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JoAnn is called to the bars of Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Environmental Law Centre (Alberta).
Awards and Recognition:
•Leading Lawyer, Lexpert Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining 2017
•Aboriginal and Energy Law, Best Lawyers in Canada
•Repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner in Aboriginal Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
•Lexpert's Leading Canadian Energy Lawyers 2013 - 2014
Energy, Environmental & Regulatory Experience
•Represented Canadian Natural Resources in connection with the environmental assessment process and regulatory approvals for its Kirby Expansion Project and in relation to the renewal of the environmental and water approvals for the Horizon Mine.
•Represented Koch Exploration Canada in respect of regulatory, environmental and public land applications for winter drilling programs and the Dunkirk in situ oil sands project, advice on aboriginal consultation issues.
•Acted for Laricina Energy with regard to regulatory, environment and aboriginal consultation matters (26 First Nation and Metis communities) for the Stony Mountain Pipeline project as well as regulatory compliance matters for two operating in situ sites.
•Represented Pembina Pipeline Corporation with regard to regulatory and aboriginal consultation issues for its Nipis and Mitsue pipeline projects in the Slave Lake area, Alberta.
•Represented Surmont Energy with regard to regulatory, public land and aboriginal consultation issues for the Wildwood in situ oil sands project.
•Acted for Swan Hills Synfuels with respect to regulatory applications and aboriginal consultation issues for its synthetic coal gas (“clean gas”) project near Slave Lake, Alberta including the Alberta Utilities Commission power plant application.
•Represented NOVA Chemicals with regard to various environmental and regulatory compliance matters including several carbon offset purchase transactions.
•Acted for Provident Energy with respect to regulatory compliance, environmental and land use planning issues for its Redwater fractionation facility and brine pond operations located near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.
•Represented Air Products Canada Ltd. with respect to regulatory and environmental approvals, and the negotiation of access agreements with landowners for its Heartland Hydrogen Pipeline Project, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.
Aboriginal Law Experience
•Acted for BC Hydro as part of the negotiating team in respect of settlement negotiations to address long standing claims by one First Nation and one Metis community in the Fort Chipewyan area stemming from the building of the Bennett Dam in 1967.
•Advised Painted Pony Petroleum with regard to aboriginal consultation issues for proposed development in Northeast British Columbia.
•Advised Canbriam Energy with regard to aboriginal consultation issues in northeast British Columbia.
•Represented Gemini Corporation with regard to business structure for environmental consultation joint venture with First Nation in northern Alberta.
•Provided AREVA Resources Canada Inc. with strategic advice on Aboriginal consultation obligations for its Midwest Uranium Project in northern Saskatchewan.
•Provided Shell Canada Limited with the development of legislative and regulatory framework pursuant to the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act for a joint venture oil sands project with Fort McKay First Nation in northern Alberta.
•Advised Energias de Portugal with respect to the acquisition of several wind farm assets situated on First Nation reserve and settlement lands in eastern Canada.
•Provided SemCAMS ULC with consultation requirements and negotiation of agreements with several potentially-impacted Aboriginal communities for its proposed 175 kilometre sour gas pipeline from northeast British Columbia to Alberta.
•Represented Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro with respect to regulatory and aboriginal law matters for the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project in Labrador.
•Represented Shear Minerals in respect to the renewal of the water license for the Jericho Diamond Mine site located near Kugluktuk, Nunavut.
•Acted for AREVA Resources Canada in connection with regulatory, environmental and impact benefit requirements for its Kiggavik Uranium Project in Nunavut.
•Represented DeBeers Canada Inc. with respect to the environmental assessment process, land use and strategic advice on the negotiation of impact benefit agreements with First Nation and Metis communities in respect of its Gahcho Kue Diamond Mine Project in the Northwest Territories.
•Represented Shell Canada Limited in connection with obtaining land access and the environmental assessment process for its Niglintgak natural gas field and the gathering system in the Inuvialuit region, Northwest Territories as part of the Mackenzie Gas Project.
Publications & Presentations
JoAnn is a frequent author and speaker at conferences including:
• Aligning Energy Development with the Interests of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada , Canadian Energy Law Foundation 2015 Jasper Research Seminar, June 2015 (co-author). Published in the Alberta Law Review Vol 53, No. 2 (December 2015) 529.
• Transition to the Alberta Energy Regulator , Environmental Law & Regulation for Oil and Gas, Federated Press, 2014
• The Alberta Energy Regulator & Intervener Standing , The Canadian Bar Association, Environmental Section, 2014
• The Alberta Energy Regulator in Practice: Assessing its Impact on Industry , Environmental Law and Regulation in Alberta Conference, The Canadian Institute, 2014
• Anti-Bribery and Corruption Law in Canada: Application to Transactions with Aboriginal Groups , Canadian Energy Law Foundation, 7th Annual Energy Law Fundamentals Seminar, 2014
• New Alberta Energy Regulator: Assessing the Impact on Industry , Environmental Law and Regulation in Alberta Conference, Complying with the New Regulatory Framework, The Canadian Institute, 2013
•Co-Chair, Environmental Law and Regulation in Alberta Conference, Complying with the New Regulatory Framework, The Canadian Institute, 2013
• Caribou, Cumulative Effects and the Crown's Duty to Consult , 4th Annual Northeast B.C. Natural Gas Summit, Insight Information, 2012
Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:
•Director and President, Environmental Law Centre
•Past Vice-Chair, National Aboriginal Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
•Past Chair, Southern Alberta Aboriginal Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
•Member, Canadian Energy Law Foundation