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Richard B. Smith, K.C.


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King's Counsel 2013

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Laws, 1981

Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate, 1977

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Education, 1975

Bar admission: Alberta 1982
Practice areas:
Anti-corruption and bribery, Employment and labour, Litigation and dispute resolution


Richard's focus is on:

  • Employment contracts, management agreements, consulting arrangements and policy and procedure documents
  • Employment benefits
  • Dispute resolution on employment matters
  • Disabilities and human rights before the courts and associated boards, including harassment, discrimination and drug and alcohol testing issues
  • Strategic counsel to employers on safe and effective practices for hiring, disciplining and terminating employees
  • Professional education and cross-border advice on employment law issues and litigation avoidance

Professional involvement

Professional associations

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


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

  • Panel Member, Doing Business with Pacific Rim Participants, BD&P Client Seminar, May 2012

Representative work

International Petroleum Corporation acquisition of oil and natural gas assets from Cenovus Energy Inc.

Counsel to International Petroleum Corporation in the acquisition of oil and natural gas assets in Suffield and Alderson areas of southern Alberta from Cenovus Energy Inc. for proceeds of $512 million plus an additional deferred contingent amount of $36 million


Recent honours and recognition

BD&P Employment & Labour Group named 2023 Reader's Choice in the Employment & Labour Law – Full Service Firm category by Canadian HR Reporter.

Leading employment and labour lawyer by Chambers Canada (2016-2020)

Named in Chamber's Global as a leading lawyer in employment and labour law (annually since 2012)

Recommended lawyer in the area of labour and employment law by Best Lawyers in Canada (annually since 2006)

Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in employment law (employer and employee) (2004-2007, annually since 2014)