John Olynyk - Lawson Lundell LLP

John Olynyk

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

John is a member of the firm’s Aboriginal, Environmental, and Project Development practice groups. His practice includes advising private sector and government clients throughout Canada on Aboriginal, environmental, regulatory and natural resources matters. John advises oil sands developers, conventional oil and gas companies, railways, mining companies, utilities and other resource developers on environmental regulatory matters and on Aboriginal law matters, including Aboriginal consultation issues and negotiation of cooperation protocols and impact benefit agreements related to natural resource project development. 

University of AlbertaBSc 1979University of British ColumbiaMSc 1984McGill UniversityLL.B 1995
Project Law BlogB.C. Continuing Legal Education B.C. Real Property Assessment Manual, aboriginal property taxation chapter


John’s representative experience includes:

Advising clients on strategies for working with the Government of Alberta in the development and application of consultation and accommodation guidelines by the Province
Advising clients on negotiations with aboriginal groups on a range of natural resource, utility and transportation matters
Advising clients on permitting, regulatory and aboriginal issues for proposed developments in western and northern Canada
Advising clients on matters related to negotiation and implementation of self government agreements, land claims agreements and treaties
Representing a group of oil sands developers, power and gas utilities and other companies in the negotiation of a consultation and accommodation agreement with the provincial and federal governments and five First Nations in northeastern Alberta
Helping a major Canadian oil and gas company successfully resolve aboriginal issues arising in the course of regulatory applications for an expansion to a heavy oil project in Alberta
Advising a major Canadian oil and gas company on negotiation of access agreements and benefits plans for exploration activity in the Northwest Territories
Advising major conventional oil and gas companies on aboriginal matters in Alberta and British Columbia, including issues arising on Indian reserves and on Métis settlements
Advising a national railway company on aboriginal matters across Canada, including the negotiation and implementation of ground-breaking agreements on aboriginal property taxation jurisdiction, resolution of historic grievances and local issues, and acquisition of Indian reserve lands for right of way expansions
Advising natural resource developers on the negotiation of a joint venture business arrangements with an Alberta First Nation
Assisting a major public utility in negotiating and drafting impact benefits agreements with aboriginal groups affected by a proposed gas pipeline to Vancouver Island, with the result that aboriginal concerns were not an issue before the National Energy Board
Acting as negotiator, facilitator and legislative drafter for a government client in the development of legislation implementing provisions of land claims agreements

Office Location

205 Fifth Avenue, SW, Suite 3700
Bow Valley Square Two
Calgary, AB T2P 2V7

Practice Areas

Aboriginal Law

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