Charles Bois has a diverse practice that focuses on the oil and gas, energy, mining and natural resources, Aboriginal, environmental, commercial, and construction and infrastructure sectors. In addition to his legal experience, prior to becoming a lawyer, Charles spent over 20 years working in the natural gas industry, including senior management and consulting roles.
Charles is a trusted adviser to his clients on commercial, administrative and regulatory, and environmental matters (such as permitting, climate change, GHG emissions trading, and offsets), as well as mining, energy (including oil, gas, hydro, and sustainable and renewable energy), and construction and infrastructure matters. He works with and represents clients before the BC Utilities Commission, the BC Oil and Gas Commission, the Canadian Energy Regulator (formerly, the National Energy Board), the Alberta Energy Regulator, and the Yukon Environmental Assessment Board.
Charles advises a diverse client base that includes Crown corporations, government departments and agencies, utilities, industrial consumers, independent power producers, contractors, and other clients. He works to help them understand and assess issues and achieve their goals.
Prior to attending law school at the University of British Columbia, Charles worked extensively in the natural gas industry and has experience in regulatory and environmental issues, construction of natural gas plants and pipelines, gas supply and sales contract negotiations and marketing, development and operation of gas management operating systems, and project management. Charles also prepared numerous submissions to the National Energy Board, Environmental Assessment and Review Boards, and various State and Provincial Utility Commissions and participated in numerous industry and regulatory task forces coordinating and addressing a variety of business and regulatory issues in the natural gas industry.
In his spare time, Charles has been deeply involved in the energy industry and community activities. He regularly volunteers at a pro bono legal clinic organized by Pro-Bono BC (formerly, Access to Justice Society) and is a guest instructor at the Law Society of British Columbia’s Professional Legal Training Course. He is an active member of many energy industry associations. Charles currently serves as director of the Chimo Community Services Society. Charles has been a director of the Clean Energy Association of British Columbia, the Canadian Institute of Energy (BC), the Naval Officer’s Association of British Columbia; the Langley Community Music School; St. Andrews Hall (a Presbyterian College); and the College of Applied Biologists.