Duncan M. McPherson


Energy, Water, and Aboriginal Business Lawyer at Bennett Jones Calgary

T: 403.298.3255

Duncan McPherson practises corporate law focused on five areas: oil & gas; power & renewables; climate change & emissions trading; aboriginal law; and water. Duncan provides discrete advice on specific business issues, and represents clients through the negotiation and completion of high-value complex transactions.

Oil & Gas: Duncan acts on upstream, midstream, and downstream deals, with a particular emphasis on purchase and sale agreements (including from receivership sales), joint ventures and other co-ownership arrangements for projects, and midstream services agreements. Duncan has significant experience in structuring and negotiating new infrastructure projects, including pipelines, terminals, subsurface storage, and offshore production.

Power & Renewables: Duncan advises in respect of power purchase agreements, and has broad experience in the structuring of power projects, including wind, solar, and hydro.

Climate Change & Emissions Trading: Duncan advises clients on carbon emissions legislation as these requirements evolve across Canada, and related transactional matters including environmental credits transactions.

Aboriginal Law: Duncan advises on structuring and negotiating diverse commercial arrangements, both with and for aboriginal groups. Duncan has worked previously with aboriginal communities in Alberta and the western Arctic, and with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Clients benefit from Duncan's extensive knowledge of aboriginal and northern law, fused with corporate law experience.

Water: Duncan has extensive knowledge of the regulatory regimes for water resources in Alberta and B.C. He advises clients on acquiring and maintaining rights to water, and the structuring and negotiation of both water transportation infrastructure and supply transactions.

Duncan volunteers as a member of the board of the Glenbow museum. He has previously assisted in teaching the Energy Law and Environmental Law courses at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law.

Duncan attended the Institut d'Études Politiques (Paris) on a Philip F. Vineberg Travelling Fellowship, and Oxford University as a Commonwealth Scholar. He completed his law studies at the University of Toronto, with a year spent at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Select Experience

  • A terminal operator, in respect of liquids terminalling services agreements in Québec.
  • Encana Corp. in connection with its sale of gas pipeline and processing assets in Western Canada's Montney region to a partnership of Veresen Inc. and KKR & Co. LP for approximately $412 million. Veresen Midstream, a joint venture of Veresen Inc. and KKR & Co. LP, will also invest up to $5 billion to support future production in the Montney, a massive liquids-rich natural gas play that straddles the Alberta-British Columbia border. Veresen Midstream will also provide midstream services to Encana in connection with the acquired and future assets.
  • A co-venturer, in respect of the negotiation of a major offshore joint venture.

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