Terri-Lee Oleniuk
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9635

Terri-Lee’s practice focuses on project-related issues concerning natural-resource development with a specialization in regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal law issues.

She acts for a variety of companies in environmental assessments and regulatory proceedings to obtain approvals for major developments in the oil and gas, pipeline, mining (including metal, potash and diamond), natural-gas processing, petrochemical, electricity transmission, hydro, solar and wind sectors.

She also frequently advises clients on various agreements with First Nations and Métis groups and negotiates impact benefit agreements on behalf of developers.

Terri-Lee has appeared before the National Energy Board, the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Alberta Natural Resources Conservation Board, the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, and federal-provincial joint review panels in respect of environmental assessment proceedings.

She has also appeared before the Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal of Alberta.

Before joining Blakes, Terri-Lee was a partner at another major law firm in Calgary. She has also clerked for the Federal Court of Canada.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative matters include:

  • LNG Canada Development Inc. with regard to providing legal and regulatory advice in connection with its liquified natural gas export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia and in its arrangements with the Coastal GasLink pipeline project

  • EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. with regard to providing legal and regulatory advice for applications to the Alberta Utilities Commission and related interconnection matters before the Alberta Electric System Operator to construct and operate the 300 MW Sharp Hills wind farm located near Sedalia and New Brigden, Alberta as well as an appeal of the development permit before the Subdivision and Appeal Board and permission for leave to appeal the AUC approval to the Alberta Court of Appeal. This project was awarded a 20-year Renewable Energy Support Agreement in Round One of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program

  • Potentia Renewables Inc. with regard to providing legal and regulatory advice for applications and amendment applications to the Alberta Utilities Commission on the 122.4 MW Jenner wind power project and 180.2 MW Jenner wind power expansion project located near Jenner, Alberta. These projects were awarded a 20-year Renewable Energy Support Agreement in Round Three of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program

  • Enel Alberta Wind Inc. with regard to providing legal and regulatory advice for the applications and amendment applications to the Alberta Utilities Commission on the 115 MW Riverview Wind Project and 30.6 MW Castle Rock Ridge Phase 2 Project located near Pincher Creek, Alberta. These projects were awarded a 20-year Renewable Energy Support Agreement in Round One of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program

  • Potentia Renewables Inc. in a partnership with Greengate Power Corporation with regard to providing legal and regulatory advice for applications to the Alberta Utilities Commission on: the 113 MW Stirling wind project located near Stirling, Alberta; the 120 MW Wheatland wind project located near Drumheller, Alberta; and, the 150 MW Paintearth wind project located near Stettler, Alberta. The Stirling project, in partnership with the Paul First Nation, was awarded a 20-year Renewable Energy Support Agreement in Round Two of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program

  • Canadian Solar Industries Association in an Alberta Utilities Commission proceeding regarding the AESO’s provisional rules to implement and operate Alberta’s new Capacity Market

  • Kinder Morgan Canada Limited with regard to providing legal, regulatory and Aboriginal advice on all regulatory and tolling approvals for the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline System, which will transport 890,000 bbl/d of petroleum products from Edmonton, Alberta, to the West Coast of Canada

  • Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. with regard to providing legal and regulatory advice for applications to the Alberta Utilities Commission and related interconnection matters before the Alberta Electric System Operator to construct and operate the 398.5 MW Forty Mile wind power project located near Bow Island, Alberta

  • Regional Power Inc. with regard to providing legal and regulatory advice for applications to the Alberta Utilities Commission and related interconnection matters before the Alberta Electric System Operator to construct and operate the 90 MW Irma wind power project located near Irma, Alberta

  • BluEarth Renewables Inc. with regard to providing legal and regulatory advice on the 115 MW Bull Creek wind project near Provost, Alberta, including a two-week public hearing before the Alberta Utilities Commission — the second hearing in Alberta before the Alberta Utilities Commission for a wind generation project

  • BluEarth Renewables Inc. with regard to providing legal and regulatory advice for an amendment application to the Alberta Utilities Commission on the 78 MW Hand Hills wind project near Delia, Alberta

  • Kanata Energy Group Ltd. with regard to providing legal, regulatory and Aboriginal advice relating to the Daiber gas plant, including before the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission

  • SunEEarth Alberta Solar Development Inc. with regard to obtaining approvals from the Alberta Utilities Commission to construct and operate the Burdett solar project, a 20 MW photovoltaic facility and Yellow Lake solar project, a 19 MW photovoltaic facility, located near Burdett, Alberta

  • Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc. with regard to obtaining an environmental assessment certificate from the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office for the Fortune Creek gas plant project, which will be located in northeast B.C. and have a processing capacity of 600 MMcf/day

  • Nalcor Energy with regard to providing legal, regulatory and Aboriginal advice on its 3,074 MW Lower Churchill hydroelectric project and 1,100 km Labrador-Island transmission link in Newfoundland and Labrador, including 45 days of public hearings before a joint federal-provincial review panel

  • De Beers Canada Inc. with regard to providing legal, regulatory and Aboriginal advice on its Gahcho Kué diamond mine in the Northwest Territories, including public hearings before the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board and the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board

  • Vale with respect to advising on Aboriginal rights on lands impacted by Vale operations

  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited with regard to hundreds of kilometres of expansions and extensions of the NOVA gas transmission natural-gas pipeline system in Alberta and British Columbia, including the Groundbirch and Northwest Mainline expansion projects, each of which involved public hearings before the National Energy Board

  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited and four related TransCanada companies with regard to abandonment cost estimates, collection mechanism and set-aside mechanism applications under the Land Matters Consultation Initiative – Stream 3 before the National Energy Board

  • Williams Energy Canada ULC on a number of legal, regulatory and Aboriginal matters before the Alberta Energy Regulator regarding petrochemical projects

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. with regard to non-routine applications before the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board to obtain 47 well licences in the Suffield Field near Medicine Hat, Alberta

  • Statoil Canada Ltd. with respect to Aboriginal rights and negotiating sustainability agreements on lands impacted by Statoil operations

  • EnCana Corporation with regard to its proposed shallow gas infield development in the Canadian Forces Base Suffield National Wildlife Area near Medicine Hat, Alberta, including a public hearing before a joint federal-provincial review panel

  • EnCana Corporation in a preliminary inquiry regarding charges pursuant to the Canada Wildlife Act in relation to commercial activities in the Suffield National Wildlife Area: R v. EnCana, May 2009 (Judicial District of Medicine Hat)

  • Alberta Electric System Operator concerning a transmission facilities application before the Alberta Utilities Commission

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Terri-Lee was named a Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in 2016.

She is continuously recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications, including in the most recent editions:

  • Benchmark Canada 2019: Future Star

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Recognized in the areas of Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory) and Energy: Provincial Regulatory & Litigation - Alberta)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Recognized in the area of Environmental Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 and 2019 (Recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer in the area of Environment Law)

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Environmental Law, Indigenous Law, Energy (Oil & Gas))

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Aboriginal Law)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Lawyers to Watch)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Leading Lawyers to Watch in the area of Environmental Law)