John Vellone

John A.D. Vellone  


Executive Summary

John Vellone is a partner in the Toronto office and is a member of the Electricity Markets and IT Groups. He practises corporate/commercial and regulatory law with a focus on energy law and matters relating to the Ontario electricity sector. John specializes in the corporate/commercial and regulatory components of electricity markets and infrastructure revitalization. John was recognized as a 2017 Lexpert® Rising Star, in the 2018 edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Energy - Electricity) and in the 2019 editions of Chambers Canada (Energy - Provincial Regulatory) and Best Lawyers in Canada (Energy Regulatory Law).

John also has a comprehensive technology law practice encompassing the breadth of corporate/commercial matters. He has particular experience drafting and negotiating agreements for hardware, software and information technology services.

John is on the executive of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, is an executive member of YPE (Young Professionals in Energy) of Toronto, and is a member of the Board of ZooShare Biogas Co-operative Inc. (which is developing a 500kW biogas electricity generation facility at the Toronto Zoo).

John was both a summer student and an articling student at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP before joining the Firm as an associate in 2008.


Representative Work

  • Advising the Independent Electricity System Operator (and formerly the Ontario Power Authority) on energy, procurement and commercial law, including drafting and amending procurement documents, long-term power purchase agreements, and shorter-term incentive contracts and advising on ongoing contract management matters, in respect of Province-wide initiatives including the Large Renewable Procurement, the Industrial Electricity Incentive Program, the Hydroelectric Standard Offer Program and the Hydroelectric Contract Initiative.
  • Advising developers, investors and lenders concerning corporate, commercial and regulatory aspects of power project development for a variety of technologies including natural gas, wind, solar, hydro-electric, biomass, cogeneration, combined heat and power.
  • Advising above clients on transaction structure, contract design, risk assessment, permitting, project finance, regulatory issues, power purchase and energy sales agreements, non-utility generation contracts, construction contracts, operations and maintenance agreements, and mergers and acquisitions in the energy sector.
  • Advising clients, including large industrial consumers, generators, transmitters and local distribution utilities, on energy regulatory matters and representing those clients before the Ontario Energy Board in a variety of proceedings, including electricity and gas rate applications, licensing applications and licence amendments, Z-factor applications, and MAADS applications, and before the Independent Electricity System Operator in a variety of proceedings, including compliance proceedings and inquiries.
  • Advising above clients in respect of review and appeal proceedings before the Ontario Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
  • Drafting and negotiating major outsourcing and technology agreements for large electrical utilities, hospitals and healthcare-related institutions, including major technology-related acquisitions and supplier arrangements, including custom-developed hardware and software systems; significant IT outsourcing arrangements; and province-wide initiatives in Ontario including in respect of eMPI-WTIS and the Provincial Critical Care Information System.

Publications & Presentations



  • Speaker, "The Power to Adapt Through Innovation," EDIST 2018 Conference, January 2018.
  • Co-Chair, "Recent Developments in Energy Regulation," Ontario Bar Association, May 2017.
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments at the Ontario Energy Board (OEB)," EDA Northwest and Northeast District, 2016 Fall Conference, September 2016.
  • Speaker, "Ontario's Capacity Auction: The Legal Perspective," Mindfirst Lunch Seminar: Ontario Capacity Auction - Analysis of Feasibility and Criteria for Design Elements, April 2015.
  • Program Chair, "Recent Developments in Energy Regulation: Natural Resources and Energy Law Section," Ontario Bar Association, April 2015.
  • Speaker, "What does FIT 2.0 mean for solar?" Canadian Solar Industries Association Webinar, March 2012.
  • Speaker, "Understanding the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009," Ontario Waterpower Association 9th Annual Conference, October 2009.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy - Provincial Regulatory).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Energy Regulatory Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2018) of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Energy - Electricity).
  • ​Recognized as a 2017 Lexpert® Rising Star.