Evan Dixon 170

Evan W. Dixon

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403.260.0162
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Education:
University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Laws, 2004

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1999

Bar admission: Alberta 2005 and Northwest Territories 2011
Industries:
Oil and gas, Power, Renewables and energy transition
Practice areas:
Energy litigation, Energy, Environmental, social, and governance (ESG), Infrastructure and project development, Regulatory, environmental and Indigenous

Experience

Evan's focus is on:

Energy regulatory

  • Practice focused on administrative, regulatory and environmental law matters related to the energy sector
  • Representation of project proponents and intervenors in all manner of regulatory proceedings related to mining, electrical and oil & gas facilities applications, electricity market and pipeline matters
  • Aboriginal and Environmental matters, including environmental assessments and approvals as well as stakeholder consultation issues
  • Regulatory appeals

Aboriginal law

  • Negotiations with First Nations groups in relation to securing project approvals
  • Negotiation and preparation of various commercial agreements involving First Nations and industry proponents

Court and tribunal appearances

  • Appearances before the Alberta Court of Appeal, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Provincial Court of Alberta as well as appearances before the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and its predecessor the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) and the National Energy Board (NEB).

Community involvement

Evan volunteers with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Professional experience

In-house counsel to one of Canada’s largest pipeline utility companies where Evan assisted in the development and implementation of legal and regulatory strategy for pipeline and energy projects

Counsel to a quasi-judicial board responsible for the economic regulation of public utilities

Counsel to a large independent power producer and marketer in respect of electricity market matters before the AUC

Co-counsel to a large Canadian municipality in proceedings before the ERCB pursuant to the Pipeline Act to have a segment of pipeline relocated to allow the construction of municipal road infrastructure

Co-counsel to the Province of Alberta in respect of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

Negotiations with a First Nation Group and the Government of Canada in relation to the ongoing operation of NEB regulated pipeline infrastructure located on a Reserve

Representation of various stakeholders and stakeholder groups in AUC proceedings pertaining to the development of electrical transmission facilities

Counsel to a market participant in proceedings before the Alberta Utilities Commission to develop the competitive procurement process for the opportunity to build, finance, own and operate a 500kV Transmission line from the Edmonton Region to Fort McMurray area

Professional involvement

Professional associations

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

Presentations

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

  • Understanding the New Canadian Energy Regulator and Impact Assessment Agency, Petroleum Accountants Society of Canada, Insights 2020, March 2020
  • Recent Regulatory and Legislative Developments of Interest to Energy Lawyers, The Canadian Energy Law Foundation Annual Jasper Conference, 2012 and 2015
  • Impact of Recent & Proposed Regulatory Changes, BD&P Client Seminar, April 2015
  • Risky Business: Protecting Against Counterparty Default and Insolvency Risk, BD&P Client Seminar, March 2015
  • Mitigating Directors' Exposure for Personal Environmental Liability, BD&P Client Seminar, February 2014

Representative work

ARC Resources Ltd.'s $8.1 billion combination

Counsel to ARC Resources Ltd. in its $8.1 billion strategic Montney combination with Seven Generations Energy, resulting in ARC becoming Canada's largest condensate producer, third-largest natural gas producer and sixth-largest upstream energy company.

Government of Alberta's TMX reconsideration before the National Energy Board

Co-counsel to the Government of Alberta in respect of the expedited Trans Mountain Expansion Project reconsideration hearing where the National Energy Board recommended that the Project proceed.

Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission crude by rail project

Counsel to the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission in connection with the Alberta Government's publicly announced 120,000 bbls/d, $3.7 billion crude by rail (CBR) initiative for the transportation of Alberta crude oil by rail car to markets in the U.S. and Canada.

MEG Energy Corp.'s $1.5 billion asset disposition

Counsel to MEG in the $1.5 billion disposition of a 50% interest in Access Pipeline and 100% interest in Stonefell Terminal to Wolf Midstream Inc.

Encana Corporation's $2 billion disposition of assets

Counsel to Encana Corporation (now Ovintiv Inc.) in the $2 billion disposition of its Bighorn assets in Alberta to Jupiter Resources Inc.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited's $3.1 billion acquisition

Counsel to Canadian Natural Resources Limited in its $3.125 billion acquisition of Devon Energy Corp.'s Canadian conventional assets, excluding Horn River and the heavy oil properties.

US Development Group LLC's joint venture with Gibson Energy

Counsel to US Development Group LLC in its 50/50 joint venture with Gibson Energy to advance the financing, development and construction of a Diluent Recovery Unit in Hardisty, Alberta.

Environmental and restoration matters arising from the construction of a transmission power line

Counsel to an Alberta-based power producer in connection with environmental remediation and restoration obligations arising out of the construction of a transmission power line in a National Park in conjunction with a pipeline project.

Appearances before the Alberta Utilities Commission

Representation of various stakeholders and stakeholder groups in AUC proceedings pertaining to the development of electrical transmission facilities.

Government of Alberta respecting constitutional challenges to Alberta legislation

Counsel to the Government of Alberta before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and Federal Court of Canada in respect of injunction applications sought by the Province of British Columbia challenging the constitutionality of the Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Ac tGovernment of Alberta in respect of the TMX Reconsideration Proceeding.

Transmountain expansion project reconsideration proceeding before the NEB

Counsel to the Government of Alberta in respect of the expedited Trans Mountain Expansion Project reconsideration hearing.

Awards

Recent honours and recognition

Recommended lawyer in energy and natural resources: oil & gas by The Legal 500 Canada (2019)