Chidinma Thompson is a partner in the Disputes Group of our Calgary office. She practices commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, project licensing and approvals, environmental defence and compliance advisory. Her practice covers a broad range of sectors including oil and gas, electricity, renewable energy, municipal and land development. She has experience in regulatory hearings before the Alberta Energy Regulator and its predecessors, Alberta Utilities Commission, the Canadian Energy Regulator and its predecessor, the Surface Rights Board, the Natural Resources Conservation Board, and the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. She has appeared before the Alberta Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal.
Chidinma has taught various law courses at the University of Calgary Law School, and "Environmental Law in the Energy Sector" at the Haskayne Business School’s Msc. Program on Sustainable Energy Development. She frequently publishes articles in law journals, book chapters and blogs. She is a contributor to Canadian Environmental Law (LexisNexis Butterworths, Chapter 4: Federal Regulatory Controls) and the Environmental Law and Policy 4th ed. (Emond Montgomery Publications Limited, Chapter 24: Environmental Considerations in Business Transactions). She regularly speaks at various law conferences. Prior to joining BLG in 2009, Chidinma practised with an international oil & gas law firm in Lagos, Nigeria. As well, she has been a legal research associate with various Canadian Institutions and law firms.
Oil & Gas Litigation: Chidinma’s practice covers a wide variety of complex issues arising out of oil and gas operations including purchase and sale of assets, various types of royalties and interest in land issues, mineral rights and tenure disputes including termination of leases, offset obligations, farmouts, rights of first refusal, caveats, joint ventures, operating and various forms of participating agreements, seismic and other licence agreements, plant operation and processing agreements, fracture stimulation, subsurface trespass and split-title conversion claims.
Project Approvals & Regulatory: She represents and advises clients on all aspects of project license and approval proceedings including statement of concerns, standing, consultation, aboriginal and Métis duty and adequacy of consultation, confidentiality of information, information requests and responses, environmental impact assessment, reconsideration of decision and regulatory appeals.
Environmental & Climate Change Litigation & Regulatory: Her practice also includes environmental and climate change matters arising in a wide variety of sectors including energy, municipalities, real estate, public utilities, land developers, financial institutions and automobile. She has assisted clients with issues arising under provincial and federal environmental legislation including spill and release of substances, contaminated sites liability and management, sale/purchase and redevelopment of brownfields, remediation and reclamation applications, directors’ and officers’ environmental liability, environmental liability in insolvency, and water licence and transfer proceedings, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and renewable fuels and energy alternatives.
Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation: Her practice also covers a broad range of complex litigation, arbitration and mediation on such matters as commercial contract disputes, bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring, franchises, gift card regulation and consumer protection disputes, defamation and media disputes, manufacturer’s liability, shareholder litigation including derivative, oppression and options back-dating claims. She acts for directors and officers of private and public corporations and advises boards and their committees on governance and litigation matters. She also litigates estate, trust and beneficiary disputes.