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Practice Areas

Shawn is the Vice Chair of Western Canada. His practice is comprised of energy, mining, environmental, regulatory and aboriginal law matters. Shawn advises companies in a variety of industries, primarily the Natural Resource industry. He has been engaged in a number of international assignments. Shawn has advised Canada’s largest energy industry associations in respect of regulatory reform for energy project development. Shawn has appeared in major regulatory proceedings before the: Alberta Energy Regulator (Energy Resources Conservation Board); Alberta Utilities Commission; National Energy Board; Federal Environmental Assessment Joint Review Panels; Ontario Energy Board; Alberta Environmental Appeal Board and various other appeal boards. He has successfully represented clients in the development of multi-billion dollar projects including pipeline projects, oil sands projects, shale gas projects, LNG projects, hydro-electric projects, offshore developments, and mining projects. He has also advised clients on their obligations to aboriginal groups and negotiated resource development and IBA’s with Aboriginal groups on behalf of resource developers.

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Alberta

Law Society of Ontario

Canadian Bar Association


Shawn has published numerous articles and lectures extensively on environmental assessment and regulatory proceedings, aboriginal rights, public consultation and risk communication.


University of Western Ontario,LL.B.

Wilfrid Laurier University,B.A.