Alicia K. Quesnel

Practice Focus

  • Energy and Commercial Transactions
    • Large scale conventional and unconventional upstream resource joint venture projects (petroleum and natural gas, oil sands and shale gas)
    • Midstream infrastructure projects (LNG export facilities, processing, pipeline and crude by rail transportation)
    • Renewable energy projects (wind, hydro and solar)
    • Acquisitions, mergers and divestitures
    • Royalties and midstream arrangements as alternative forms of financing
  • Competition Law and Foreign Investment
    • Securing regulatory approvals for mergers from the Competition Bureau, Investment Canada and other regulatory agencies
    • Advising on Competition Act compliance matters in a number of industries, including the upstream and midstream energy sectors, the energy service sector, power, petrochemicals, the airline industry and the grain industry, among others

Practice Areas


  • Institute of Corporate Directors, Director's Education Program, ICD.D Designation, 2017
  • University of Ottawa, Master of Laws, International Trade Law, 1994
  • Queen's University, Bachelor of Laws, 1993
  • University of Calgary, Master of Arts, International Relations, 1989
  • University of Lethbridge, Bachelor of Arts, 1987

Bar Admission

  • Alberta 1995

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in Energy: Oil & Gas, 2016-2022 and in Corporate Commercial (Alberta), 2018-2022
  • Named in The Legal 500 Canada, as a Leading Lawyer in Canada in Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2016-2022
  • Named as Best Lawyers in Canada's Calgary Lawyer of the Year in Natural Resource Law, 2018 and 2021
  • Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy (Oil & Gas) annually since 2014, in Corporate Commercial annually since 2015 and in Competition Law, 2018-2021
  • Named in Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: the Global Elite as a leading lawyer in Energy in 2020
  • Named in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the area of Energy (Oil & Gas), 2017-2020
  • Named in Who's Who Legal, the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in the area of Energy Law, annually since 2010
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition on Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers, annually since 2014
  • Named in Who's Who Legal, Canada in the area of Energy Law, annually since 2010
  • Named in Chamber's Global in the area of Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional), annually since 2006
  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada as a recommended lawyer in the areas of Energy Law, Oil and Gas Law and Natural Resources Law, annually since 2013
  • Named in Lexpert's Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, 2014-2016, 2018
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition of Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, annually since 2013
  • Named in Legal Media's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, in Energy and Natural Resources and in Women in Business Law, 2013-2017
  • Named as Best Lawyers in Canada's Calgary Lawyer of the Year in Natural Resource Law, 2016


  • Panel Member, Supply, Demand and Differentials, The Price of Crude oil in Canada, Southern Land Agents Lunch, March 2019
  • Panel Member, The Commercialization Challenge, The Future of Oil and Gas 2017, Conference sponsored by the Future Economy (Milestone GRP), January 2017
  • Panel Moderator, A View From Alberta, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), 2016 Model Contracts Workshop, June 2016
  • Panel Member, Current Issues in Oil & Gas Transactions: a Panel Discussion on Commercial Oil & Gas Agreements, University of Calgary: Assentio Mentium Program, February 2015
  • Panel Member, Finding a Way Forward with Foreign Investors: A Conversation about the Internationalization of Canadian Resource Development Agreements, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, January 2015
  • Co-Presenter, An Overview of the Changing Nature of Petroleum Joint Ventures in Canada, at the GPAC/PJVA Joint Conference, Connecting the Dots: The New Reality of Energy and Markets in Canada, November 2014
  • Panel Member, Examining How Government Bodies, LNG Terminal Developers, Asian Buyers, First Nations & Pipeline Companies Can Collaborate to Expedite the Establishment of a Canadian LNG Export Industry Whilst the Opportunity is Still There, Canadian LNG Exports Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration Initiative, June 2014, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Panel Chair, The Great Policy Debate on Managing FDI and SOE Activity in the New Landscape, University of Calgary's School of Public Policy Conference, Proceed With Caution? State-Owned Enterprises and the Need for a New Approach to Investment Policy, December 2013
  • Panel Member, At the Crossroads: The Uncertainty of SOE Investment in Canada's Resources Sector, BD&P Client Seminar, November 2013
  • Panel Member, Investment Canada Act: Investor Confidence or More Uncertainty, Canadian Bar Association Federal Investment Review Conference, Toronto, June 2013
  • Presenter, Omers Decision, Canadian Energy Law Foundation, June 2012
  • Panel Member, Doing Business with Pacific Rim Participants, BD&P Client Seminar, May 2012
  • Presenter, Competitor Collaborations: Strategic Alliance, Criminal Conspiracy or Agreement to Lessen Competition, BD&P Client Seminar, June 2010

Community Involvement

  • Director, Wings of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Director, SOS Children's Villages Canada

Professional & Firm Involvement

  • Member, Executive Committee, BD&P
  • Member, Compensation Committee, BD&P
  • Member, Partnership Admission Committee
  • Editor, BD&P Energy Newsletter
  • Director, Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation (now the Canadian Energy Law Foundation), 2000-2006 and Chair, 2006