Chris Harris
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9744

Chris's practice involves advising clients on a variety of transactional and commercial matters. His practice includes both domestic and international matters, including share and asset purchase and sale agreements, project development and complex commercial arrangements. Chris has significant experience with all facets of the energy industry, including acquisitions and divestitures, upstream, midstream and power joint ventures, pipeline and midstream facility development and other arrangements such as power and commodity off-take agreements.

Outside of the energy industry, Chris has a wide variety of experience advising clients in areas such as agri-products, industrial services and technology, including the acquisition of technology-based businesses.


Recent representative matters include advising:

  • TC Energy Corporation on the sale of an 85% equity interest in Northern Courier Pipeline to AIMCo and, in conjunction with the sale, the financing of long-term, non-recourse debt, with approximate aggregate gross proceeds to TC Energy of C$1.15-billion

  • Kinder Morgan Canada on its C$4.5-billion sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and expansion project to the Government of Canada

  • Shell Canada Energy on the purchase by Petronas-owned North Montney LNG Limited Partnership of a 25 per cent stake in the LNG Canada project JV from Shell, PetroChina Kitimat LNG Partnership and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd.

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$9.3-billion acquisition of Veresen Inc.

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its investment in Enerkem Inc., a Canadian biofuel technology company

  • A client on all aspects of a bid submission under Alberta Infrastructure’s solar photovoltaic electricity procurement program, including bid document review and joint venture documentation

  • Rice Investment Group on its investment in Cold Bore Technology Inc., a global leader in fracturing optimization software

  • Rally Chain Technologies Inc. on the sale of its blockchain business to Finhaven Technology Inc.

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on the sale of its Palliser crude oil and natural gas assets in southeastern Alberta to Torxen Energy and Schlumberger for C$1.3-billion

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on the sale of its Suffield crude oil and natural gas assets in southern Alberta to International Petroleum Corporation for C$512-million

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its long-term infrastructure development and services arrangement with Chevron Canada Limited in respect of Chevron's Duvernay resource play in the Fox Creek region

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on the sale of its Petro-Canada lubricants division to HollyFrontier Corporation for C$1.13-billion

  • Husky Energy on its C$1.7-billion sale of 65 per cent of certain midstream assets to Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited and Power Assets Holding Limited

  • PetroLama Energy Canada Inc. in connection with its crude oil storage joint venture with Keyera Energy Inc. in Cushing, Oklahoma

  • A lender on commercial matters and diligence in connection with the financing of the acquisition of hydroelectric assets in British Columbia

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$556-million acquisition of natural-gas processing assets from, and related gas-processing arrangement with, Paramount Resources

  • An international commodities marketer in connection with large-volume, long-term grain supply, put-through and elevation services and off-take arrangements in connection with the development of a U.S.-based grain export terminal

  • Trican Well Service Ltd. in its disposition of its US pressure pumping business to Keane Group for cash and share consideration of approximately US$400-million

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary Heritage Royalty Limited Partnership to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan for C$3.3-billion

  • Jupiter Resources Inc. in connection with its C$2-billion acquisition of the Bighorn upstream assets from Encana Corporation

  • A private company in connection with the acquisition of a wind-power project in Alberta

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation in its US$650-million acquisition of the cross-border Vantage Pipeline and Mistral Midstream extraction plant from Riverstone Holdings and Mistral Midstream

  • YPF SA in connection with its US$550-million joint venture with Petroliam Nasional Bhd. (Petronas) for the development of a 72-square-mile shale oil concession in the Vaca Muerta region of Argentina

  • Agrium Inc. in connection with its C$1.8-billion supported funding of Glencore International plc's C$6.1-billion acquisition of Viterra Inc., and the subsequent acquisition by Agrium of Viterra's wholesale and retail Agri-products division

  • Encana Corporation and PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. in connection with the transfer of fee simple oil and gas and related assets by Encana to PrairieSky and subsequent C$1.67-billion initial public offering of PrairieSky by Encana

  • TransCanada Corporation on the establishment of its partnership with Phoenix Energy Holdings Limited for the construction and operation of the C$3-billion Grand Rapids Pipeline System

  • Agrium Inc. on its C$915-million disposition of Viterra's interest in Canadian Fertilizer Limited's nitrogen production facilities to CF Industries

  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in connection with its C$315-million co-acquisition with OMERS Energy Inc. of certain oil and gas properties from Pengrowth Energy Corporation

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$3.8-billion acquisition of Provident Energy Ltd.


Chris is recognized in the following publications:

  • ILFR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 2020 (Notable Practitioner: M&A and Project Finance in Energy and Oil & Gas)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Energy Law, 2020; Energy and Oil & Gas Law, 2019)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Energy – Oil & Gas)

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