Sharon Wong
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4178

Sharon practises energy regulatory law and commercial litigation. She advises electricity industry clients on a wide range of regulatory and commercial issues, including compliance with the requirements of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 and the Electricity Act, and advising with respect to power supply agreements (including Feed-in Tariff Contracts) with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and disputes with respect to the IESO Market Rules. She represents clients at Ontario Energy Board (OEB) hearings, relating to both electricity transmission and natural gas matters.

Sharon also advises clients on litigation issues relating to the power industry, including commercial disputes, product liability, breach of contract claims, construction claims, and negligence matters.

Sharon has appeared as trial and appellate counsel before all levels of courts in Ontario and before various federal courts and tribunals. In addition to representing her clients' interests in court, she also works closely with her clients to develop practical and cost-effective solutions to their problems, including through mediation and arbitration.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

  • Provided regulatory advice in respect of a competitive bid to acquire multiple hydroelectric generating facilities in Ontario, and providing ongoing regulatory, litigation and First Nation/aboriginal advice to the hydroelectric generator
  • Advised a large Canadian retailer in respect of a joint venture with a power producer in connection with the installation and operation of back-up generators at various retail locations in Ontario and the resulting impact on their participation in Ontario's IESO-controlled power markets
  • Represented Boralex before the Environmental Review Tribunal in respect to the appeal of Boralex Renewable Energy Approval of its Port Ryerse wind project
  • Provided regulatory advice to EPCOR Utilities Inc. and Capital Power Corporation in respect to Capital Power's C$500-million initial public offering of its common shares
  • Represented a major Canadian renewable energy developer with respect to land requirements and easement agreements for construction of a proposed two-circuit, 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line running approximately 90 km

  • Represented major Canadian electricity traders in various disputes with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) over settlement credits
  • Represented Canadian Hydro Developers in their successful application to the OEB for leave to construct a 230 kV electricity transmission line and associated facilities from Wolfe Island under the waters of Lake Ontario to the city of Kingston

  • Represented Yellow Falls Power Limited Partnership in their successful application to the OEB for leave to construct a 25 km transmission line in northern Ontario, including advising on First Nation/aboriginal issues relating to the project

  • Providing advice to renewable energy generators with respect to Ontario Feed-in Tariff contracts
  • Represented Union Gas (a Spectra Energy company) and Dawn Gateway Pipeline Limited Partnership at the OEB in regulatory proceedings related to the development of the Dawn Gateway Pipeline, in which the OEB granted a new form of complaints-based, light-handed regulation, never before used in Ontario
  • Representing Union Gas in the Natural Gas Electricity Interface Review proceeding in which the OEB decided to refrain from regulating a large portion of Union's natural gas storage business
  • Acting for Union in subsequent OEB proceedings relating to the allocation of natural gas storage capacity in Ontario
  • Acting for Union Gas in respect of a dispute relating to a municipal franchise agreement to operate gas pipelines in the city of Kingston, initially before the OEB, then on appeal to the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Represented a distributor of barbeque grills in respect of a safety recall, liaising with Health Canada and advising on liability issues, and representing them in arbitration proceedings against the overseas fabricator of the grills
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Sharon is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publication:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Energy Regulatory Law)
PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Power, September 27, 2016
Blakes Bulletin on Energy, Infrastructure and Power, April 25, 2016.
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