John A. Wilmot

Practice Focus

  • Banking & Finance
    • Lending transactions and debt restructurings primarily in the energy industry, with an equal emphasis on borrower and lender work
    • Secured and unsecured lending
    • Syndicated lending
    • Domestic and international lending
    • Project financing

Practice Areas


  • Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Laws, 1980
  • University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), History, 1976

Bar Admission

  • Nova Scotia 1985
  • Alberta 1981

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Best Lawyersas Calgary Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year, 2016 and 2021
  • Named in Best Lawyers as Calgary Equipment Finance Lawyer of the Year in 2020
  • Named in The Legal 500 Canada as a Recommended Lawyer in Canada in Banking and Finance, 2018-2020
  • Named in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance, 2016 and 2019 and as Senior Statesman, 2017-2019
  • Named in Best Lawyers as Calgary Project Finance Lawyer of the Year in 2019
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition on Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers, annually since 2013
  • Named in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, annually since 2012
  • Named in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2002-2017
  • Named in Canadian Lexpert Legal Directory as a leading practitioner in Canada in Banking and Financial Institutions annually since 2002, in Project Finance annually since 2004 and in Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing, 2018
  • Named in Who's Who Legal: Canada in the area of Banking Law, annually since 2010 and in the area of Project Finance, annually since 2011
  • Named in Chambers Global The Client's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading Canadian lawyer in Banking & Finance, 2004-2015
  • Named in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a recommended lawyer in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, Equipment Finance Law and Project Finance Law annually since 2006
  • Named in Who's Who Legal, the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in the area of Banking Law, annually since 2007 and in Project Finance, 2018
  • Named Best Lawyers' Calgary Equipment Finance Lawyer of the Year in 2014
  • Named in Expert Guides -The Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, in Banking and Project Finance, 2013-2017
  • Named Best Lawyers' Calgary Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year in 2012


  • Panel Members, Key Negotiation Issues in M&A Transactions, BD&P Client Seminar, November 1, 2012
  • Panel Member, Doing Business with Pacific Rim Participants, BD&P Client Seminar, May 31, 2012
  • Panel Member, High Yield & Convertible Debt - How Does It Work & What Are the Problems, BD&P Banking Seminar Series - Current Financing Alternative - Issues for the Borrower & Senior Secured Lender, June 23, 2011
  • Panel Member, Developments in the Syndicated Credit Market, BD&P Banking Seminar - Banking Issues in Today's World, March 22, 2010

Professional & Firm Involvement

  • Lecturer, Alberta Bar Admission Course on Secured Transactions, Drafting and Forms of Business Combinations
  • Member, Associates Committee, BD&P