Brenden Hunter practices regulatory, Indigenous and environmental law. Frequently appearing before regulatory tribunals, Brenden has extensive project experience, providing representation and assistance to clients in developing and defending applications, where contested. Brenden also advises on and assists regulated utilities with their rate related applications, both generic and utility specific.
Brenden’s project experience includes acting for and advising clients regarding:
- electrical (high voltage and distribution) and natural gas transmission facilities
- renewable energy projects, including hydroelectric, solar and wind farm projects
- oil, gas, LNG and NGL pipelines and facilities
- telecommunications facilities
Brenden’s rate experience includes proceedings pertaining to rate design, tolls and tariffs and service matters.
Brenden was recognized as a Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer under 40 (2016) and recognized as a Leading Lawyer to Watch for Energy (Electricity) in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2017).
Brenden is Cree and a member of one of Alberta’s largest First Nations, Saddle Lake Cree Nation. With extensive 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 joint-venture, partnership, mutual benefit, capacity, environmental and Indigenous traditional knowledge/land use agreements.
Brenden is named by The Best Lawyers in Canada (2019) and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2018) for Aboriginal Law. The Legal 500 Canada (2019) also names Brenden as a Tier 1 Next Generation Lawyer for Aboriginal Law. Brenden has appearances before the National Energy Board, Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Energy Regulator, BC Utilities Commission, BC Environmental Appeal Board and Manitoba Clean Environment Commission. Brenden has also appeared before all level of Courts in Alberta, as well as before the BC Court of Appeal and Federal Court of Appeal.
In 2017, Brenden was appointed to the Board of Governors of Athabasca University, one of Alberta’s four comprehensive universities and a world leader in online and distance education. In 2018, Brenden was appointed as a legal member of the Alberta Provincial Court Nominating Committee for a three year term.