Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Aboriginal Law Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Top-tier firm that provides assistance to a number of large energy and oil companies in connection with Aboriginal, environmental and regulatory matters; clients also include electricity transmission companies and utilities, provincial governments and their entities. The firm offers notable experience of major project development in multiple jurisdictions, advising on an array of matters relating to the duty to consult, impact and benefit and economic participation agreements. It is also active on the litigation front, representing clients before courts and regulatory boards across the country. Work also includes mandates in the forestry and offshore drilling industries.

Strengths Sources note the firm's "deep experience" as a result of its involvement in "significant projects in Western Canada."

Detailing the firm's Aboriginal law experience, an interviewee stated that the firm was "not only well versed in the law in that area, but they had a lot of contextual background," emphasising the team's "practical experience."

Work highlights Represented Riversdale Resources and its subsidiary Benga Mining in its negotiations with First Nations relating to the proposed construction of the Grassy Mountain Project, a metallurgical coal mine in south-west Alberta.

Notable practitioners


Richard King
is a seasoned practitioner in the Indigenous law space with extensive experience representing clients in electrical and pipeline projects. Clients enthuse that "he is knowledgeable about the dynamic and experience of working with a number of Indigenous communities."


Sander Duncanson
acts on significant energy regulatory mandates, and market commentators describe him as "a really smart guy."

Noted by sources for his experience in environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law,
Shawn Denstedt QC
's work includes acting on major pipeline projects. Clients value that he is "responsive and practical."