Kent D. Howie  

Partner

Executive Summary

Kent Howie is a lawyer and a chartered accountant who began his career as a tax lawyer, but who now practises corporate commercial law in ​our Calgary Office. Kent acts for a broad range of clients in the energy and electricity sectors, with a particular focus on the development of new, or the acquisition of existing, energy and electricity projects. He has experience advising clients on legal matters related to liquefied natural gas, oil sands, natural gas storage, refinery/upgrader, pipeline and offshore oil projects.  He has also acted as lead counsel with respect to a number of electricity projects, including large hydro, coal, natural gas, solar, wind and geothermal projects in various parts of Canada.  

 

Representative Work

  • Lead Advisor to joint venture participant in Hibernia Offshore Oil Project (off Newfoundland Coast) on matters related to ownership/operation of project, including federal and provincial royalty and net profits interest matters, and an array of commercial agreements dealing with crude lifting, vessel transportation, crude storage, and marketing of crude.
  • Lead Advisor on two large hydro-electric projects in Canada involving private developers and First Nations with estimated capital costs of $5 billion and $2 billion, respectively. Included providing advice on alternative legal structures, Aboriginal issues, joint venture agreements, power purchase agreements and projects’ foundational operating and financing agreements.
  • Lead Advisor on acquisition by Husky Energy Inc. from BP plc of 50% interest in Toledo, Ohio oil refinery in exchange for 50% interest in Sunrise Oil Sands Project (reported transaction value $10 billion+), including advising on material agreements governing the parties to jointly develop and operate the Project.
  • Lead Advisor to AutoCanada Inc., Canada’s largest publicly traded group of auto dealerships, with over 20 dealerships representing six different OEMs, operating in various provinces across Canada.
  • Lead Advisor on two different Liquefied Natural Gas Projects proposed to be constructed on the West Coast of North America with production capacity of 1.5 million mtpa and 12 million mtpa, respectively, including advising on the key project agreements that will govern the joint venture participants in each project.
  • Lead Advisor on mergers & acquisitions transactions in the electricity sector, including sale by EPCOR to ENMAX of its interest in Alberta’s Battle River coal-fired power plant’s 660 MW Power Purchase Arrangement, and acquisition by international utility of 300 MW gas-fired power plant in Calgary and 285 MW power plant in BC.
  • Lead Advisor in the creation of a corporate joint venture between a US Fortune 500 energy company and a diversified energy services company operating in the commercial and industrial gas and electricity marketing sectors, and the ultimate sale of the business to a publicly traded entity.
  • Lead Advisor in the reorganization and/or sale of a number of municipal electric utilities in Ontario pursuant to the provisions of Ontario’s Energy Competition Act.
  • Lead Advisor in the construction of a large long-term care facility by way of a three-way public private partnership among a large Ontario municipality, a developer, and a facility operator.
  • Lead Advisor in the completion of a governance review of Ontario’s third-largest municipal electric utility, including chairing a public consultation process and preparing the final report to the council of the municipal shareholder.

Publications & Presentations

Kent is the editor and a contributor to Alberta Power Market. This blog is authored by a team of BLG lawyers in Calgary who regularly work in the Alberta Electricity Market. It is a multi-disciplinary group that covers not only corporate and commercial law, but also brings together the required specialty areas, like regulatory, real estate, environmental, construction, financing and First Nations.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Energy.​
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2013 Lexpert® Special Edition on Infrastructure.
  • Recognized in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Mid-Market, Private Equity).