Chidinma Thompson

Chidinma B. Thompson  


Executive Summary

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.

Representative Work

Major Litigation Work

  • Signalta Resources Limited v. Canadian Natural Resources Limited, 2018 ABQB 904 [applicable test in allowing surrebuttal expert reports in a complex gas-over-bitumen case]
  • Signalta Resources Limited v. Canadian Natural Resources Limited, 2018 ABQB 935 [applicable test in granting leave of court to bring a summary judgment application when trial date has been set]
  • Canlin Resources Partnership v Husky Oil Operations Limited, 2018 ABQB 24 [dispute over Right of First Refusal ("ROFR") for a natural gas facility in a significant White Map purchase and sale of oil & gas interests]
  • Talisman Energy Inc v Esprit Exploration Ltd, [2013] AJ No 202 (QB) [dispute over ownership and environmental liabilities associated with sour gas processing plant].
  • Toyota Tsusho Wheatland Inc v Encana Corp, 2016 ABQB 209 [litigation and arbitration related to alleged breach of oil & gas joint venture agreement involving significant oil & gas interests].
  • Metcalfe v. Yamaha Motor Powered Products Co. Ltd. 2012 ABCA 240 [litigation on product liability matters and procedural issues relating to the Hague Convention].
  • Pender v. O’Connor, 2014 ABQB 564 [estate and trust litigation matter].
  • Penn West Petroleum Ltd. [shareholders’ derivative and oppression action].
  • Signalta Resources Ltd. [various oil and gas matters, including split-title].
  • Receiver of Three Sisters Mountain Village ULC, a resort property development company with extensive holdings in Canmore, Alberta [various aspects of environmental-related issues in receivership proceedings].
  • Chief Restructuring Officer of Liberty Crossing Limited Partnership, Spruce Ridge Estates Inc. and related real estate entities [various restructuring matters under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act including caveat removal proceedings].
  • Represented and advised receivers, chief restructuring officer, monitors, trustees in bankruptcy and creditors in various high-profile receiverships, bankruptcies and restructurings pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Major Environmental, Climate Change and Energy Regulatory Work

  • Nipigon LNG Corporation section 71 NEB Act Application (OF-Tolls-Group1-T211-2018-01 01) [Access to Pipeline and Related Facilities].
  • Regulatory and Environmental Advice to the Government of Canada in its $4.5 Billion acquisition of the Trans Mountain and Puget Sound Pipelines, and related terminals.     

  • Canada Energy Regulator Reasons for Decision Westcoast Energy Inc., doing business as Spectra Energy Transmission GHW-002-2018, August 2019. 
  • In the matter of Kallisto Energy Corp. Application for a Well Licence Crossfield East Field, 2012 ABERCB Decision 005 [well licence application in proximity to underground gas storage reservoir].
  • Western Alberta Transmission Line Project (WATL) - AUC Decision 2012-327 [approval of an HVDC transmission line designated as Critical Transmission Infrastructure between Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, including the environmental impacts, participant involvement program and aboriginal consultation].
  • Re Alberta Oilsands Inc. Clearwater West LP-SAGD Pilot Project, Athabasca Oilsands Area, ERCB Application No. 1642894 [oil sands pilot scheme project approval involving federal and municipal jurisdictions].
  • Re Pengrowth Energy Corporation Lindbergh SAGD Expansion Project, OSCA Application No. 1784285 [oil sands commercial scheme expansion project approval].
  • Regulatory Appeal Request by Nexxtep Resources Ltd.’s - Decision to Deny Compulsory Pooling Application No. 1782298, re-issued January 19, 2015;
  • Re: TransCanada Pipelines Limited Application for Approval of Tariff Proposals (RH-001-2013) [Review and Variance Application, Compliance Filing].
  • Pacific Northwest LNG Ltd. Application for LNG Export License pursuant to Section 117 of the National Energy Board Act. [LNG Export License approval].
  • Sunshine Oil Sands Ltd. [various aspects of its oil sands project development].
  • Assisted clients in obtaining and maintaining Crown mineral rights and tenure.
  • Advised clients on applicable royalty frameworks and deductions.
  • Represented clients in applying for and opposing well, pipeline and facility licenses, license transfers (including Regulator Directed Transfer process), exploration approvals, underground storage reservoirs, processing plant and large facility approvals, oil sands schemes and infrastructure, pooling and unitization, off-target, pool delineation, trespass and equity issues, shut-ins and suspensions, surface rights, Rights of Entry and volumes and reporting requirements.
  • Assisted clients on pipeline tariffs and tolls proceedings.
  • Advised oil and gas clients on environmental assessment under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and submissions for proposed Legislative and Regulatory amendments by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (“INAC”).
  • Advised various clients on environmental liability and defences under Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
  • Advised clients on environmental liability and Licensee Liability Ratio compliance and management, orphan facilities and recovery from the orphan fund under the Oil and Gas Conservation Act.
  • Assisted developer clients with water license purchase and transfers and other environmental applications in relation to land and resource development.
  • Assisted developer clients with sale/purchase of brownfield for redevelopment and dealing with contamination.
  • Assisted with municipal-owned utility company in utility rate proceedings before the Alberta Utilities Commission.
  • Assisted municipal-owned utility company in non-regulated environmental matters, including Waste Management and Recycling Bylaws and new Waste and Recycling Facilities.
  • Advised financial institution in lender environmental liability matters.​

Publications & Presentations

Chidinma is 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.

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