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Jan 18

The Supreme Court, Federal Overreach, and the Green Agenda

Webcast with Brad Gilmour & Grant Sprague

C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please contact Mitch Tentsos, Senior Event Planner to register: mtentsos@cdhowe.org

Brad Gilmour, Head of Facilities, Projects & Approvals Practice; Co-Head of Environmental Practice, Bennett Jones 

Brad Gilmour is head of the Bennett Jones’ facilities, projects & approvals practice and co-head of the environmental department. His practice focuses primarily on environmental, energy, regulatory and aboriginal law.

He has significant experience in facility approval applications associated with a broad range of energy, natural resource, chemical, petrochemical, hydro, oil sands, carbon capture and storage, bio-fuel, renewable power and other industry types. Brad appears before the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, the Alberta Energy Regulator (formerly, the Energy Resources Conservation Board), the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Natural Resources Conservation Board and the Canada Energy Regulator (formerly, the National Energy Board). Brad also regularly advises clients concerning regulatory compliance issues, spills, contaminated sites and environmental prosecutions. Brad has also appeared before various courts including the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the Alberta Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Before entering the practice of law, he worked in Calgary as an environmental consultant conducting environmental liability assessments and site remediation programs.

Brad writes and speaks on topics concerning environmental and regulatory law. As well, he has taught courses on environmental law and occupational health and safety law for the University of Calgary, Athabasca University, and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Brad is the past chair of the Canadian Prairie and Northern section of the Air and Waste Management Association and a past chair of the southern environmental section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Grant Sprague, Former Deputy Minister Government of Alberta and senior fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute

Grant has a wealth of executive experience in policy development, regulatory systems and governance in the natural resource sphere. 

As Deputy Minister for Energy in Alberta, Grant has been charged with developing and implementing complex and challenging policies, as well as providing strategic advice to the highest levels of government over many years.  Grant served as Deputy Minister for Energy from July 2013 to May 2016 and again from April 2019 to June 2023. 

Grant also served as Chair of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Board which is responsible for marketing Alberta’s royalty share of oil. Further, Grant has served as a Director of the Alberta Energy Regulator and as Alberta’s Director on the board of Atlantik Bruecke Canada, a non-profit organisation promoting ties between Canada and Germany.

Grant has experience working with two significant law firms, addressing a broad range of legal issues, during his career. 

Additionally, Grant has been a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta School of Business over many years, teaching an undergraduate class environmental law and several graduate level courses for the MBA program. 

Grant has been acknowledged with the designation of King’s Counsel and the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal.  Grant has obtained the ICD. D designation of the Institute of Corporate Directors. 


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