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Birch Miller

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Recent representative matters with respect to which Birch has provided key employment and privacy advice include:

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation in its C$11.4-billion joint venture with KKR & Co. Inc. to merge their western Canadian natural gas processing assets

  • 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, the largest private equity investment in the energy sector in 2019 in Canada

  • Kinder Morgan Canada Limited on its C$2.3-billion acquisition by Pembina Pipeline Corporation

  • WestJet Airlines Ltd. on its acquisition by Onex Corporation for approximately C$5-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

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

  • Agrium Inc. on its merger of equals transaction with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., creating Nutrien Ltd.

  • Painted Pony on its acquisition of UGR Blair Creek Ltd and its natural gas assets in the Montney in northeast British Columbia

  • Trinidad Drilling Ltd. with respect to the hostile take-over bid made by Ensign Energy Services Inc.
Awards & Recognition

Birch is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Employment & Labour Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2021-2022 (Labour & Employment)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2021-2022 (Employment & Labour)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Data Protection and Privacy)
Professional Activities

Birch is a member of The Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association. She is the former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Alberta Privacy and Access section and the former Canadian Bar Association Alberta South Section Coordinator.

Birch is an active volunteer in the area of domestic violence, and provides pro bono legal services to organizations dedicated to domestic violence causes. She is a former director of Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society.

Birch is a former director of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) and currently sits as a Canadian Advisory Board Member to the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Ask Us Anything: Employment & Labour
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, June 23, 2022.
  • Speaker: Canadian Cybersecurity Trends Study 2022
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, June 8, 2022.
  • Speaker: Managing the return to work and vaccinations
    Employment Law West Masterclass, Canadian Lawyer, November 4, 2021.
  • Speaker: Deal or No Deal: Destination Knowledge
    Association of Corporate Counsel Webinar, October 28, 2021.
  • Speaker: Dismissal Law Round-up: Contracts Under Siege and Other Recent Developments
    Beyond COVID-19: A Series on Employment Law Issues in the Post-Pandemic Workplace, Blakes Business Class Webinar, Calgary, Alberta, June 8, 2021.
  • Speaker: Cross-Border Cybersecurity
    Blakes Cross-Border Webinar Series, May 18, 2021.
  • Speaker: New to In-House Program on Employment and Labour Law
    Association of Corporate Counsel Alberta Webinar, April 27, 2021.
  • Speaker: Western Canadian Cybersecurity Update: What Every Energy Company Should Know
    Blakes Business Class Webcast, April 21, 2021.
  • Speaker: Technology in the Energy Industry
    Blakes Business Class Webcast, October 6, 2020.
  • Speaker: Tackling Employee Termination Entitlements
    Blakes Business Class Webcast, August 20, 2020.
  • Speaker: Now What? Businesses Returning to Work Are Not in the Clear Yet
    Blakes Business Class Webcast, June 3, 2020.
  • Speaker: Waking Up from COVID-19
    Association of Corporate Counsel Webinar, Calgary, Alberta, May 20, 2020.
  • Speaker: Coping with COVID-19: Business Strategies
    Wello Virtual Healthcare Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, April 14, 2020.
  • Speaker: Employment and Labour in the Time of COVID-19
    Episode 1, Blakes Continuity Podcast, April 6, 2020.
Admitted to the Alberta Bar - 2004
LL.B., University of Saskatchewan - 2003
B.A., University of Victoria - 1999
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