Kent D. Howie  

Partner

Executive Summary

Kent Howie is both a lawyer and a CPA, having begun his career with a Big 4 accounting firm. He is a senior partner in our corporate commercial group who provides strategic business advice to international, national and local clients on an array of legal matters that encompass specialty areas like regulatory, tax, employment, litigation, pensions and corporate finance. He has been a lead adviser on the acquisition or development of a number of large infrastructure and electricity projects across Canada. This has included large hydro, coal, natural gas, solar, wind and geothermal projects in various parts of Canada. He has also advised clients on legal matters related to liquefied natural gas, oil sands, natural gas storage, refinery/upgrader, pipeline and offshore oil projects.

Representative Work

  • The Government of Canada in its $4.5 Billion acquisition of the Trans Mountain and Puget Sound Pipelines, and related terminals, from Kinder Morgan.
  • A joint venture participant in the 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AutoCanada Inc., Canada's largest publicly traded group of auto dealerships, with over 50 dealerships representing different OEMs, operating in various provinces across Canada.
  • 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. One of those projects, LNG Canada with a reported $40 billion construction cost, made a positive final investment decision in 2018.
  • On numerous 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.
  • 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.
  • The reorganization and/or sale of a number of municipal electric utilities in Ontario pursuant to the provisions of Ontario's Energy Competition Act.
  • 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.
  • 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

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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 2019 (and since 2013) edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of IFLR1000 - The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Project Development and M&A - Notable Practitioner).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Energy Law).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of the Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition – Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers.
  • 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.