John H. Cuthbertson, Q.C.

Practice Focus

  • Energy
    • Extensive experience in negotiating a wide variety of energy contracts relating to royalty trusts, partnerships, joint ventures, construction and ownership agreements, international operating agreements, joint acquisition agreements, facilities agreements, processing agreements and marketing and transportation agreements
    • Representations include private and public companies (junior, intermediate and senior) and financial, insurance and pension corporations in numerous joint venture acquisition, divestiture, swap and royalty trust transactions
    • Has acted as arbitrator of energy disputes

Practice Areas


  • Dalhousie University, Masters of Business Administration, International Business, 1979
  • Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Laws, 1979
  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction), 1975
  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Science, 1973

Bar Admission

  • Queen's Counsel 2008
  • Alberta 1980
  • Nova Scotia 1983

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member, Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation
  • Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Chambers Canada as a Leading Lawyer in Energy: Oil & Gas (Nationwide), 2016-2019 and Corporate Commercial (Alberta), 2016-2020
  • Named in Legal 500 Canada, as a Leading Lawyer in Corporate and M&A, 2016-2018, and as a Leading Lawyer in Energy - Oil & Gas 2016-2021
  • Named in the Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the area of Energy (Oil & Gas), 2006-2011 and 2014-2019
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition on Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers, annually since 2013
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, annually since 2013
  • Named in Who's Who Legal: Canada in the area of Energy Law annually since 2010
  • Named in Who's Who Legal, the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, in the area of Energy Law, annually since 2005
  • Named in Chambers Global World's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading Canadian lawyer in the area of Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional), annually since 2000
  • Named in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, 2007 and annually since 2009
  • Named in Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory as a leading practitioner in Energy (Oil & Gas) and Corporate Commercial, annually since 2002
  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada in Natural Resources Law annually since 2006
  • Named in Expert Guides -The Legal Media Group Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers, in Energy & Natural Resources, 2013-2017
  • Named as Best Lawyers in Canada Calgary Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year, 2015
  • Named in Which Lawyer, listing leading lawyers worldwide, as a leading lawyer in Energy Law, 2005-2013 (ceased publication in 2013)
  • Recipient of the Partnership Tracks Award of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists for outstanding contribution to the welfare & prestige of CSPG, 2010
  • Recipient of the Weldon Award from Dalhousie University for Outstanding Contributions to the Community and the Legal Profession, 2004
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association for Service to the Community, 2000


  • Panel Member, Doing Business with Pacific Rim Participants, BD&P Client Seminar, May 31, 2012

Community Involvement

  • Past Governor, Calgary Petroleum Club
  • Member and Past President, Calgary Roadrunners Club
  • Member, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Professional & Firm Involvement

  • Member, Compensation Committee, BD&P
  • Director and Past Chair, Calgary Legal Guidance, Volunteer since 1979
  • Founding Director of Pro Bono Law Alberta
  • Director of the Educational Trust Fund, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists
  • Past Annual Guest Lecturer, University of Calgary Oil & Gas Law School Course