"The group successfully draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of colleagues firm-wide to offer clients a wide-ranging service across jurisdictions. Regularly called on by some of the major players in the conventional and renewable energy sectors to provide commercial and project finance advice. Also represents clients before regulatory boards in Alberta, BC, Québec and Ontario."

Clients say: "...very thorough and very prepared, with a thorough understanding of the regulatory framework and the technicalities as well,"..."very impressed by the level of preparation and responsiveness...."

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018


Canada is experiencing significant power-generation investment opportunities, deregulation and redesign of long-standing electricity-sector regimes and public trends favouring clean technology and green energy supply sources. As these converge, electricity market participants require experienced counsel who can integrate legal, business and regulatory expertise to help them avoid pitfalls and attain a competitive advantage.

With a leading national Power group, Blakes has experience throughout Canada, familiarity with province-specific requirements and the ability to serve clients wherever they do business. Clients rely on us because of our impressive successes with respect to many of the largest and most high-profile projects in Canada.

The Blakes Power group has advised on diverse issues impacting power and energy-related projects, including thermal, gas-fired and combined heat and power (CHP), nuclear, district energy, and renewable energy (including wind, solar, hydro and biomass) projects. Owners and developers of electricity-generating projects, as well as energy suppliers and consumers, regularly seek our guidance on the impact of evolving markets, facilities operations, and management, development, operation and financing of power projects as well as infrastructure issues, environmental compliance, aboriginal and treaty claims, power supply, transmission and distribution challenges, and a host of other issues.

We have acted as counsel to the Ontario Ministry of Energy in negotiating the Bruce Power nuclear refurbishment and implementation agreement and both the Ontario Power Authority and Infrastructure Ontario on their request for proposals (RFPs) and vendor selection processes, making us a firm of choice for guidance on government relations, regulatory compliance and RFP responses.

Advising power generators, marketers, distributors and transmitters on the structure and functioning of the electricity industry throughout Canada, we regularly negotiate the full range of energy-related transactions and ancillary contracts, including power purchase agreements, operating agreements, connection and interconnection agreements, wholesale and retail transactions, new generation development, and financing arrangements. We also advise investors and financiers funding such energy-related projects.

Serving a diverse national and international client base, our national Power group also has energy-specific market restructuring, regulatory and government relations expertise, and is often called upon to advise on market policy and rate setting.

Working collaboratively with our pre-eminent finance, M&A, corporate, environmental and regulatory lawyers and other specialized practitioners, we provide comprehensive advice on M&A deals, joint ventures, collaborative arrangements, project and equipment finance, procurement, environmental restrictions, permitting and reporting, regulatory approvals, and compliance matters.

We frequently represent clients in hearings, on applications, in rule-making proceedings and on appeals before key regulatory bodies, including the Ontario Energy Board, the National Energy Board, and in court proceedings at all levels. We also regularly advocate for public and private power industry suppliers and customers on government policy and regulatory matters.

Representative Matters

  • Pattern Energy Group Inc. on its approximately US$6.1-billion proposed all-cash acquisition by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Suncor Energy on the sale of its half interest in the Cedar Point II wind project to Fiera Capital.
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in connection with a C$100-million syndicated revolving credit facility provided to Northland Power Inc.
  • BluEarth Renewables on the project financing of the Narrows Inlet hydro project.
  • IAMGOLD Corporation on its development of a 15 MW solar power plant at IAMGOLD's Essakane gold mine.
  • Ontario Power Generation in relation to the mid-life refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear power station in Ontario.
  • Capstone Infrastructure Corporation in respect of the C$83-million credit facilities provided to Cardinal Power of Canada, L.P. to refinance its 156 MW natural gas cogeneration facility.
  • Dalkia, a subsidiary of Veolia, in connection with the development of two large biomass electricity projects in British Columbia, including in connection with the negotiation of a joint development agreement, EPC contracts, O&M contracts and long term fuel supply agreements.
  • Represent SNC-Lavalin Capital Inc. and InPower BC General Partnership, the successful contractor for the design, construction, financing, testing, commissioning, maintenance and life-cycle rehabilitation of BC Hydro’s John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project in Campbell River, British Columbia, which closed in February 2014.
  • ENMAX Corporation as counsel on all commercial matters relating to the development of the C$1.4-billon, 800 MW combined-cycle Shepard Energy Centre, and on ENMAX's commercial joint venture arrangement with Capital Power in that regard. 
  • Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada L.P. on its acquisition of a 100 per cent equity interest in 47 MW of solar generating projects in Ontario from EDF EN Canada Inc.
  • GE Energy Financial Services on the acquisition of an interest in, development and financing of the 196 MW Toba Montrose hydroelectric project and the 144 MW Dokie wind project, both located in British Columbia.
  • Ontario Power Authority in developing the RFPs and contracts for the initial up to 1,000 MW of combined heat and power RFP.
  • Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation on the design, procurement and development of its district energy system for the Toronto waterfront.



Members of the Blakes Power team are recognized as leaders in the following publications:

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – Energy: Power; Energy: Power (Regulatory)
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – Energy: Power; Energy: Power (Regulatory)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – Energy (Electricity)
  • Lexpert Special Edition − Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal: Energy
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada – Energy
  • Who’s Who Legal − Energy
  • Legal 500 Canada − Energy: Power
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – Energy and Natural Resources


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Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3393
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Corporate & Commercial, Mining Projects, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Oil & Gas, Power, LNG, Aboriginal, Energy
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9682
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Shareholder Activism, Climate Change, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro), Transmission & Distribution, Capital Markets, Oil & Gas
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9645
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Energy Regulatory, Climate Change, Corporate Litigation, Pipeline & Midstream, Power, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro)
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5035
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro), Oil & Gas, Africa
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4093
Areas of Expertise: Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Real Estate Financing, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro), Energy, Infrastructure
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9622
Areas of Expertise: Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Oil & Gas, Power, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Energy
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9658
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, LNG, Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, Oilfield Services, Oil & Gas, Power, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro)
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9712
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Power, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Oilfield Services
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3333
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Energy, Brownfields Redevelopment, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Power, Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry, Australia, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, LNG, Aboriginal, Energy Litigation
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4177
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Arbitration, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Aboriginal, International Trade, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Transmission & Distribution, Infrastructure, Constitutional & Charter of Rights
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5047
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Asset-Based Finance, Banking, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro)
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4160
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Project Finance, Financial Services, Banking, Construction, Energy, Debt Capital Markets, Power, Public-Private Partnerships
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Climate Change, Brownfields Redevelopment, Oil & Gas, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro), Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Lobbying, Major Projects, Pipeline & Midstream, Aboriginal, Public & Political Law, Energy, Financial Services Regulatory, Energy Regulatory
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9626 x59626
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Oil & Gas, Power, Aviation & Aerospace, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Infrastructure, Technology & Innovation, LNG, Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4021
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Outsourcing, Corporate & Commercial, Cybersecurity, Financial Services, IP Licensing & Agreements, FinTech, Banking, Insurance, Power, Technology & Innovation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Credit Unions
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4293
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Governance, Investment Funds, Energy, China, Southeast Asia, Corporate & Commercial, Power, Technology & Innovation
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5086
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing/Leasing, Project Finance, Africa, Europe, Real Estate Financing, Banking, Infrastructure, India, Energy, Power, Private Equity, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro), Investment Funds
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4294
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Equipment Financing/Leasing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Investment Products & Asset Management, Power, Banking, Pension Funds, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9754
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Leasing, Development, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro), Real Estate Financing, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9710
Areas of Expertise: Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro), Chemical & Waste Regulation, Aboriginal, Environmental
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9744
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Major Projects, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, Oilfield Services, Power, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Power, Oil & Gas, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro), Private Equity, Oil & Gas
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2219
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Leasing, Real Estate Financing, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Power, Construction, Development, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, REITs, Pension Funds, Europe, United States
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5022
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Project Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Asset-Based Finance, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro), Banking
Partner | Toronto, Ottawa
Toronto: 416-863-3318
Ottawa: 613-788-2231
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Power, Project Finance, Procurement, Public-Private Partnerships, Infrastructure, Construction, Nuclear Energy, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro), Energy
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3868
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Development, Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro), Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Mining Projects, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Aboriginal
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