JoAnn’s practice is dedicated to regulatory, environmental and aboriginal law matters. She has acted for a variety of companies in developing major resource projects including in situ oil sands, conventional and unconventional oil and gas, wind energy and mining (oil sands, diamond and uranium). JoAnn specializes in providing strategic advice on navigating complex regulatory and environmental assessment processes and utilizing collaborative processes to resolve stakeholder concerns. JoAnn also has extensive experience working with First Nation and Métis communities including the negotiation of impact benefit agreements and structuring business relationships.
JoAnn spent several years as in-house counsel to Shell Canada Limited where she provided legal advice on upstream energy issues including oil sands, conventional oil and gas acquisition and divestitures, sour gas well licence and facility applications, landowner disputes, environmental compliance, greenhouse gas initiatives, contaminated site matters and development on First Nation reserve lands. During her last two years at Shell, JoAnn acted as Regulatory Manager, Approvals and Compliance for Shell’s upstream and frontier businesses, providing strategic advice on several major projects and working to upgrade Shell’s internal regulatory processes.
Prior to joining Lawson Lundell, JoAnn practiced with a leading national law firm and then a boutique regulatory firm, specializing in regulatory, environmental and aboriginal law.
JoAnn is also a regular contributor to the Project Law Blog, a resource that updates proponents on developments in the law and policy that applies to the development of major projects in Canada.