In 2018-19, Keely led the AER in its winning case before the Supreme Court of Canada, Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd. (the Redwater decision). In its long-awaited ruling, the Supreme Court held that the AER authoritatively has the power to impose cleanup conditions on a license holder (including a receiver or trustee) and these powers survive bankruptcy. The full impact of Redwater on the regulatory, environmental and commercial landscape in Canada is still unfolding.
The bi-annual WCGCA is Canada’s national program designed exclusively to recognize excellence in the Western Canadian in-house counsel community. The awards honour counsel from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.