Research Institute
•Member, Canadian Energy Executive Association
•Former Board Chair, Alberta Emerald Foundation
•Member, Canadian Bar Association Conduct Committee Member, Law Society of Alberta, 2003-06
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