David Whelan is BLG’s National Group Head, Specialized Business Law. David is also a member of the Firm’s National Management Committee and National Leader of the Oil & Gas Group. David practises in the areas of corporate commercial law and financial services, and has a broad range of experience dealing with commercial transactions and banking matters, as well as insolvency and restructuring matters. David acts for lenders and borrowers in all manner of financial services transactions, including asset-based loans, distressed lending, factoring, equipment leasing, and structured sale/leaseback transactions. David also has expertise in the area of derivatives and swap transactions, and in drafting and negotiating energy contracts in the Alberta power market.
David has been a member of BLG's National Management Committee since 2007, and from 2007-2016 he was the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Calgary office. He was also a member of BLG’s National Council from 2007-2014, and served as Chair of National Council for the 2007-2008 term.
•Past Member, Calgary Airport Business Development Advisory Board
•Member, BLG's United Way Fundraising Committee
•Past Director, Fernie Alpine Ski Team
•Past Member, Lake Louise Ski Club
Publications & Presentations
•Co-Chair, Insight Information Conference on Energy Contracts, 2006.
•Author/Speaker, Emission Reduction Credit Contracting - Emerging Systems and Issues in Contracting, Insight Information Conference, 2006.
•Author/Speaker, Priorities: A Secured Lender's Guide, Canadian Institute Conference, 2000.
•Author/Speaker, The Effect of Insolvency on the Validity and Enforceability of Commercial Loan and Security Documentation, Canadian Institute Conference, 1995.
•Author/Speaker, Enforcing Security Under Part V of the Personal Property Security Act, Legal Education Society of Alberta, 1994.
•Author/Speaker, Technical Update, Canadian Insolvency Practitioners' Association Conference, 1994.
•Author/Speaker, Revenue Canada and Secured Creditors: The Ongoing Battle for Priority, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch) Conference, 1993.
•Author/Speaker, The Rights of Employees in an Insolvency, Canadian Institute Conference, 1992.
Rankings & Recognitions
•Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Banking and Finance Law).
•Recognized in the 2016 edition of Legal 500 Canada (Energy - Oil & Gas).
•Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Chair, Canadian Bar Association's Southern Alberta Insolvency Subsection, 1989-90
•Instructor, Alberta Bar Admission Course (Creditors' Rights), 1989-2000
•Member, Calgary Bar Association
•Past Member, Calgary Export Club?