Title: Commercial law

Profile

Chris W. Sanderson, Q.C.

Partner

 

Chris Sanderson

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
Canada
Phone:604.631.9183
Fax:604.669.1620
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Local Time:Wed. 18:17
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Profile

Chris focuses on government relations and regulation in the energy and resource sectors throughout western Canada. He advises utilities, independent power producers, marketers, mine and energy project developers and governments.

Chris appears frequently before regulatory boards in energy and environmental matters in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. He represents clients in judicial proceedings arising in the regulatory context or, more generally, from the relationship between business and government heard by all levels of court in British Columbia and Alberta and in the federal court system including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has particular expertise in connection with all aspects of public utility law.

His recent experience includes a number of regulatory and judicial proceedings involving the extent of the Crown's obligation to consult First Nations. He was counsel to BC Hydro at all levels including the Supreme Court of Canada in Rio Tinto Alcan and BC Hydro v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, 2010 SCC 43.

Recognition and Ranking
* Chambers Global: recognized in the Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada) category
* Lexpert Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: recognized for energy (electricity) law
* Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory:
- most frequently recognized as a Leading Practitioner for: energy (electricity) law
- consistently recognized as a Leading Practitioner for: energy (oil and gas) law
* Lexpert 2012 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: recognized for energy law
* Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for energy regulatory law and natural resources law
* Best Lawyers: Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2010 and 2014
* Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized for energy and natural resources and environmental litigation in British Columbia
* International Who's Who Legal: recognized for oil and gas law
* Who's Who Legal Canada 2010: recognized for oil and gas law
* Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated
* 2011 Premier's Collaboration Award (NWT) for work on the Mackenzie Gas Project
* 2011 Lexpert Zenith Award: recognized for Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility for his contributions to Family Services of Greater Vancouver
* 2010 Lexpert Zenith Award: recognized for Pro Bono contributions in the Civil Liberties category for his work with the BC Civil Liberties Association

 

Languages: English

 

Areas of Practice

 

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Electric Utilities
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Public Utility and Regulatory
  • Utilities

 

Professional Career

 

Significant Accomplishments

Recent transactions include representing:

* The owner of a natural gas storage facility in connection with provincial and regulatory policy related to natural gas storage in B.C.
* An oil refinery in connection with various applications before the National Energy Board and the British Columbia Utilities Commission relating to crude oil and refined product shipment;
* A territorial government in connection with an application to construct the Mackenzie Gas Project and in constitutional litigation arising therefrom
* A territorial government in connection with an application to transfer regulatory jurisdiction over TransCanada Pipeline Alberta System from Alberta Utilities Commission to National Energy Board jurisdiction
* A Canadian energy marketer in connection with regulatory and civil class action proceedings arising out of the California Energy Crisis in 2000 and 2001
* A large electric utility seeking to upgrade its high voltage transmission system to serve significant new demand from the natural gas industry
* A large electric utility before the British Columbia Utilities Commission the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada in connection with a contract for the purchase of $950 million worth of energy from an independent generator
* A large electric utility in connection with all regulatory and First Nation consultation aspects of acquiring an interest in a major hydro and electric generating facility
* A Canadian energy marketer in connection with all regulatory aspects of short and long term export sales
* The Canadian Entity under an international treaty in connection with a series of negotiations and transactions relating to energy entitlements created under the Columbia River Treaty
* An applicant for a licence from the National Energy Board to export LNG from the west coast of British Columbia


Professional Associations

Professional Activities
* Provided pro bono services in connection with public interest litigation (e.g., to the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association in Chamberlain v. Surrey School District No. 36 and in BC Teachers Federation v. Translink and BC Transit) including the Supreme Court of Canada in both cases.
* "Regulatory Boards and Administrative Law Litigation" Federated Press, Member of Editorial Board

Community Activities
* Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Chair
* Kenneth Gordon School Foundation, Former Chair
* Society for the Education of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities, Former Chair

Publications

"The Columbia River Treaty after 2024", The Columbia River Treaty Revisited, Transboundary River Governance in the Face of Uncertainty, (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press) (2012), Author

"The Crown's Duty to Consult Aboriginal Peoples: Towards an understanding of the source, purpose and limits of the duty",
Alberta Law Review, Volume 49, No 4 (May 2012), Co-Author with Keith B. Bergner and Michelle S. Jones

"Energy (Electricity) Recent Developments of Importance", The 2011 Lexpert/ American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (January 4, 2011)

"Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Utility of Administrative Law in Aboriginal Consultation Cases", Regulatory Boards and Administrative Law Litigation Journal (2010 / 2011), Co-author with Michelle S. Jones

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies (some of) the Limits of the Duty to Consult (Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. and British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, 2010 SCC 43) (October 29, 2010)

"Administrative Law Reform in British Columbia: Balancing Harmonization Versus Autonomy and Tackling the Standard of Review" (2003) VI Regulatory Boards and Administrative Law Litigation Journal 1, Co-author with Jude Samson

"2002 in Review: Recent Canadian Regulatory Developments Affecting Natural Gas Pipelines" (Paper presented at the 7th Annual North American Pipelines Conference, Calgary, Alberta, 19 March 2002) [unpublished]

"Collateral Attack of Administrative Orders Outside of the Penal Context" Regulatory Boards and Administrative Law Litigation, Vol. V, No. 2 (2002) Co-author with Marko Vesely

"Reciprocity as a Condition Precedent to Canada-U.S. Trade in Electricity", The Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring 1995)

“Energy and the Environment: A Study of Alternative Fact Finding Processes. Case Study I: Electricity Export, the Burrard Thermal Generating Plant, and Air Quality in the Lower Fraser Basin", Institutes for Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Research Institute, U.B.C. (1994) Co-author with Paul G. Bradley



Seminars

"Opening the Door to Future Markets", 4th Annual Northeast B.C. Natural Gas Summit, Insight Information, Calgary, AB (September 20-21, 2012), Moderator

"Realizing British Columbia’s Natural Gas Future", BC Chamber Energy Summit (November 18, 2011), Speaker

"First Nation Consultation", 3rd Annual Northeast BC Natural Gas Summit, Insight Information, Calgary, AB (September 20-21, 2011), Co-chair and Speaker


Bar Admission

British Columbia (1978)
Alberta (1988)
Queen's Counsel, British Columbia (2001)
Northwest Territories (2001)

 

Education


University of British Columbia (B.A., 1972; LL.B., 1977).