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John A. Brussa

Partner and Chair

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University of Windsor, Bachelor of Laws, 1981

University of Windsor, Bachelor of Arts, History and Economics, 1978

Bar admission: 1982
Practice areas:
Tax litigation, Tax


John's focus is on:

  • Resource taxation
  • Corporate reorganizations, both public and private
  • Cross-border and international transactions
  • Tax-deferred financing
  • Taxation of non-residents
  • Structured finance

Community involvement

John is a Fellow, Jarislowsky Fellowship in Business Management, Haskayne School of Business and also a member, Calgarians Committed to Change Cabinet, RESOLVE Campaign, Calgary Homeless Foundation.

Professional involvement

Board memberships

John serves as the Chair of BD&P.

He is also a board member of Cardinal Energy Ltd., Crew Energy Inc. (Chairman), Crown Capital Partners Inc., Leucrotta Exploration Inc. and Titanium Corporation Inc.

Professional associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Former Governor, Member of Executive Committee, Canadian Tax Foundation

Representative work

$5.2 billion acquisition of Progress Energy Resources Corp.

Counsel to Progress Energy Resources Corp. in the $5.2 billion acquisition by PETRONAS, the Malaysian national oil company.

Progress Energy Resources Corp.'s sale and joint venture with PETRONAS

Counsel to Progress in the $1.1 billion sale of 50% working interest in Montney shale assets in Foothills of north eastern British Columbia to PETRONAS, the Malaysian national oil company, and the formation of an upstream joint venture to develop the gas assets as well as a downstream LNG Export Project Joint Venture pursuant to which they plan to build and operate a major LNG export facility.


Recent honours and recognition

Leading lawyer in Corporate Tax and Oil & Gas (2023, 2024) by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Leading lawyer in the Legal 500 Canada (2018-2022)

Named in the Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, in the area of corporate tax (2002-2016, 2018-2019) 

Recognized by Chambers Global Canada as a leading tax lawyer (2002-2016)

Named in Lexpert's Special Edition's on Canada's leading corporate lawyers and energy lawyers (annually since 2013)

Named in Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of tax law (annually since 2006)

Leading corporate tax lawyer in Who's Who Legal Canada (annually since 2010)