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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:

  • 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 Legal 500 Canada 2021 (Labour & Employment)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (Employment & Labour)

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 (Employment)

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).

Publications
Professional Appearances
  • 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
    The Blakes Continuity Podcast, Episode 1, April 6, 2020.
  • Speaker: Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, June 26, 2019.
  • Speaker: Recent Developments in Labour and Employment Law
    Blakes Labour & Employment Client Seminar Toronto, Ontario, June 20, 2019.
  • Speaker: The Law, Cannabis Use, & You
    University of Alberta Privacy and Access Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June 12-14, 2019.
  • Speaker: Prevent, Preserve and Protect: Mock Breach in the Risky Business of Cybersecurity
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, November 23, 2018.
  • Speaker: Board Oversight of Harassment: The Internal Investigation Process
    Institute of Corporate Directors Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, October 18, 2018.
  • Speaker: Employment Contracts Re-Cast
    Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers 15th Annual Conference, Charlottetown, PEI, September 2018.
Education
Admitted to the Alberta Bar - 2004
LL.B., University of Saskatchewan - 2003
B.A., University of Victoria - 1999
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