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Brad Gilmour

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Partner, Head of Regulatory


Brad is head of the firm's regulatory department and co-head of the environmental department. His practice focuses primarily on environmental, energy, regulatory and aboriginal law. He has significant experience in facility approval applications associated with a broad range of energy, natural resource, chemical, petrochemical, hydro, oil sands, bio-fuel, wind and other industry types. Brad appears before the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, the Alberta Energy Regulator (formerly, the Energy Resources Conservation Board), the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Natural Resources Conservation Board and the National Energy Board. Before entering the practice of law, he worked in Calgary as an environmental consultant conducting environmental liability assessments and site remediation programs. Brad writes and speaks on topics concerning environmental and regulatory law. As well, he has taught courses on environmental law and occupational health and safety law for the University of Calgary, Athabasca University, and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Brad is the past chair of the Canadian Prairie and Northern section of the Air and Waste Management Association and a past chair of the southern environmental section of the Canadian Bar Association.


Simon Fraser University, BSc, 1989, with honours | Indiana University (USA), MSc, 1992 | University of Calgary, LLB, 1995



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Brad Gilmour - Bennett Jones LLP

Within: Environment

Always knowledgeable and well prepared’, Bennett Jones LLP is a regular fixture on the most complex environmental files across Canada as well as project development issues and transactional matters. The Calgary-headquartered firm’s prominence in energy-related cases is almost a given but the sizeable national group also demonstrates strong expertise in transport, infrastructure and marine-related matters. In Toronto, department co-head Leonard Griffiths is lauded as a ‘standout expert’ and continues to lead some of the firm's most critical and sensitive cases, with strong experience in the full spread of corporate support, environmental management systems and litigation. Rising star Sarah Gilbert is also recommended in Toronto for her ability to ‘identify issues independently and without input or instruction’. In Calgary, Brad Gilmour, who heads the regulatory department, ‘consistently provides timely, practical and strategic advice’, while environmental co-lead Shawn Munro has a ‘wealth of experience and great rapport with both clients and intervening counsel’. In Vancouver, office managing partner Radha Curpen is ‘best in class’ and senior specialist David Bursey provides ‘calm and rational insights into municipal and provincial political issues’. Representative clients include ATCO Electric, Canadian Natural Resources and Rio Tinto Alcan.

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas

Within: Energy and natural resources: oil and gas

A ‘leader in the oil and gas space’, Bennett Jones LLP excels across the full range of transactional, project development and regulatory matters and the consensus is that ‘few firms come close to its comprehensive offering’. Among the names to note, Calgary managing partner Patrick Maguire is ‘excellent at both the big-picture analysis and the detail drafting’ and with John Piasta advised Cenovus Energy on its C$17.7bn acquisitions of ConocoPhillips’ Deep Basin conventional assets in Alberta and British Columbia as well as its 50% interest in FCCL Partnership. William Osler is a ‘superb corporate counsel’ and advised Pembina Pipeline on its joint venture with Petrochemical Industries for a proposed integrated propylene and polypropylene production facility. Donald Greenfield QC is another sought-after name for oil and gas deals and acted alongside ‘ very strong’ department co-head Vivek Warrier to advise Schlumberger Production Management on the C$1.3bn acquisition of the Palliser Block assets in Alberta from Cenovus Energy. Robert Booth QC is also an experienced transactional specialist, while Kieran Ryan is a ‘great up-and-comer’. Brad Gilmour provides ‘very strategic and thoughtful service’ and heads up the regulatory side of the practice, which also benefits from the senior expertise of Lawrence Smith QC and Loyola Keough.

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