Alan Ross

QC

Regional Managing Partner, Calgary

Calgary
ARoss@blg.com
403.232.9656

Alan practises administrative and regulatory law, representing energy clients in national and provincial regulatory proceedings. He has significant experience in the areas of pipeline transmission, oil and natural gas, renewables and electricity.

He also helps clients from all industries navigate the laws around international trade. He has experience resolving disputes involving NAFTA and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. 

In the energy sector, Alan has significant experience with regulators in the U.K., E.U., and the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has represented clients before the National Energy Board, as well as provincial regulators, including:

  • the Alberta Energy Regulator (formerly known as the Energy Resources Conservation Board and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board)
  • the Alberta Utilities Commission
  • the British Columbia Utilities Commission
  • the Ontario Energy Board

In addition to his practice, Alan is the Regional Managing Partner of BLG’s Calgary office.

From 2013 to 2014, Alan served as the Province of Alberta’s Representative to Ottawa and the Toronto-Montréal corridor, a Deputy Minister-level position, reporting directly to the Premier of Alberta. In this role, Alan represented the Government of Alberta at a federal level, and advised the Premier and other senior government officials on pipelines, oil and gas markets, foreign investment, climate change, carbon pricing and other energy policy issues.

Prior to joining BLG, Alan worked for an international energy infrastructure company and practiced corporate/commercial law at an international law firm based in London, England.

Alan was appointed to the Queen's Counsel in 2020.

Experience

  • Counsel to the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association before the Supreme Court of Canada in the B.C. Environmental Management Act Reference.
  • The Government of Canada in its $4.5 billion acquisition of the Trans Mountain and Puget Sound Pipelines, and related terminals.
  • LNG project development throughout Canada with a combined project value of over $100 billion.
  • Canadian Energy Pipeline Association on the British Columbia Court of Appeal pipeline constitutional reference.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Young Presidents' Organization
  • Advisory Board Member, Western Canada General Counsel Awards
  • Lecturer (on Oil & Gas Law), University of Alberta
  • Lecturer (on Energy Business and Strategy), Université de Montréal (Hautes Études Commerciales) MBA Program
  • Lecturer on International Law and Policy, Canada School of Public Service
  • Advisory Committee, Canadian Energy Research Institute
  • Member, Canadian Energy Executive Association

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Calgary International Film Festival
  • Former Board Chair, Alberta Emerald Foundation

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2018) edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy: Provincial Regulatory - Alberta).
  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2012) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Law, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Natural Resources Law, and Oil & Gas Law).
  • Recognized in Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Energy: Electricity and Energy: Oil and Gas).
  • Recognized as an Acritas Star® . 
  • Lexpert® Rising Stars Award for "Leading Lawyers under 40," 2010.

Bar Admission & Education

  • New York, 2003
  • Alberta, 2002
  • England and Wales, 1999
  • Ontario, 1995
  • Leadership in Law Firms Certificate, Executive Program, Harvard Law School, 2016
  • MBA, Oxford University Wadham College, 2001
  • JD, Dalhousie University, 1994