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Lars Olthafer

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Some highlights of Lars's representative work include the following:

  • Advised and represented proponents on the regulatory, environmental and export approval requirements for large-scale LNG export projects in British Columbia

  • Advised Encana Corporation in obtaining a British Columbia environmental assessment certificate and various other regulatory approvals for its Horn River Basin Cabin gas plant

  • Advised the Alaska Gas Pipeline Producers team on regulatory approval requirements for the Canadian portion of the Alaska natural gas pipeline project through the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Alberta

  • Advise and represent a major shipper in connection with the Enbridge Mainline Contracting application to the Canada Energy Regulator

  • Advise and represent AltaLink Management Inc. in connection with its land acquisition and compensation programs for its various Southern Alberta Transmission Reinforcement projects

  • Represented Compton Petroleum Corporation in obtaining conditional Alberta Energy and Utilities Board approval for critical sour gas well program southwest of Calgary, Alberta

  • Represented Enbridge Pipelines Inc. in the successful appeal of the Alberta Surface Rights Board award of annual pipeline compensation in connection with the Waupisoo pipeline project

  • Advised and represented Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. on regulatory and surface rights matters in connection with its 230kv international merchant power line project, including before Alberta Court of Queen's Bench on judicial review

  • Advise lenders, market participants and prospective wind power generators on regulatory requirements for new power generation developments and rules governing the creation of Alberta's integrated electric system and electricity marketplace

  • Represented Nexxtep Resources Inc. in the successful contested application to the Energy Resources Conservation Board for redesignation of the Lower Mannville C Pool to Rock Creek in the Wilson Creek Field

  • Advised and represented Alliance Pipeline Ltd. in obtaining National Energy Board approvals for Canadian portion of the Alliance Pipeline

Awards & Recognition

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 (Energy: Oil & Gas)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2021 (Energy: Oil & Gas - Leading Lawyer)

  • Chambers Canada: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2020-2021 (Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory) and Provincial Regulatory)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2019-2021 (Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory) - Canada) 

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2020 (Energy)

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2017-2020 (Energy: Oil and Gas)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2015-2021 (Administrative and Public Law, Energy Regulatory Law and Environmental Law)

  • Chambers Canada: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2017-2019 (Energy & Natural Resources, Oil & Gas (Regulatory))

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Energy & Natural Resources)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2014-2016 (Energy: Oil and Gas (Regulatory) and Natural Resources)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2014-2016 (Energy: Oil and Gas)


Admitted to the Alberta Bar - 1996
LL.B., University of Calgary - 1995
B.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering), University of Waterloo - 1989

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