Jeremy Barretto is a partner in Business Law Group at Cassels Brock. He offers extensive regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal law experience in obtaining approvals for developments in the renewable energy, electricity, pipeline, oil and gas and mining sectors. Jeremy has negotiated agreements on behalf of project proponents with Aboriginal groups, landowners as well as federal, provincial and municipal governments.
Jeremy has dealt with matters before courts and regulators across Canada, including the National Energy Board, Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Electric System Operator and the Saskatchewan Ministries of Environment and Economy. He has represented project proponents in numerous oral hearings before federal and provincial regulators. Jeremy has presented at conferences across Canada and published numerous articles, including in the Alberta Law Review and the Globe and Mail.
Prior to joining Cassels Brock, Jeremy practiced in the Calgary office of another national firm and also worked in environmental engineering for five years, earning his Professional Engineer designation.
- Trans Mountain Corporation, with regard to regulatory and tolling approvals for the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which will transport 890,000 barrels per day of petroleum products from Edmonton, Alberta to the west coast of Canada. The project underwent an extensive public hearing before the National Energy Board.
- Trans Mountain Corporation, with regard to approximately 100 detailed route hearings processes before the National Energy Board for the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The detailed route hearing processes affirmed the route of the pipeline and included oral hearings with landowners, municipalities and Indigenous groups.
- BluEarth Renewables Inc. with regard to its approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission, to construct and operate the Yellow Lake Solar Project, a 19-megawatt photovoltaic facility, located in the County of Forty Mile.
- BluEarth Renewables Inc. with regard to its approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission to construct and operate the Burdett Solar Project, a 20-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility, located approximately 1.5 km southwest of Burdett, Alberta.
- BluEarth Renewables Inc., with regard to its Alberta Utilities Commission approval for the Bull Creek Wind Project. The Project was approved with a capacity of 115 megawatts (MW) in 2014 after the second hearing in Alberta before the Alberta Utilities Commission for a wind generation project. Bull Creek was the only wind energy project constructed in Alberta in 2015 with a reduced capacity of 29 MW.
- Muskowekwan First Nation – in its development of regulations under the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act and negotiation of a Tripartite Agreement with the Government of Canada and Province of Saskatchewan for the Muskowekwan Potash Project, the first on-reserve potash project in Canada. The Project proponent is First Potash Ventures, a joint venture between the Muskowekwan First Nation and Encanto Potash Corp. The Project is located northeast of Regina, Saskatchewan and will use solution mining techniques to produce potash.
- Gengrowth with regard to its development of wind and solar energy projects in Alberta.
- Canadian Wind Energy Association with regard to its submissions for government consultations related to renewable energy in Alberta.
- SemCAMS ULC with regard to its Alberta Energy Regulator approval for the proposed Wapiti Gas Plant, without a hearing, and regulatory matters for SemCAMS’ gas infrastructure.
Publications, Newsletters and Articles
- Program Faculty, Osgoode Professional Development, Legal and Practical Guide to Consultation with Indigenous Peoples, Toronto - November 2018
- Presenter, Lexpert, Aboriginal Law Course, Calgary - November 2018
- Author, Globe & Mail, “How Alberta achieved Canada’s lowest renewable-electricity prices,” December 2017
- Presenter, Canadian Wind Energy Association National Conference, "Regulatory Update: Siting Wind Energy Projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan," Montreal - October 2017
- Presenter, Alberta Expropriation Conference, “National Energy Board Land Acquisition Process,” Banff – November 2016
- Presenter, CBA Natural Resources Section, “So you think you can build a wind project? Legal considerations for wind energy in Alberta," Calgary – October 2016
- Presenter, CBA Environmental Section, “Will the flurry of wind energy projects lead to a storm of objections?” Calgary – October 2016
- Panel Chair, Solar West, “Regulatory Permitting for Large Ground-mount Solar Facilities,” Edmonton – October 2016
- Presenter, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, “Building Wind and Solar Projects in Alberta,” Edmonton – 2016
- Panel Chair, University of Alberta Electricity Symposium, “Expanding Renewable Energy in Alberta: Opportunities, Risks and Barriers to Entry,” Edmonton – September 2016
- Author, ABLawg, “Will the Flurry of New Wind Energy Projects Face a Storm of Opposition?” July 2016
- Author, Globe and Mail, “How to get Alberta, Canada’s green-energy pioneer, back in the saddle,” June 2016
- Participant, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Utility Rate School, San Diego, California – May 2016
- Presenter, Circle for Aboriginal Relations, “Update on Aboriginal Consultation Law and Policy Developments in Alberta,” Enoch, Alberta – May 2016
- Presenter, Stantec Environmental Assessment Seminar, “Climate Change & Upstream Oil & Gas from a lawyer’s perspective,” Calgary – April 2016
- Panel Chair, German Canadian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, “12th Canadian German Wind and Solar Energy Conference - Financing Renewable Energy Projects in Alberta,” Calgary – March 2016
- Co-author, Alberta Law Review (Vol 53, No 2), “Recent Regulatory and Legislative Developments of Interest to Energy Lawyers," January 2016
- Presenter, The Institute of Internal Auditors: Calgary November Breakfast, "Environmental and Aboriginal Law Considerations," November 2015
- Co-author & Presenter, Canadian Energy Law Foundation, "Recent Regulatory and Legislative Developments of Interest to Energy Lawyers," July 2015
- Chapter Contributor, LexisNexis, "Regulation of the Gas Industry in Canada, Regulation of the Gas Industry," 2015
- Presenter, Lexpert, "Annual Aboriginal Law: Consultation and Other Emerging Issues," 2015
- Presenter, Federated Press, Environmental Law & Regulation for Oil and Gas, "Conducting Aboriginal Consultation Under the Alberta Energy Regulator," November 2014
- Presenter, Circle for Aboriginal Relations, Update on Aboriginal Consultation Law and Policy Developments in Alberta, September 2014
- Author, Energy Regulation Quarterly, "The Tsilhqot'in Decision: The Supreme Court Confirms Aboriginal Title," September 2014
- Presenter, Lexpert, "Annual Aboriginal Law: Consultation and Other Emerging Issues," 2014
- Author, Oilsands Review, "What to expect from Alberta’s new single energy regulator," February 2013
- Author, Oilsands Review, "Making waves in land use – the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan," January 2013
- Author, Oilsands Review, "The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan is now officially in place—what it means for oilsands operators," November 2012
- Author, Oilsands Review, "Super regulation—the surprisingly controversial approach to regional land-use planning in Alberta," October 2012
- Instructor, Bow Valley College, Business Law Course, 2011-2012
- Canadian Bar Association
- Law Society of Alberta
- Calgary Bar Association
- Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)
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- Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta Foundation, Board Member
- Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, Planning Committee