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His business law practice experience includes construction projects, mergers and acquisitions, banking and financing matters, transportation transactions and agreements, land development projects, and public-private partnerships in the infrastructure and utility sectors.
Doug’s strong business background includes management experience in the transportation and resource industries. His clients include private and public corporations and businesses, as well as public institutions and agencies, and local and regional governments.
He also regularly represents his clients before regulatory tribunals on matters concerning public utility regulation, telecommunications, electricity generation, natural gas transmission and distribution, project operating and environmental approvals, land and water licensing and permitting.
Doug is the Past President of the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association and Past Chair of the firm’s Corporate Commercial Securities Practice Group.
Awards and Recognition:
•Transportation Law, Best Lawyers in Canada, 2019
•Transportation (Canada), Chambers Canada
•Leading practitioner - Transportation law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017
•Leading practitioner, 2014 Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition - Infrastructure
•Martindale Hubbell Peer Rating 4.5 out of 5.0
•Represents a leading Canadian trucking company in its Alberta mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions and commercial matters.
•Represents Alberta rural electric utilities in a variety of corporate and commercial matters, including acting on a number of purchase and sale transactions.
•Represents a number of energy service companies in a variety of corporate and commercial matters, including acting on a number of purchase and sale transactions.
•Acts for a public utility issuer in the private placement issuance of corporate debentures.
•Represents a leading distributor of parts and industrial supplies in a variety of corporate and commercial matters, including acting on a number of purchase and sale transactions.
•Represents a number of contractors in the civil and industrial contracting and construction sectors.
•Represented the lead partner in a public private partnership to develop and construct an independent hydroelectric power and transmission project in the Northwest Territories.
•Represented the sellers in the sale of a pipeline construction contractor to a large public infrastructure company based in in the United States.
•Represented the sellers in the sale of Western Canada’s largest trailer manufacturer to a private equity firm.
•Represented a leading Edmonton based construction company in the acquisition of aggregate manufacturing, road work construction, and specialty aggregate businesses.
•Represents owners and contractors in tendering and procurement processes and in the review and negotiation of construction contracts for civil infrastructure, Oilsands facilities and industrial projects.
•Advises on and drafts standard form tendering, request for proposal and construction contract documents for owners and general contractors.
•Represented a major contractor in negotiation of public private partnership agreements for the construction of the Southeast portion of Henday Drive in Edmonton.
•Represented the owner in public private partnerships for the development of electric generation and transmission projects in the Northwest Territories.
•Represented owners in engineering, procurement and construction contracts for the construction of a coal gasification facility in Alberta and a hydroelectric facilities in the Northwest Territories.
•Represents Alberta’s largest municipality in public utility regulation matters before the Alberta Utilities Commission, and provides strategic advice on associated regulatory matters.
•Represents Alberta’s largest municipality before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on telecom matters, and provides strategic advice on associated regulatory matters.
•Represents Alberta’s largest provider of rural electric distribution service in regulatory proceedings before the Alberta Utilities Commission, and provides strategic advice on associated regulatory matters.
•Represents a leading waste management company with management and defense of transportation operating violations.
•Secured water license and land use permit approvals for the construction of a hydroelectric dam in the Northwest Territories.
•Represents an electric utility with respect to operating and water licenses for the operation of hydroelectric facilities.
•Acted for applicant in environmental assessment approval for a hydroelectric generation and transmission project in the Northwest Territories.
•Provides advice on regulatory and commercial issues associated with the transloading and shipment by rail of petroleum products, including Oilsands based products.
•Acting on behalf of both private and government parties in submissions before the Canada Transportation Agency on railway regulatory matters, including the formulation of Service Level Agreements.
Presentations and Publications
•Panel Moderator, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association 2016 and 2017 Annual Conference, Transportation Network Companies
•“Utility Asset Disposition Case Review”, Energy Bar Association 2015 Western Conference
•“The Regulation of Uber and Transportation Network Companies”, 2015 Transportation Law Institute Proceedings
•“Oilsands by Rail: Issues and Challenges”, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association 2014 Annual Conference
•“Security and Payment Provisions”, McLennan Ross Construction Law Seminar 2014
•“Mergers & Acquisitions Involving Transportation Undertakings”, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association Annual Conference 2011
•“Contract Tips”, McLennan Ross Construction Law Seminar 2010
•“Law of Contracts for Designers”, Buildex Edmonton 2010
•“Contracting & Procurement Practices”, MACA Construction Conference 2007
• Uber: The Challenge for Lawmakers in Canada, The Transportation Lawyer, 2016
Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities
•Past President, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association
•Past Chair, Energy and Natural Resources Section, Meritas
•Member, Canadian Bar Association
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