Ian Clarke
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9658

Ian's practice focuses primarily on the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, including the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector and the power industry, with a particular focus on renewable energy. He has experience assisting clients on a broad range of matters and transactions, including project development, asset acquisitions and dispositions, corporate mergers and acquisitions, long-term commercial transactions, internal reorganizations and general corporate and commercial matters. Ian's related experience includes drafting and analyzing corporate and transactional agreements, providing advice on deal strategy, drafting opinions on various legal issues, preparing corporate charter documents and conducting due diligence, and preparing reporting documents.

In 2017, Ian was seconded to the Calgary office of an oil and gas supermajor, advising on project development and joint venture matters as well as general commercial transactions.

Prior to joining Blakes, Ian obtained industry experience working in the legal departments of a large Canadian pipeline company, Alberta's utilities regulator and a large Canadian banking institution.

Ian is also fluently bilingual in English and French.


Recent representative matters include advising:

Oil and Gas

  • 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 percent stake in the LNG Canada project JV from Shell, PetroChina Kitimat LNG Partnership and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd.

  • Strath Resources Ltd. on the acquisition of Montney assets from Paramount Resources Ltd. for total consideration of C$340-million, paid 50% in cash and 50% in common shares of Strath

  • Kinder Morgan Canada on its joint venture with Keyera Corp. to build the Base Line Terminal, a crude oil storage terminal located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, together with associated arrangements including numerous long-term storage agreements, land use and access agreements, and various interconnection agreements

  • Imperial Oil on its divesture of 497 Esso-brand retail gas stations to five fuel distributors for C$2.8-billion

  • 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

  • PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. on its acquisition of Range Royalty Limited Partnership for approximately C$699-million

  • LNG Canada Development Inc. in connection with its arrangements with TransCanada Corporation to design, build, own and operate the proposed coastal GasLink pipeline project

  • 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


  • 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

  • Several power developers on the development of their wind power projects in connection with Alberta's Renewable Electricity Program 1, 2 and 3

  • BluEarth Renewables Inc. on long-term, structured electricity off-take arrangements with a consortium of Alberta school districts in support of the financing and development of its Bull Creek wind-power generation facility in Provost, Alberta, together with associated arrangements including agency and designated self-retailer services

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on the exchange of its interest in two wind power facilities for TransAlta's Poplar Creek cogeneration, transmission and distribution facilities and assumption of operating control and eventual ownership of two gas turbine generators and two heat recovery steam generators at Poplar Creek

  • Canadian counsel to Heartland Generation Ltd., an affiliate of Energy Capital Partners, on its C$835-million acquisition of Canadian Utilities Ltd.’s natural gas and coal electricity generation interests in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario