Duncan practices corporate commercial law from our Vancouver and Calgary offices, focused on energy, clean technology, and infrastructure. Duncan is highly regarded by clients for his intelligence, dedication, responsiveness, and pragmatism in managing complex transactions. A strong and effective negotiator, an efficient drafter, and creative problem-solver, Duncan applies critical industry insights and extensive transactional expertise in helping clients realize business opportunities and growth.
What Clients Say
Clients tell Duncan that they “could not have gotten the deal done” without him.
Duncan has deep experience in acquisitions and divestitures, and restructurings, having participated in the purchase and sale of major industrial and infrastructure assets across Canada, both in high-growth and distressed circumstances.
Duncan has extensive experience in all aspects of project development, including pre-development agreements, co-ownership agreements, services agreements, tendering, and construction. Duncan has participated in or led teams negotiating, amongst other projects: the development of LNG facilities; offshore oil production facilities; pipelines; liquids terminals; and subsurface storage; as well as water transportation, processing, and waste disposal systems; and gas-fueled and renewables-based power generation. Duncan enjoys working with Canadian and international clients to overcome challenges and establish strong contractual foundations for projects ranging from small pilot projects to multi-billion dollar investments.
Duncan has particular sectoral expertise in energy, including, along with traditional oil & gas and power & renewables, nascent asset classes such as hydrogen-fueled and electrified low carbon transportation, decentralized power generation, power storage, and energy efficiency. He is also focused on supporting the development of transportation and trade infrastructure in Canada, as well as, growth-oriented clean technology companies.
In addition to his excellent corporate commercial skills, clients also benefit from Duncan's extensive knowledge of: indigenous and northern law; shipping and maritime law; water and environmental regulation; and, international and domestic politics.
Duncan is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Glenbow museum. He has assisted in teaching the Energy Law and Environmental Law courses at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law. Duncan received a Vineberg Travelling Scholarship from McGill for graduate studies at Sciences Po Paris, where he studied international relations and law. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford where he studied development economics. Prior to legal studies, Duncan was selected for the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program of the Government of Canada in Ottawa, during which he worked on indigenous and northern policy development. He has also worked for indigenous communities in northern Alberta and the Arctic. Duncan completed his law studies at the University of Toronto, with a year spent at Dalhousie University in Halifax.