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John A. Wilmot


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Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Laws, 1980

University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), History, 1976

Bar admission: Alberta 1981 and Nova Scotia 1985
Financial services
Practice areas:
Banking and finance


John's focus is on:

  • Lending transactions and debt restructurings primarily in the energy industry, with an equal emphasis on borrower and lender work
  • Secured and unsecured lending
  • Syndicated lending
  • Domestic and international lending
  • Project financing

Professional involvement

John is a lecturer on the Alberta Bar Admission Course on Secured Transactions, Drafting and Forms of Business Combinations. He is also a member of the Associates' Committee at BD&P.

Professional associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association


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

  • Key Negotiation Issues in M&A Transactions, BD&P Client Seminar, November 2012
  • Doing Business with Pacific Rim Participants, BD&P Client Seminar, May 2012
  • High Yield & Convertible Debt - How Does It Work & What Are the Problems, BD&P Banking Seminar Series - Current Financing Alternative - Issues for the Borrower & Senior Secured Lender, June 2011
  • Developments in the Syndicated Credit Market, BD&P Banking Seminar - Banking Issues in Today's World, March 2010

Representative work

NuVista Energy Ltd.'s acquisition of pipestone business of Cenovus Energy Inc.

Counsel to NuVista in the $625 million acquisition of the Cenovus Pipestone Partnership, which holds assets in the Pipestone area of Northwest Alberta.

Athabasca Oil Corporation's light oil joint venture

Counsel to Athabasca in the $486 million light oil joint venture with Murphy Oil Company Ltd., the Canadian subsidiary to Murphy Oil Corporation, to develop the Duvernay and Montney in the Kaybob area of northwestern Alberta.

Tourmaline Oil Corp.'s Peace River High joint venture

Counsel to Tourmaline Oil Corp. in the $500 million Peace River High sale to and joint venture with Canadian Non-Operated Resources LP.

Baytex Energy Corp.'s $1.5 billion financing

Counsel to Baytex Energy Corp. in its $1.5 billion public offering of 38,433,000 subscription receipts.

Inter Pipeline Fund conversion to Inter Pipeline Ltd.

Counsel to Inter Pipeline Fund in its conversion to Inter Pipeline Ltd., a dividend paying corporation.

Project finance for six power plants in Alberta

Counsel for the facility, led by Royal Bank of Scotland, in the financing for the acquisition of three existing power plants and completion of construction of an additional three power plants in Alberta by ATCO Power Limited Partnership.

Canadian Pacific Railway Company's $1.165 billion credit facility

Counsel to Royal Bank of Canada and a syndicate of lenders in connection with a $1.165 billion revolving credit facility provided to Canadian Pacific Railway Company.

Canadian International Oil Corp. equity commitment and debt financing

Counsel to Canadian International Oil Corp. in respect to its $150 million equity line financing commitment by an affiliate of Riverstone Holdings LLC and US$160 million private placement of senior unsecured notes


Recent honours and recognition 

Calgary banking and finance law lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers in Canada (2012, 2016 and 2021)

Calgary equipment finance lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers in Canada (2014 and 2020)

Named in the Legal 500 Canada as a recommended lawyer in banking and finance (2018-2020)

Calgary project finance lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers in Canada (2019)

Named in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in banking and finance (2016 and 2019) and as a senior statesman (2017-2019)

Named in Canadian Lexpert Legal Directory as a leading lawyer in banking and financial institutions (annually since 2002), project finance (annually since 2004), and asset equipment finance/leasing (2018)

Recommended by Who's Who Legal in the areas of banking law (annually since 2007) and in project finance (2018)

Named in the Lexpert/American lawyer guide to the leading 500 lawyers in Canada (2002-2017 

Named in Expert Guides –as a recommended banking and project finance lawyer (2013-2017)

Chambers Global recommended Banking and Finance lawyer (2004-2015)

Recognized in Lexpert's special edition on Canada's leading infrastructure lawyers (annually since 2013)

Named in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada cross-border corporate lawyers in Canada (annually since 2012)

Recommended in Who's Who Legal: Canada in the area of banking law (annually since 2010) and in the area of project finance (annually since 2011)

Named in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a recommended lawyer in banking and finance law, equipment finance law, and project finance law (annually since 2006)