Brenden Hunter practices regulatory, Indigenous and environmental law, assisting electrical generators, utilities, pipeline owners, oil and gas producers, telecommunications companies and other project proponents. Frequently appearing before regulatory tribunals, Brenden has extensive experience in project and rate-related matters, providing representation and assistance to clients in developing and defending applications, where contested.
Brenden’s project experience includes acting for and advising applicants on high voltage electrical transmission facilities, renewable energy projects, including hydro, solar and wind farm projects, telecommunications facilities and oil and gas extraction facilities and pipelines. Brenden also advises and assists regulated utilities with their rate related applications, including rate design and tariff applications.
Brenden is a member of one of Alberta’s largest Cree First Nations, Saddle Lake Cree Nation. With significant experience engaging with First Nations and other Indigenous groups in Canada from coast to coast, Brenden advises on Indigenous consultation issues and negotiates and drafts a variety of agreements on behalf of clients, including impact-benefit, consultation capacity, environmental and traditional knowledge/land use agreements.
As part of his practice, Brenden routinely retains and collaborates with experts and specialists in many other technical disciplines (e.g., environmental, water resources, GHGs, noise, electric and magnetic fields, historic resources, etc.).
In addition to appearing before the Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Energy Regulator, B.C. Utilities Commission, B.C. Environmental Appeal Board and National Energy Board, Brenden has appeared before all level of Courts in Alberta, as well as before the B.C. Court of Appeal and Federal Court of Appeal. Brenden has also recently appeared before the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission.
In November 2017, Brenden was appointed to the Board of Governors of Athabasca University, one of Alberta’s four comprehensive universities and a world-class leader in online and distance education.
Brenden was recognized with a Lexpert 2016 “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers under 40” award, and is also recognized as a Leading Lawyer to Watch for Energy (Electricity) in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017.