Carolyn A. Wright

Practice Focus

  • Energy and Commercial Transactions
    •  Oil & gas transactions
    •  Commercial agreements pertaining generally to the oil & gas sector
    •  Commercial and corporate reorganizations and restructurings
    •  Energy project developments, including partnerships, joint ventures and other business combinations for both conventional and unconventional resources
  • Aboriginal Law
    • Negotiation and preparation of Impact Benefits and Participation Agreements in the energy and oil & gas sector 
    • Negotiation and preparation of various commercial agreements involving First Nations and Industry proponents.
    • Advice on corporate governance matters for First Nations owned businesses.
    • Negotiation and preparation of Joint Venture Agreements for First Nations in the energy, oil & gas and communications sectors 
    • Advice to First Nations on advantageous business structures, including general partnerships, limited partnerships and non-profit entities

Practice Areas


  • University of Calgary, Bachelor of Laws, 2003
  • York University, Master of Arts, Political Science, 1994
  • Queen's University, Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Politics, 1992

Bar Admission

  • Alberta 2004

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association Natural Resources Section

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in Energy: Oil and Gas (Transactional), 2019 and 2020
  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada as a recommended lawyer in the area of Energy Law, 2018-2020
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition on Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, 2018 and 2019
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition on Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers, 2019
  • Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy (Oil & Gas), 2018 and 2019
  • Named in The Legal 500 Canada as a recommended Energy lawyer in Canada, 2018


  • Co-presenter, Risky Business: When insolvency strikes, what do you do?, Canadian Bar Association Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA), May 2019
  • Co-presenter, Dealing with Defunct Vendors Post-Redwater, BD&P Client Seminar, May 2019
  • Panel Member, Redwater-The Responsibility for the End of Life Environmental Obligations, CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit, Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 2018
  • Co-presenter, The AER and Asset Transfers: What You Need to Know Before, During & After Insolvency, Association of Corporate Counsel Alberta, June 2016
  • Presenter, Risky Business: Protecting Against Counterparty Default and Insolvency Risk, BD&P Client Seminar, March 2015
  • Panel Member, Mitigating Directors' Exposure for Personal Environmental Liability, BD&P Client Seminar, February 2014
  • Co-presenter, What in the World is a ROFR?: An Introduction to Pre-emptive Rights, at the Canadian Energy Law Foundation Energy Fundamentals Seminar, Canmore, Alberta, February 2014

Professional & Firm Involvement

  • Co-Leader, Energy and Project Development Business Unit, BD&P
  • Director, Canadian Energy Law Foundation, President, 2013-2014 and Chair of the 2012 Jasper Seminar
  • Panelist, Canadian Energy Law Foundation Energy Fundamentals Seminar, Canmore, Alberta, 2013
  • Course Instructor in Rights of First Refusal, Canadian Association of Professional Landmen