Louise Novinger Grant

Practice Focus

  • Commercial and General Litigation
    • Broad experience in corporate, commercial, insurance, professional negligence and product liability claims
  • Commercial Arbitration
    • Active as counsel in domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings, and investor state disputes under investment treaties
  • Energy Litigation
    • Active as counsel in energy litigation and arbitration, including contract disputes, royalty disputes and accounting issues
  • Court and Hearing Experience
    • Appearances before international commercial arbitration tribunals in Canada, the United States, Sweden and the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague
    • Appearances before trial and appellate courts in Alberta, and other tribunals including the Workers’ Compensation Board and the Canada Pension Plan Appeals Board

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Calgary, Bachelor of Laws, 1995
  • University of Calgary, Master of Education, 1985

Bar Admission

  • Alberta 1996

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS)
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society

Honours & Recognition

  • Recipient, President’s Award, Easter Seals Alberta, recognizing outstanding contribution to the organization (a registered charity), which provides services that foster inclusion, independence, and recreation for individuals with disabilities and medical conditions, 2012 (Board Member, 2008-2017)

Presentations

  • Speaker, Panel Discussion: Finding Your Confidence in the Courtroom, The Advocates' Society, Women in Litigation Symposium, 2019
  • Presenter, What's Left to Dispute? A Review of Exclusion Clauses, Liability Caps, and Sole Remedy Clauses, Legal Education Society of Alberta Annual Refresher on Business, Lake Louise, AB 2018
  • Speaker Panel, Opportunities and Challenges with International Arbitrations involving Canadians, Resolving International & Domestic Commercial Disputes in Canada, ICDR Canada and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Toronto, ON, 2017
  • Presenter, Innovation in Arbitration, Arbitration Design and Innovation, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP) 2017 Spring Symposium, Vancouver, BC, 2017
  • Presenter, Smart Disagreements: Alternative Dispute Resolution Clauses in Commercial Contracts, CBA Alberta Law Conference, 2016
  • Presenter, Commercial Arbitration: Recent Developments and Best Practices, CBA Alberta Law Conference, 2015
  • Presenter, Confidentiality in Arbitration and Mediation: Does it exist? How can we enforce it?, ADR Institute of Canada, Inc. Conference, 2014

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Calgary Drop-in and Rehab Centre (2017 to date)
  • President (2014-2016), Past President (2017) and Board Member (2008-2017), Easter Seals Alberta

Professional & Firm Involvement

  • Member, Project Advisory Committee, Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI), Uniform International Commercial Arbitration Final Report (2019)
  • Co-Leader, Litigation Business Unit, BD&P (2014 to date)
  • Chair, Lawyers’ Professional Liability Insurance Committee, BD&P (2014 to date)
  • Chair, Directors & Officers Insurance Committee, BD&P (2014 to date)
  • Member, ADRIC Arbitration Rules Committee (2014 to date)
  • Member, ADRIC Roster Committee (2009 to date)
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Law Alberta, QB Amicus Court Assistance Program (2019)

Recent Representative Work

  • 2019 - Manson Insulation Products Ltd. v Crossroads C&I Distributors, 2019 ABQB 684 – Lead counsel successfully representing the plaintiffs, a global manufacturing company, in multi-party litigation involving breach of a distribution agreement and product quality issues; the plaintiffs were awarded both punitive damages and solicitor client costs against the defendants
  • 2018 - Counsel to energy companies in arbitration involving a royalty dispute (UNCITRAL)
  • 2018 - Counsel to a state in international arbitration involving an investor state dispute relating to a telecommunications investment (UNCITRAL)\
  • 2016 - Maxim Power Corp. v ACE INA Insurance, 2016 ABQB 539 – Lead counsel successfully representing plaintiff in dispute with insurer who denied coverage for directors and officers liability; the case was settled prior to trial
  • 2013 - Jordan v Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams Ltd., 2013 ABQB 330 – Lead counsel successfully representing defendant in summary judgment application dismissing plaintiff’s claims of misfeasance in public office and defamation
  • 2013 - Counsel to a power producer in arbitration involving a purchase and sale contract dispute, and competition issues (Ad hoc)
  • 2010 - Counsel to a state in international arbitration involving an investor state dispute relating to a telecommunications investment (ICSID)
  • 2010 - Counsel to a Canadian company in international arbitration involving an investor state dispute under the Canada - Czech Republic BIT (UNCITRAL)
  • 2010 - Hutton v General Motors of Canada Ltd., [2010] A.W.L.D. 4773 – Lead counsel successfully representing the plaintiff in a product liability claim against General Motors
  • 2009 - Counsel to an energy company in international arbitration involving a gas storage dispute under New York law (Ad hoc)
  • 2007 - Counsel to an energy company in international arbitration involving a gas supply agreement dispute (Ad hoc)
  • 2006 - Ambrozic v Burcevski, 2006 ABQB 4 – Counsel successfully representing plaintiff in claim against her former husband for unjust enrichment and fraudulent concealment
  • 2005 - Counsel to Canadian company in international arbitration involving an aviation contract dispute (UNCITRAL)