John Gruber



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Education & Qualifications

  • Alberta Bar (1991)
  • LLB (Alberta, 1990)
  • BA honours (Toronto, 1987)

Services and Industries

John Gruber advises energy and utility clients, developers and landowners on regulatory, environmental and litigation issues.

  • Lead counsel on Alberta Surface Rights Board hearings dealing with reclamation and contamination issues.
  • Counsel to natural gas producer in coalbed methane entitlement hearing.
  • Representing clients before the Energy Resources Conservation Board on compulsory pooling, acid gas injection and well license transfer issues.
  • Representing energy clients before regulatory boards and the courts on issues related to the impact of Aboriginal rights on resource development.
  • Representing energy clients in Alberta and British Columbia with respect to investigations under and in compliance with the federal Fisheries Act.
  • Representing energy clients on compensation assessments related to hydrocarbon spills and releases.
  • Advising clients on issues arising from resource developments on Métis settlement lands.
  • Counsel to a water utility company on subdivision and utility issues.
  • Representing landowners in Alberta Utilities Commission proceedings with respect to electricity infrastructure.
  • Lead counsel in a trial involving the interpretation of royalty provisions in an oil and gas lease.

John has appeared numerous times before the Energy Resources Conservation Board, Alberta Utilities Commission, Environmental Appeals Board and the Alberta Surface Rights Board. He also has significant trial and appellate advocacy experience with commercial disputes and oil and gas matters.

He previously practised with the Calgary office of a national firm.

John has lectured at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and made presentations to various community and interest groups.

  • “Bearspaw v. Encana – The Latest Chapter in the Freehold Lease Continuation Story,” Oil and Gas Bulletin (March 2011)
  • “Energy Developments in Urban Areas: How Many Applications are Enough?”, Western Developments’ Prospects and Properties (Summer 2011)
  • “Regulatory Law,” Alberta Law Review, Vol. 44 Number 1 (April 2009)