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Lawson Lundell LLP

Work Department

Indigenous Law; Environmental & Regulatory


John is a member of Lawson Lundell’s Indigenous, Environmental, and Project Development practice groups. His practice includes advising private sector and government clients throughout Canada on Indigenous, environmental, regulatory and natural resources matters. John advises oil sands developers, conventional oil and gas companies, railways, mining companies, utilities and other resource developers on environmental regulatory matters and on Indigenous law matters, including Indigenous consultation issues and negotiation of cooperation protocols and impact benefit agreements related to natural resource project development. John is also the firm’s General Counsel.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

Lawson Lundell LLP’s focus on the British Columbia, Alberta and Northern Canada markets is reflected in its activity across a diverse mix of energy matters. Among its industry strong suits, the group’s broad experience spans conventional oil and gas, oil sands, shale gas, and transport-related matters, while its comprehensive practice scope encompasses regulation, operational issues and corporate deals. Paul Negenman is recommended for his transactional practice and co-heads the department together with John Olynyk, who specializes in energy regulation, environmental law and Indigenous law — both are based in Calgary.

Canada > Environment

Distinguished by its record in resource development-related matters, Lawson Lundell LLP’s environmental law group is noted for its ability to provide seamless project support to domestic and multinational clients on regulatory, environmental and Indigenous law issues. Particularly recognized for its extensive expertise in mining-related work, the group’s recent engagements additionally span the forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, energy, transportation, manufacturing and real estate spheres, among others. Vancouver-based Brad Armstrong and Calgary-based John Olynyk co-head the department. Other key names include Vancouver’s Christine Kowbel and Calgary-based next-generation partner Shailaz Dhalla.

Canada > Indigenous law

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John OlynykLawson Lundell LLP

The practice at Lawson Lundell LLP shows particular strength in the natural resource segment, including mining projects, oil sands projects, transportation and shipping infrastructure projects, in addition to liquefied natural gas projects. The team is routinely instructed by government agencies, Aboriginal governments and corporate clients. Practice co-head Keith Bergner leads from Vancouver and specializes in advising both private and public sector clients, as well as government agencies, on Indigenous law and regulatory matters. Alongside him, John Olynyk co-leads from Calgary and focuses on environmental regulatory and Indigenous law matters. Vancouver-based partner Lana Shipley is noted for her activity on corporate and commercial energy matters.