J. Mark Rodger

Partner

Toronto
MRodger@blg.com
416.367.6190

Mark specializes in commercial, regulatory and government relations components of electricity and natural gas markets and with respect to municipal & regional water infrastructure renewal and expansion.

Mark has served as counsel to a broad range of stakeholders for over 25 years, including:

  • municipal, provincial and national governments
  • large industrial, institutional and commercial energy consumers
  • local distribution and transmission companies
  • a diverse range of electricity generators
  • energy retailers
  • out-of-province electricity importers
  • energy regulators
  • natural gas utilities
  • water utilities
  • decarbonization mandates

Within BLG, Mark is the Toronto Regional Co-Chair of the Electricity Markets Group and Chair of BLG Water Law.

Experience

  • Lead Counsel in over 30 electric distribution utility M&A transactions.
  • Counsel to numerous Ontario and out-of-province electric utilities regarding distribution and transmission rate, leave to construct applications, and other regulatory and compliance matters, including Market Rules and the Affiliate Relationships Code for Electricity Transmitters and Distributors.
  • Counsel to municipalities, First Nations and private sector clients regarding infrastructure renewal –including electricity distribution, transmission, natural gas system developments and implementation and water services. First to implement the Regulated Public Utility Model for water infrastructure renewal in Ontario.
  • Broad commercial and regulatory experience in renewable generation and electricity conservation and demand management, including program development, smart meter implementation initiatives and integrated resource planning.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Director, Logistec Corporation, Montreal
  • Director, EMERA Nova Scotia Power, Halifax
  • Director, The National Trust for Scotland (Canada)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association, Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law
  • Co-chair, Northwind Electricity Forum
  • Co-chair, Canadian Energy Law Forum
  • Faculty Member, CAMPUT Energy Regulation Course, Queen's University

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2016) of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy: Power and Energy: Provincial Regulatory and Litigation)
  • Recognized as a Lawyer of the Year in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Energy Law)
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Energy Regulatory Law, Energy), and recognized as "Toronto Energy Lawyer of the Year" in 2018
  • Recognized in the 2021, 2020 edition (and since 2013) of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy: Power - Regulatory)
  • Recognized lawyer in the 2021 edition (and 2013-2018-2020) of the Lexpert® Special Edition on Infrastructure
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2013) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Energy – Electricity)
  • Recognized in the 2021, 2020, 2018 (and since 2013) editions of the Lexpert® Report on Business Special Edition on Energy
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2015) of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Energy – Electricity)
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2014) of The Legal 500 Canada (Energy: Power)
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of the Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition – Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers
  • Recipient, 2017 Energy Bear Award, Canadian Energy Law Forum

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1990
  • LLB, University of Windsor, 1988
  • BA, University of Toronto, 1985