Julie G. Hopkins

Julie G. Hopkins  


Executive Summary

Julie Hopkins is a senior commercial litigator with over 20 years arbitration and litigation experience. She assists clients with complex and technical disputes involving issues such as oil & gas, insurance, corporate and constitutional law. She has extensive appellate experience.

Julie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She sits as a grievance arbitrator and unjust dismissal adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code and is a part-time member of the Land Compenation Board and Surface Rights Board. For a number of years she was a Panel Chair on the Insurance Councils Appeal Board. She has acted as agent for the Federal Crown prosecuting offences under federal statutes including the Income Tax Act and Excise Act.

Representative Work

  • Represented a Joint Venture Owner in a domestic arbitration related to certain oil sands operations.
  • Representing the Government of Alberta in defending a Charter challenge to the soft-tissue injury cap.
  • Representing a Lloyd’s insurer in a complex international commercial arbitration concerning construction insurance.
  • Represented a health authority in a judicial review of its decision to relocate an obstetrics ward outside of a small town hospital.
  • Representing certain corporations in an action concerning complex issues of trust and corporate law arising out of an estate freeze.
  • Representing parties in arbitrations  under Power Purchase Arrangements established pursuant to the Electric Utilities Act.
  • Representing an employer at the appeal of significant employment law case concerning damages.
  • Representing the Government of Alberta in litigation concerning the ATB and West Edmonton Mall/Ghermezian.
  • Representing a subcontractor in a large construction dispute related to the Athabasca Oil Sands Project.
  • Representing a pipeline company in relation to a constitutional division of powers case.
  • Assistant to a member of the bi-national panels under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), involving reviewing decisions related to anti-dumping duties.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, “An Introduction to Decision-Making and Reasons for Decision,” the Canadian Institute, 2005.
  • Co-Author, “Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. v. Soost:  Alberta Court of Appeal Restates Principles Related to Damages for Wrongful Dismissal,” Lexology, 2010.