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Bennett Jones LLP, Shawn Munro, Toronto, CANADA

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Shawn Munro

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Bennett Jones LLP

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Partner, Co-Head of Environmental


Shawn is co-head of the firm's environmental practice and the past co-head of the firm's aboriginal law practice. He advises and represents clients in relation to the regulatory and environmental aspects of oil and gas and electricity developments, including regulatory proceedings for wells, pipelines, batteries, upgraders, plants, power transmission lines, hydroelectric generation and waste facilities. With over 20 years of experience in the regulatory, environmental and aboriginal law practice areas, Shawn has undertaken hearings and secured approvals for numerous major projects, including pipelines and transmission lines, in-situ bitumen developments, sour gas developments and coalbed methane developments. Shawn deals with environmental assessments before federal and provincial authorities including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Alberta Environment and Parks and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office. He is experienced with regulatory enforcement, substance release investigations, prosecutions, contaminated site designations, protection orders and commercial due diligence in relation to the environmental matters. Shawn has assisted clients on negotiated settlements with land interest holders, and with securing rights of entry and participating in surface rights compensation hearings in various provinces. Shawn also advises on First Nations and Métis issues (including consultation, objections, access and compensation) relating to resource development on traditional lands, reserves and settlements. Examples of First Nations related mandates include addressing objections to major projects, matters of standing, consultation and benefits agreements, and appeals of permits and licenses. In particular, Shawn has advised project proponents on proposed LNG facilities and pipelines on lands subject to Aboriginal rights and title claims. Shawn also deals regularly with resource producer disputes such as common carrier, common processor, rateable take, injection schemes, gas and coal, and gas over bitumen. Shawn represents clients before Alberta tribunals including the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Environmental Appeals Board, the Natural Resources Conservation Board, the Surface Rights Board, and the Métis Settlements Appeal Tribunal; British Columbia tribunals including the British Columbia Utilities Commission, the Surface Rights Board, and the Oil and Gas Commission; and Federal tribunals including the National Energy Board and the Pipeline Arbitration Committee. As well, Shawn acts on related Court proceedings and Appeals.


University of Calgary, BA (English), 1989, First Class Honors | University of Western Ontario, MA (English), 1990 | University of Calgary, LLB, 1993, W.G. Brown, Q.C. Prize in Advanced Oil and Gas Law



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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