John A.D. Vellone

Partner

Toronto
JVellone@blg.com
416.367.6730

John has a comprehensive energy and technology law practice encompassing a breadth of corporate, commercial and regulatory issues with a particular focus on Canadian electricity markets and infrastructure revitalization.

His clients include Provincial and Territorial governments, system operators, regulated utilities, developers, investors, and lenders. He provides counsel concerning corporate, commercial and regulatory aspects of the electricity and natural gas industries and power project development for a variety of technologies, including:

  • wind
  • solar
  • hydro-electric
  • biomass/biogas
  • tidal
  • natural gas
  • cogeneration (combined heat and power)
  • district energy

John represents clients in proceedings before provincial regulatory agencies, primarily the Ontario Energy Board.

John also has a comprehensive technology law practice encompassing the breadth of corporate/commercial matters. He has experience drafting and negotiating agreements for hardware, software, telecommunications and information technology services for large electrical utilities, provincial/territorial governments and other public sector entities, including in respect of major technology-related acquisitions and supplier arrangements, including custom-developed hardware, software and telecommunications systems; and significant IT outsourcing arrangements.

Experience

  • Advising the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (and formerly the Ontario Power Authority), the Province of Alberta and the procurement administrator appointed by the Province of Nova Scotia on energy, procurement and commercial law matters, including drafting and amending procurement documents, long-term power purchase agreements, and shorter-term incentive contracts and advising on ongoing contract management matters, in respect of Province and Territory-wide initiatives including:
    • the Large Renewable Procurement, the Industrial Electricity Incentive Program, the Hydroelectric Standard Offer Program and the Hydroelectric Contract Initiative in Ontario
    • the Alberta Solar Energy Procurement (up-to 135,000 MWh annually)
    • the Nova Scotia Tidal Energy Procurement
  • Advising developers, investors and lenders concerning corporate, commercial and regulatory aspects of power project development for a variety of technologies including natural gas, wind, solar, hydro-electric, biomass, cogeneration, combined heat and power.
  • Advising above clients on transaction structure, contract design, risk assessment, permitting, project finance, regulatory issues, power purchase and energy sales agreements, non-utility generation contracts, construction contracts, operations and maintenance agreements, and mergers and acquisitions in the energy sector.
  • Advising clients, including local distribution utilities, generators, large industrial consumers, and transmitters on energy regulatory matters and representing those clients before the Ontario Energy Board in a variety of proceedings, including electricity and gas rate applications, licensing applications and licence amendments, Z-factor applications, and MAADS applications, and before the Independent Electricity System Operator in a variety of proceedings, including compliance proceedings and inquiries. Advising above clients in respect of review and appeal proceedings before the Ontario Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
  • Drafting and negotiating major outsourcing, technology and telecommunications agreements for large electrical utilities, provincial and territorial governments and other public sector entities, including major technology-related acquisitions and supplier arrangements, including custom-developed hardware and software systems; significant IT outsourcing arrangements; and Province and Territory-wide initiatives.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Executive, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section, Ontario Bar Association
  • Executive, National Environmental, Energy and Resource Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada

Community Involvement

  • Board member, ZooShare Biogas Co-operative Inc.
  • Board member, Alpine Club of Canada (Toronto Section)
  • Volunteer, Ontario Alliance of Climbers

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of The Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers.
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2018) of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Energy - Electricity).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2019) of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy - Provincial Regulatory).
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2019) of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Energy Regulatory Law) and in the 2021 edition (Energy Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Lexpert Special Edition - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers
  • Recognized as a 2017 Lexpert® Rising Star.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2008
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2007
  • MBA, Schulich School of Business, 2007
  • BA.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), University of Waterloo, 2003