British Columbia has an abundance of natural resources that are encased in an incredibly rich and stunning environment. Development of these resources must take place in a manner that respects and protects this environment and its First Nations history.
The clients that David works with endeavor to understand this balance as they develop resource infrastructure that supports their communities, such as wind and hydro generating plants, transmission lines, district energy and utility systems, roads, bridges, water and wastewater plants.
Taku River Tlingit First Nation
- Provided the legal advice required to successfully develop an off grid run-of-river hydro project in the midst of the 2008 global financial meltdown
- Legal member of the team that created British Columbia’s first private build partnership to build, own and operate a road and bridge into the Horn River shale fields in northeast BC
Private transmission line
- Advised on the development of the first third-party electrical transmission line in British Columbia that services a major natural gas producer in the Montney Shale Fields
The energy industry is David’s particular passion. He has established a comprehensive understanding of this industry to ensure that our clients’ legal issues are addressed in a commercially realistic context.
|Appearances as counsel before regulatory tribunals||All aspects of energy project development, including corporate structures, permits licenses and approvals, project finance and public policy formation|
|Impact benefit agreements with First Nations||Electrical transmission access|
|Securitizations||Energy projects where First Nations are the developers and owners|
|Independent monitor of impact benefit agreements||Expert witness in an energy arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement|
David stays current on broader business and market issues and uses this knowledge to shape unique legal solutions that benefit our clients. Examples include:
- Very actively participated in the development of the first securitizations in the London market
- Was the legal advisor to the developer of BC’s first private-public partnership
- Provided advice on the development of BC’s first independent power project and wind farm
- Was one of the founding directors of what is now the Clean Energy Association of BC and has continuously represented it in regulatory proceedings for 25 years
- Structured the first wholly First Nations-owned run-of-river development in BC
- Provided the legal advice for the first third-party-owned electrical transmission line in BC
David has practiced law in London, England, advising on international capital market and banking transactions. This experience provides David with the insight to address our clients’ projects in a global context.
Moving from an international perspective to an indigenous one, David views First Nations as being able to achieve commercial success in the same way as corporations. He has ongoing commercial projects with First Nations and values helping them strike the balance of achieving financial success in the context of their rich traditional histories.
For his work and leadership in the field, David received the Clean Energy Association of BC Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, media looks to him as a knowledgeable voice regarding the legal and business issues in the energy field. For over 20 years, he has been a regular contributor to all forms of media, including print, television, radio and Internet. As one prominent member of the media once put it: “David is responsible for the longest running energy tutorial in BC history.”
David has been complimented for his understanding and balanced presentations on energy matters by politicians of all persuasions.
David’s work requires continuous study and updating—it is impossible to remain stagnant in an industry driven by change and innovation. It is a combination of curiosity and experience that allows him to successfully help our clients. He is passionate about ensuring that our clients achieve commercial success.
Awards & Distinctions
- Clean Energy Association of BC Lifetime Achievement Award