Dentons Canada, LLP
Helen practises in the firm’s energy law group in Toronto. She is recognized as a leading energy practitioner with particular expertise in energy project development and utility regulation. She has over 25 years of experience as an energy lawyer in both the public and private sectors, including four years as counsel to the National Energy Board.
Helen has acted as counsel to some of North America’s leading developers of energy projects, including Enbridge Inc., MidAmerican Transmission, Renewable Energy Systems and Capital Power, in connection with the development, acquisition and disposition of power generation and electricity transmission and distribution projects. She has also acted for large Canadian and US financial institutions in connection with the provision of credit facilities to energy projects. Helen has specific expertise in the areas of energy project agreements, regulatory approvals, environmental assessments and permitting and Aboriginal consultation.
Helen has acted as counsel to Enbridge Gas Distribution and some of Ontario’s largest electricity distributors (PowerStream, Hydro Ottawa, Veridian) in connection with rate and facility applications, regulatory compliance issues and conservation and demand management initiatives. She has acted as counsel in over 100 proceedings before the National Energy Board, the Ontario Energy Board and the Energy Resources Conservation Board (Alberta) in cases involving the construction of electricity generation and transmission facilities and natural gas and oil pipeline facilities, the approval of rates (tolls) for transmission and distribution companies, the authorization of electricity and natural gas imports and exports and the development of regulatory codes, standards and policies. Helen has appeared before the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
A large component of any regulatory practice involves the provision of advice related to regulatory compliance. Throughout her career, Helen has provided on-going compliance and audit advice in the energy and environmental areas to a wide variety of clients regulated by the National Energy Board and the various provincial regulators across Canada. On the gas side, these clients have included Enbridge Gas Distribution, NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd., Pipelines, Pacific Gas Transmission Company, and Trans-Northern Pipeline. On the power side, Helen’s audit and compliance clients have included PowerStream, Hydro Ottawa, Enbridge Inc. and Capital Power.