Doug’s practice focuses on business and regulatory law, specifically in the utility, infrastructure, construction, transportation and energy industries. His unique practice allows him to serve clients with both commercial and business law advice as well as regulatory advice and representation.
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, 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 (Canada), Chambers Canada
•Leading Practitioner - Transportation Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
•Leading Practitioner - Infrastructure, Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition
•Represents a leading Canadian trucking company in its Alberta mergers & 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
•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 U.S.
•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
•Acts for a public utility issuer in the private placement issuance of corporate debentures
•Represented a leading Canadian publishing company in the purchase of publishing assets in Alberta, including occupational health and safety publishing and educational publishing concerns
•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
•Advising and drafting 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 Edmonton’s of Henday Drive
•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
•Provides advice on regulatory and commercial issues associated with the transloading and shipment by rail of petroleum products, including oilsands based products
•Secured water license and land use permit approvals for the construction of a hydroelectric dam in the Northwest Territories
•Secured approvals to renew water licenses for the operation of hydroelectric facilities in the Northwest Territories
•Represents Alberta’s largest municipality in utility regulation matters, including appearances in Appeal Courts on utility cases
•Represents Alberta’s largest provider of rural electric distribution service in regulatory proceedings and providing advice on corporate, commercial and regulatory matters
•Acted for applicant in environmental assessment approval for a hydroelectric generation and transmission project in the Northwest Territories
•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
•“Oilsands by Rail: Issues and Challenges”, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2014
•“Security and Payment Provisions”, McLennan Ross Construction Law Seminar, 2014
•“Mergers & Acquisitions Involving Transportation Undertakings”, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association Annual Conference
•“Contract Tips”, McLennan Ross Construction Law Seminar
•“Law of Contracts for Designers”, Buildex Edmonton
•“Contracting & Procurement Practices”, MACA Construction Conference