Ron's legal practice focuses on resource development applications and commercial disputes. His experience is focused on energy, environmental and construction-related projects and conflicts. He regularly appears before a variety of tribunals and courts in Alberta and elsewhere in Canada.
Ron acts for industry and governments on a wide variety of litigation and administrative hearings on environmental and regulatory issues. He also defends environmental prosecutions and provides strategic advice to corporations involved in stakeholder issues and enforcement proceedings. He has acted in many contaminated site disputes and redevelopment issues involving contaminated sites.
Ron advises contractors and owners on a variety of construction disputes. He has also acted in a number of commercial arbitrations and mediations involving energy, regulatory and construction disputes.
Awards and Recognition:
•2017 Distinguished Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell
•Environmental Law, 2016 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
•Environment Law, Oil & Gas Law and Transportation Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
•Environmental Law, Chambers Canada
•Edmonton Construction Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in Canada
•Environmental Law, Chambers Global
•Construction Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, and Transportation Law, Best Lawyer in Canada
•Environmental Law, Who's Who Legal Canada
•Queen's Counsel, 2012
•Alberta Emerald Foundation Award for Youth
Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:
•President, Alberta Chamber of Resources
•Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Canadian Centre for Environmental Arbitration and Mediation
•Member, The Edmonton Legal Forum
•Past Director, Regional Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada
•Past Director and Chair, Alberta Emerald Foundation
•Past Director and President, Environmental Law Centre
•Past Director, Edmonton Bar Association
•Past President, Crestwood Community League
Energy, Environmental & Regulatory
•Represented the City of Calgary in one of the largest contaminated site disputes in Alberta.
•Acted on behalf of oil sands operators with respect to environmental prosecutions.
•Counsel on behalf of proponents for mining, electricity, and oil and gas applications.
•Associate General Counsel to the Commissioner of the Public Inquiry into policing of the Blood Indian Tribe.
Commercial & Construction
•Part of the trial team in one of the largest civil claims in the province dealing with a fire at a major oil sands facility.
•Acted as counsel in construction arbitrations with respect to changes in soil conditions, changes in scope of work, changes in design, and public/private partnership disputes.
•Acted on behalf of plant owner in negligence action against geotechnical engineering firm in a cooling pond failure.
•Acted on behalf of power generation corporations with respect to business interruption claims and power purchase agreement disputes.
•Member of an arbitration tribunal for a construction dispute between EPC contractor and power plant owner.
• Contaminated Sites: The Real Law , McLennan Ross Webinar
• Environmental Issues in Project Development , Construction Super Conference, Canadian Institute
•“Environmental Enforcement: Trends, Response Plans and Prevention”, Canadian Bar Association - Construction Section
•“The Joint Review Process for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project”, Canadian Bar Association - Aboriginal Law Section
•“Environmental Investigations”, Air and Waste Management Association - Canadian Prairie & Northern Section
•“Oil Sands Aftermath: Environmental Defence Considerations”, McLennan Ross HSE Semina