Janice Buckingham - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Janice Buckingham

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 403-260-7006

Partner, Corporate Calgary   - 403.260.7006
Practice Area(s):
Energy - Oil & Gas (Co-Chair)

Janice’s practice focuses on the development, acquisition and divestiture of complex energy production, transportation and storage projects in Canada. She represents clients in upstream, midstream and transportation-related asset and share purchase and sale transactions as well as joint venture development, ownership and operation of conventional and unconventional energy resources. Janice advises clients on various aspects of independent power development and on all types of contractual issues arising from industry standard form and negotiated production sharing, processing, transportation, storage, marketing, construction, participation, joint operating and service-related agreements.  Her practice is complemented by eight years of business experience where she was responsible for negotiating industry agreements and the establishment and implementation of corporate governance practices and continuous disclosure compliance.

Recent Matters

  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited with the sale of certain royalty interests to PrairieSky Royalty Ltd for $1.8 billion
  • Kanata Energy Group Ltd. in their $54 million joint venture with Cequence Energy Ltd. regarding the Simonette gathering and processing facility in Alberta
  • Undisclosed private company in the acquisition of non-core assets located in south central Alberta from Penn West Petroleum Ltd. for $355 million
  • Devon Canada in the disposition of certain Canadian conventional assets to Canadian Natural Resources Limited for $3.125 billion
  • Talisman Energy Inc. in its sale certain Montney assets to Progress Energy Canada Ltd. for $1.5 billion
  • Apache Canada Ltd. in its disposition of certain oil and gas assets in western Alberta to Ember Resources Inc. for approximately $220 million and certain oil and gas assets in Alberta and Saskatchewan in two separate transactions with a combined value of approximately $117 million
  • Parallel Energy Trust in its agreement with Bravo Natural Gas LLC to acquire the remaining 41% interest in the West Panhandle Field for US$189.4 million
  • Nexen Inc. in its sale of a 40% working interest in certain NE BC shale gas assets and in the creation of a strategic shale gas joint venture with a consortium led by Inpex Corporation      
  • Total E&P on the formation of a strategic oil sands alliance between Total E&P Canada Ltd. and Suncor Energy Inc. encompassing the Fort Hills mining project, the Joslyn mining project and the Voyageur upgrader project
  • Apache Canada Ltd. on Canadian aspects of their US$3.25 billion acquisition of a partnership and corporation holding oil and gas exploration and production properties located in Western Canada, from BP Canada Energy
  • KM LNG Operating General Partnership and Apache Canada Ltd. in all aspects of its acquisition, joint ownership, development and disposition of interests in the proposed Kitimat LNG Project and Pacific Trail Pipelines
  • ConocoPhillips in its sale of 9% interest in Syncrude to subsidiaries of Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Company for $4.65 Billion
  • Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. in its acquisition of heavy oil assets located in the Lloydminster area of Alberta and Saskatchewan from Nexen Inc. for $975 million
  • Angle Energy Inc. in its $115 million acquisition of oil and gas assets from Compton Petroleum Corporation and in its $75 million acquisition of Stonefire Energy Corp. and concurrent financing
  • Hibernia Southern Extension, an offshore development project, on commercial arrangements and the proposed arrangements with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the fiscal regime, benefits and equity participation
  • Hebron- Ben Nevis Consortium (Chevron Canada, ExxonMobil Canada, Petro-Canada and StatoilHydro Canada Exploration & Production Inc.) on the Hebron- Ben Nevis Development Project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador including proposed arrangements with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the fiscal regime, benefits and equity participation (with estimated development costs in excess of $7 billion)
  • ConocoPhillips in its $1.0375 billion sale of subsidiary corporations to Pengrowth Energy Trust
  • BG Group plc in the reorganization of certain Canadian assets and the sale of the shares of BG Canada Exploration and Production Inc. to Progress Energy Limited for cash proceeds of $526 million
  • NAL Oil & Gas Trust in its acquisition of Seneca Energy Canada Inc. for $245.1 million and public financing of $225 million          
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in its US $4.1 billion acquisition of Anadarko Canada Corporation
  • ConocoPhillips on the establishment with Encana Corporation, of two 50/50 partnerships, one relating to upstream Canadian oil sands assets and the other to U.S refinery partnerships

Professional Affiliations 

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Director, Canadian Energy Law Foundation  

Industry Recognition 

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Business Lawyers, 2016, recognized in the area of Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) 
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2014 -2015, recognized in the area of Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2016, recognized in the area of Oil & Gas Law
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014-2016, recognized in the area of Energy Law
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2012-2016, recognized in the area of Natural Resources Law
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015, repeatedly recommended in Corporate Commercial Law
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015, consistently recommended in Energy (Oil & Gas)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014: Energy (Oil & Gas); Corporate Commercial Law
  • Lexology Client Choice Award 2013: Energy & Natural Resources Law in Alberta and Canada-wide
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers 2013
  • Who’s Who Legal 2013: The International Who’s Who of Energy Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal 2012: Oil and Gas
  • Named One of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine (2011)          


  • Alberta's New Royalty Framework, February 2, 2016
  • Lower for Longer - Boards will be challenged in 2016: The Globe and Mail, January 29, 2016
  • Distress Signals: Mitigating your risk when dealing with counterparties: Alberta Venture, Daily Oil Bulletin and Alberta Oil, January, 2016
  • Canadian Oil and Gas Law and Practice: Chambers Global Practice Guide, January 4, 2016
  • The Politics of Energy: Big Changes in the oil patch: Osler Legal Year in Review, December 9, 2015
  • Standard Energy Contracts, presented at Canadian Energy Law Foundation Fundamentals Seminar at Banff, March 2015
  • Current Issues facing the Oil & Gas Industry, Assention Mentium Seminar Panelist University of Calgary, February, 2015
  • Foreign M&A and Joint Ventures, moderator at the Oil Council 2014 Canada Assembly, May 28, 2014
  • The New Dawn: Commercial and Regulatory Considerations Affecting LNG Export from BC, presented at Canadian Energy Law Foundation Jasper Research Seminar, June, 2012
  • British Columbia Government Investment Support for Shale Gas. Montney/Horn River Infrastructure Finance & Development Summit – Bringing Gas and NGLs to Market, April 27-29, 2011, Calgary
  • Tendering and Purchasing Law in Upstream Oil, Gas and Oilsands: The Competitive Bidding Process and Obligations When Contracting for Work, Alberta Law Review, August, 2009
  • Issues facing Women in the Legal Profession, Women in Law Conference, May 15, 2008, The Ranchmen’s Club
  • Introduction to Purchase and Sale Agreements, CPLF Kananaskis Seminar in Fundamental Oil & Gas Law, January 24, 2008
  • Coalbed Methane: “Convention Rules for an Unconventional Resource”?, Alberta Law Review, July 2004

University of CalgaryUniversity of ManitobaUniversity of ManitobaBA
Calgary Bar AssociationLaw Society of AlbertaCanadian Bar Association

Office Location

TransCanada Tower, Suite 2500
450 First Street, SW
Calgary, AB T2P 5H1

Practice Areas

Energy Law
Natural Resources Law
Oil & Gas Law

Other Information

Gender: Female