Michael L. J. Morin, Q.C.

Current Role

  • Since Mike's return to BD&P in early 2011, he has been providing mentoring and practice advice to junior lawyers and students, particularly related to working with corporations and in-house counsel.

Past Experience

  • Extensive experience with respect to oil and gas, major projects and corporate counsel work
  • Extensive real estate experience, including sales, mortgages, developments and joint ventures
  • Hibernia Project, Chair Legal Committee of in-house counsel for project
  • Sable Offshore Gas Project, (including Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline), Legal Advisor to Senior Management
  • Creation and Implementation of two limited partnerships for Mobil Canada operating and tax efficiencies
  • Sale of Mobil Canada asset to Arc Energy Trust, Lead Counsel
  • Counsel regarding Canadian aspects of Exxon Corporation and Mobil Corporation merger
  • Counsel for Synergy Agreements between ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. and Imperial Oil Ltd.
  • Kearl Lake Oil Sands Project, Advisor to Senior Management regarding all aspects, including regulatory hearings and approvals
  • Mackenzie Gas Pipeline, Counsel and Advisor to Senior Management on aspects of project and government relations contact
  • Alaska Gas Project, Counsel and Senior Management Advisor, ExxonMobil Canada
  • Hebron Offshore Project, Legal and Advisor to Senior Management
  • Sable Project Coatings Litigation, Counsel and Advisor to Senior Management
  • Trusted Advisor to Senior Management of ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. and Imperial Oil Limited on many litigation, employment, oil and gas, major projects, aboriginal, regulatory and other legal matters


  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1968
  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts, 1965

Bar Admission

  • Queen's Counsel 1986
  • Alberta 1969

Professional Associations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Association of General Counsel of Alberta, Member, 1988-2010, President, 1994-1995
  • Association of Canadian General Counsel, Member, 1990-2007, President, 1997-1998, Emeritus Member, 2007-present

Professional History

  • Imperial Oil Ltd., Assistant General Counsel, Resources/Commercial, 2001-2010
  • Mobil Oil Canada Ltd. (ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.), Vice President, Director, Secretary and General Counsel, 1988-2010
  • Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, 1968-1988


  • Lecturer, University of Calgary, Faculty of Engineering, Survey Law, (1980-1982)
  • Lecturer, Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University), Business Law, (1977-1979)

Community Involvement

  • Board Member (2002-2009) and Chairman (2005-2008), Theatre Junction
  • Board Member (2002-2008) and Chairman (2006-2008), Hull Family Services
  • Board Member (1993-1999) and Chairman (1997-1998), Environmental Law Centre
  • Chairman, William Reid Parents Council, (1989-1990)
  • Board Member (1985-1989) and Vice-Chairman (1988-1989), Alberta Children's Hospital