Chris Sanderson, QC focuses on government relations and regulation in the energy and resource sectors throughout western Canada. He has advised utilities, independent power producers, marketers, mine and energy project developers, crown corporations, tribunals and governments.
Chris appears frequently before regulatory boards in energy and environmental matters in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. He represents clients in judicial proceedings arising in the regulatory context or, more generally, from the relationship between business and government heard by all levels of court in British Columbia and Alberta and in the federal court system including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has particular expertise in connection with all aspects of public utility law.
Recent tribunal experience includes assisting proponents for LNG export projects to obtain required authorizations from the National Energy Board and local regulators on both the west and east coasts of Canada.
His recent experience also includes a number of regulatory and judicial proceedings involving the extent of the Crown's obligation to consult First Nations. He was counsel to BC Hydro at all levels including the Supreme Court of Canada in RioTinto Alcan and BC Hydro v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, 2010 SCC 43.