When Alberta Venture Magazine published its list of the 50 most influential Albertans for 2012, it was no surprise to find Bennett Jones Partner, Don Greenfield, listed among them.
This year's list is an assembly of people from a wide range of sectors that make up Alberta's social and economic fabric. From ranchers and farmers to scientists and health professionals, this list includes politicians, philanthropists, business people, and of course, lawyers.
Considered one of the magazine's most popular items, this ranking is designed to highlight those who impact Alberta without drawing the accolades that are deserved. Don Greenfield is on the list due to the leadership role he has taken in the Alberta energy sector. Greenfield and Bennett Jones are synonymous with the oil and gas industry.
"If a billion-dollar deal is going down in the oil and gas sector, the energy team from law firm Bennett Jones, co-chaired by Donald Greenfield (along with Patrick Maguire), is probably going to be involved", the magazine says in its description of Greenfields achievements.
The magazine, striving to define influence as the effect a person has over others, created a list that is full of people who do not regularly grab headlines or are household names but who, they argue, have had an undeniably positive – influence on others.
"I am honoured and humbled to be listed amongst people who each in their own way strive to make Alberta a better place", said Mr. Greenfield. "Influence is a tricky thing to define. I am gratified that Alberta Venture sought out people that had a positive impact on our Province not just an impact", he continues.
Not every deal Greenfield works is in the billions but it is easy to see why that might seem the case. Some his recent work includes; Sinopec Group's $2.9 billion acquisition of Daylight Energy Ltd., Plains Midstream Canada ULC's $1.67 billion acquisition of the Canadian natural gas liquids and liquefied petroleum gas business of BP Canada and Shell Canada's $8.7 billion acquisition by Shell Investments Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc.
Don Greenfield and Bennett Jones look to be positioned to continue to play a dominant role in Alberta's energy sector.