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Kai Alderson *

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction British Columbia, 2008
Language(s) English
Office(s) Vancouver
*Law Corporation


Kai Alderson is an energy and natural resources lawyer in Vancouver. Utilities, energy companies and other natural resource clients seek out his practical advice on complex asset acquisitions and dispositions, project development and other challenging commercial matters. Kai is a trusted advisor, providing strategic advice to project proponents on environmental, regulatory and Indigenous law matters.

Energy and natural resource companies rely on Kai’s practical approach, whether he is assisting them on a challenging regulatory matter or a complex transaction. Kai is a problem-solver who helps clients achieve successful commercial outcomes while building constructive, long-term relationships.

Corporate/Commercial Law

Clients benefit from the breadth of Kai’s business law experience. He regularly advises companies on share and asset purchases, business structuring, limited partnerships and joint ventures. He also provides practical and creative advice on long-term project agreements, project financings and other project-related commercial and operating matters, including procurement.

Indigenous Law

With broad experience in engaging Indigenous groups on project-related consultation activities, Kai is able to negotiate and draft Impact Benefit Agreements and other commercial agreements and develop Indigenous procurement initiatives. This includes building win-win joint business ventures between industry and Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Environmental Law

Kai assists on all manner of complex environmental matters, from assessing and allocating environmental liabilities in commercial transactions, to the environmental assessment and permitting of major infrastructure, energy and other natural resource projects. Kai also regularly helps clients resolve contaminated sites disputes and engage regulators in respect of environmental compliance matters, from spill reporting to cost-effectively meeting permit conditions.

Carbon Markets and emissions trading

Kai advises on greenhouse gas reporting requirements and the purchase and sale of carbon offsets, renewable energy certificates and other environmental commodities. He also regularly consults on the impact of provincial, federal and regional greenhouse gas reduction initiatives.



  • Recognized in Energy Law in Vancouver, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 to 2024
  • Recognized nationwide in Aboriginal Law, Chambers Canada 2023
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in Aboriginal Law, Lexpert 2020 to 2023

Client Work

  • Sprott Private Resource and Streaming (B) Corp. completes acquisition of Premier Gold and Red Mountain Project Streams,
  • Pacific BioEnergy Corporation (subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation) sale of pellet sales contract book to Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.,
  • Advent International acquires leading specialty chemicals solutions provider Caldic from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Ongoing since November 2021
  • The Estée Lauder Companies acquires DECIEM Beauty Group Inc. (enterprise value C$2.8 billion),
  • Defence of unprecedented federal environmental prosecution for Teck Coal,
  • Teck Resources Limited completes sale of Waneta Dam to BC Hydro for C$1.2 billion,
  • Stella-Jones acquires Prairie Forest Products,
  • Sumitomo acquires stake in Canadian wood pellet manufacturer,
  • Confidential client bids for Grande Cache coal assets,

Career & Education


  • LLB University of British Columbia
  • Ph. D., International Relations, Rhodes Scholarship Oxford University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association


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