Cal Johnson 1401

Cal D. Johnson, K.C.


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King's Counsel 2005

University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1975

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Commerce, Finance (with Distinction), 1972

Bar admission: Alberta 1976
Practice areas:
Regulatory, environmental and Indigenous-Related Legal Issues


Since 2013, Cal's practice has principally consisted of his efforts as (i) a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta (which will term out in February 2024), (ii)  acting as a Director of the Alberta Law Reform Institute, (iii) acting generally as counsel for the Firm in relation to firm contracting with third parties, advising and addressing conflict of interest  issues and developing policy positions on a variety of internal and external issues,  (iii) mentoring and training students and lawyers in relation to ethics, professionalism and equity, diversity and inclusion issues,  and (iii) internal and external organization and conduct of educational and seminar presentations.

Community involvement

Cal's community involvement is vast and varied:

  • Chair of the Board, Vertigo Theatre, 2006-2010; Past-Chair, 2011-2012; Chair, Artistic Director Search, 2011
  • Member of the Board, The Backdoor (now The Doorway), 2004-2009
  • Member of the Board, Springbank Community Planning Association, 2001-2009, Vice Chair, 2005-2009
  • Board of Directors, United Way, 1987-1994
  • Chair, United Way Campaign Cabinet, Professional Division, 1986
  • Chair, Legal Liaison Committee, Calgary Home Builders' Association, 1983-1985
  • Assistant Chair, United Way Campaign Cabinet, Professional Division, 1983-1985

Professional involvement

Cal's professional activities include:

  • Bencher, Law Society of Alberta, member of Executive Committee,  Chair of the Governance Committee and Finance and Audit Committee, Vice Chair of (i) Policy Committee, (ii) Policy and Regulatory Reform Committee, (iii) Legislation Task Force, Innovation and Regulation Task Force and Strategic Plan Task Force,(iv)  Audit and Finance Committee, and (v)  Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
  • Law Society Appointee – Provincial Court Nominating Committee
  • Chair, Real Estate Section (South) of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, 1984-1986,
  • Treasurer, Real Estate Section (South) of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, 1983-1985
  • Chair, 1986 Mid-Winter Meeting of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association on The Alberta Business Corporations Act Revisited
  • Chair, South Alberta, for Joint Legislative Review Committee of Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association, 1988-present

Professional associations

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


Cal has also presented at various conferences, panels, seminars, and other events, including:

  • Moderator, Using Transaction Insurance to Solve Risk Allocation in the Current M&A Transaction Environment, BD&P Client Seminar co-hosted with Gallagher Energy Risk Services and Ironshore Canada, June 2015
  • Moderator, Mitigating Directors' Exposure for Personal Environmental Liability, BD&P Client Seminar, Feb.11, 2014
  • Moderator, Key Negotiation Issues in M&A Transactions, BD&P Client Seminar, November 1, 2012
  • Moderator, Doing Business with Pacific Rim Participants, BD&P Client Seminar, May 31, 2012
  • Panel Member, Developments in the Syndicated Credit Market, BD&P Banking Seminar - Banking Issues in Today's World, March 22, 2010


Recent honours and recognition

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada in natural resources law (2008-2019), in project finance law (2012-2019) and in banking and finance law (2013-2019)

Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in banking and project finance (2002-2013) and in energy: oil & gas (2005-2013)

Leading banking and finance lawyer by Chambers Global (2006-2013)

Named in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2004-2005, 2009-2010)