John Hurley is a partner in the firm’s Montréal office and leader of the Aboriginal Law Group. He has more than 30 years experience in commercial law, with special emphasis on First Nations, energy and infrastructure, environmental law, regulatory matters and international development.
John has long worked with Aboriginal peoples in Québec, especially the Crees and the Inuit, on a wide variety of matters, including government relations, energy and natural resources, environmental assessment, local and regional government, health, taxation, economic development and general commercial matters. He has advised both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients on partnerships and collaboration agreements in the context of energy and resource projects.
In energy matters, John has assisted commercial clients for nearly 20 years with the development and execution of energy generation projects, whether wind, hydroelectric, biomass, cogeneration or thermal. He has acted for clients with respect to power purchase agreements, interconnection matters, regulatory and tariff matters, joint ventures and partnerships, project agreements, site acquisition, environmental assessments and government relations. He has also represented clients in environmental assessment procedures relating to large northern hydroelectric projects.
John has directed technical assistance projects in Eastern Europe related to international trade, civil law revision and judicial reform.
He practises in English and French.