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Julia Loney is an experienced regulatory lawyer with extensive experience in M&A transactions and government relations.

Julia’s broad regulatory expertise is primarily focused on commercial arrangements and transactions, with particular emphasis on the negotiating and drafting of contracts and agreements, corporate governance and compliance, and regulatory and environmental issues in project development. She provides strategic regulatory advice on municipal planning, consumer issues, and matters relating to energy and natural resource projects, rail transportation, and food and agribusiness. She also advises on Alberta and Saskatchewan privacy matters, including access requests, legal requirements and risk assessments, and developing compliance programs and policies and consent forms.

In her environmental and climate change practice, Julia advises clients on permitting and approvals, legal risk mitigation, and ensuring compliance with evolving environmental regulations at all levels of government. She is highly knowledgeable about hazardous waste disposal and clean-up issues, including responsibility for remediation costs of contaminated sites, as well as reporting and disclosure requirements for corporations and government entities.

Julia is a member of the American Bar Association and co-chairs the Waste and Resource Recovery Committee of the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER). She was accepted to the 2021-2022 Leadership Development Program for SEER.

She is one of the founders of the Interdisciplinary Sustainable Agriculture Network (ISAN) through the University of Calgary.

Active in her community through various alumni organizations and committees, she is a board member of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta and volunteers with the St. Andrew-Caledonian Society and the Farm Equipment Subcommittee of the Calgary Stampede.

Julia is also a member of the national public affairs firm McMillan Vantage Policy Group.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel for numerous American companies in obtaining necessary regulatory approvals and licenses required to open and operate businesses in specialized industries in Canada
  • Counsel for Aurora Cannabis Inc., in completion of a $75 million bought deal private placement of units with a syndicate of investment dealers. The net proceeds of the offering will be used by Aurora to advance construction of its 800,000 square foot production facility known as “Aurora Sky” at the Edmonton International Airport. The facility is expected to be the world’s largest medical marijuana grow operation.
  • Counsel for various Canadian and American private equity investors in the purchase and financing of Canadian oil and gas companies
  • Counsel for numerous American companies in structuring Canadian operations
  • Represented The Williams Companies, Inc. and Williams Partners L.P. in connection with its sale of their Canadian natural gas liquids midstream businesses to Inter Pipeline Ltd. for combined cash proceeds of C$1.38 billion, which business includes the potential construction of a C$1.85 billion propane dehydrogenation facility located near Redwater, Alberta, which will produce polymer-grade propylene using propane derived from oil sands offgas as feedstock.
  • Represented a Canadian environmental consulting company serving multinational mining companies in the sale to a United States based strategic buyer
  • Represented a publicly traded United States energy company in the ongoing development of a significant petrochemical facility in Canada
  • Represented a Cedar 1 LNG Export Ltd. (a Haisla Nation company) in successfully gaining National Energy Board approval for a liquefied natural gas export license
  • Represented the private equity fund Novacap TMT IV in connection with the sale of all of the assets of Onstream Pipeline Inspection Ltd. and Onstream Polymers Inc.. to a purchaser entity sponsored by Novacap TMT IV
  • Represented a fee simple mineral title royalty company in the proposed acquisition by a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company by plan of arrangement
  • Represented the general partners in the founding of a private equity fund
  • Represented a United States private equity investor in the purchase and financing of a Canadian oil and gas services company
  • Represented a publicly traded United States energy company in the “dropdown” of $1 billion of Canadian assets to a master limited partnership
  • Counsel for numerous not-for-profit corporations with respect to organization, registration with the Canada Revenue Agency for charitable status, and dissolution
  • Counsel for Médecins sans frontières (Doctors without borders)

Speaking Engagements

EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services Team Challenge, Panelist

January 19, 2022

Water Law Seminar - Moderator

Dec 1, 2021 - An engaging virtual event where an introduction to water law is discussed and an insightful conversation on issues, challenges and opportunities facing residents, irrigation districts and municipalities in Alberta. VIEW PRESENTATION

Working Together on Climate Acton: What’s Next for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Calgary, Speaker

October 21, 2021

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Waste and Resource Recovery (SEER) Committee discussion: "Celebrate Responsibly! Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Cannabis and Brewery Waste”.

June 30, 2021

American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) discussion on Plastics and Recycling in the Americas

March 18. 2021

Policy and Regulation Recent Legal Developments of Interest in the Transport of Petroleum Products by Rail in Comparison to the Transport of Petroleum Products by Pipeline CTRF 2020 Annual Conference

June 5, 2020

Alberta Businesses & COVID-19: How to Navigate from a Legal Perspective - Hosted by Calgary Chamber of Commerce

April 7, 2020

Indigenous Reconciliation - Challenges and Opportunities for Project Developers Presented at the Indigenous Reconciliation Seminar, Calgary

November 2019

Canadian Issues in Cross Border M&A Transactions within the Agricultural Industry The Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch: AB Food & AgriBusiness Law Section

November 3, 2017

Canadian Issues in Cross Border M&A Transactions within the Agricultural Industry AALA Agricultural Law Symposium, Louisville, Kentucky

October 2017

Environmental Law and Regulation The Canadian Institute's 20th Annual Conference, Calgary, AB

June 2016

Environmental and Regulatory Issues Surrounding Pipeline Developments in Western Canada Co-presenter, Western Oil & Gas Transportation Summit, Calgary, AB

May 2014

Investment Opportunities on Midstream Developments: What are the Most Attractive Investment Targets? Moderator, Western Oil & Gas Transportation Summit, Calgary, AB

May 2014

Caveats - McMillan Corporate Seminar, Calgary, Alberta

February 2013
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Teaching Engagements

  • Judge for the 33rd Annual Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC) 2020-2021 on Questions Relating to Climate Health and Welfare and Emissions from Energy Industries
  • Regular guest judge for the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law mooting program, including annual moots for the 1L legal research and writing course
  • Judge for the Twenty-Fifth Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition (IEMCC) 2020–2021 on Questions Relating to Protection of Bats and International Trade Measures
  • Guest Lecturer, “Renewable Energy in Agriculture”, University of Calgary Faculty of Law (October 2020)
  • Course instructor, “Fee Title”, Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Administration (November 2017)
  • Conference presenter, “The Fundamentals of Environmental Law in Alberta: Successfully Navigating the Regulatory Maze”, The Canadian Institute (June 2015)
  • Course instructor, “Administration of Freehold Mineral Rights”, Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Administration (March 2014/2015)

Media Mentions

Rankings & Recognitions

  • 2015 CFA Young Professionals Thought Leadership Award

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Bow Habitat Station
  • Board Member, Schizophrenia Society of Alberta

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Co-founder — Interdisciplinary Sustainable Agriculture Network (ISAN), University of Calgary
  • Association of Corporate Growth
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Petroleum Acquisition and Divestment Association (PADA)
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Administration
  • Member of American Bar Association — Women Rainmakers Committee Member

Education & Admissions

Called to the Saskatchewan bar
Called to the Alberta bar
LLMUniversity of Calgary
LLBUniversity of Alberta
BAUniversity of Calgary


Insights (31 Posts)

Featured Insight

Drilling Down on Crypto: AER Cryptocurrency Mining Bulletin and Information Request

Alberta's Energy Regulator taking steps to better understand cryptocurrency mining operations occurring alongside AER-regulated operations.

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May 4, 2022
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Plan for the Ban: Canada Joins UN Countries in World’s First Global Plastic Pollution Treaty

Planning for the World’s First Global Plastic Pollution Treaty

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Mar 30, 2022
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Plan for the Ban: Our New Year’s Update of Single-Use Plastics Bans Across Canada

This bulletin provides an updated summary of the current state of single-use plastics legislation across Canada.

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Jan 18, 2022
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Clearview AI Ordered to Comply with Provincial Regulators’ Privacy Recommendations

Canada’s provincial privacy regulators have issued orders against Clearview AI forcing it comply with the
recommendations of a 2020 joint investigation.

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Jan 5, 2022
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Smartphone Apps Beware – Babylon Health investigation provides insight into compliance with Alberta privacy laws

Key takeaways from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (OIPC)s report re: investigation of the Babylon by Telus Health app.

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Dec 15, 2021
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Water Law Seminar: Part 1

This webinar provides introduction and an insightful discussion issues, challenges and opportunities facing residents, irrigation districts and municipalities in Alberta.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
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McMillan’s Annual Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Webinar

Our lawyers will provide an overview of important case law developments, regulatory guidance, upcoming statutory changes, and hot topics in Privacy, Data Protection & Cybersecurity

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
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Changes on the Menu – 2nd Course: Canadian Food Inspection Agency Updates Implementation Plan for Food Labelling Rules

This Bulletin covers the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Implementation Plan for Updates to Food Labelling Rules.

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Sep 29, 2021
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Recent changes for farmers’ market vendors in Alberta / Introducing the “Made in Alberta, by Albertans” label

This Bulletin covers changes to rules for farmers' markets and their vendors in Alberta, plus the rollout of the "Made in Alberta, by Albertans" logo and label.

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Aug 11, 2021
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Canada Makes Changes to Cross-border Hazardous Waste and Recycling Requirements

On February 26, 2021, Canada enacted the Cross-border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations.

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Aug 4, 2021
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Changes on the Menu: Canadian Food Inspection Agency Publishes Consultation Report on Proposed Guidelines for Simulated Meat and Poultry Products

This Bulletin discusses feedback on the CFIA’s proposed new guidelines for plant-based meat and poultry, what could be changing and what the CFIA is doing next.

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Jul 20, 2021
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Plan for the Ban:
Plastics Classified as “Toxic Substance”
Under Canadian Environmental Protection Act

Plastics are classified under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act as a toxic substance and amendments are proposed to prohibit the export of plastic waste

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Jul 20, 2021
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Canada’s new mandatory 100% ZEV target is a rapid charge forward.
What we think this announcement means for OEMs, Canadian industry, and more

Canada has announced a mandatory 2035 target for 100% ZEV sales. McMillan and McMillan Vantage Policy Group share what this may mean for OEMs, industry and more.

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Jul 12, 2021
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Charging Ahead: Alberta and Saskatchewan Joining Forces with Ontario and New Brunswick on Small Modular Reactors

Update on developments in nuclear energy and small modular nuclear reactors in Canada, including the memorandum of understanding that was recently signed.

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May 26, 2021
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Significant Changes to Canada’s Federal Environmental Protection Regime Proposed

The government of Canada is proposing significant changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 through the introduction of Bill C-28.

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Apr 28, 2021
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Changes to Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Act Take Effect

This bulletin summarizes the changes to Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Act which took effect on April 1, 2021.

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Apr 8, 2021
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Canada’s Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System Creates Green Incentives for Regulated Facilities

Publication of Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System Regulations under section 195 of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.

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Apr 7, 2021
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Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Federal Carbon Pricing Regime

In a decision released March 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is constitutional.

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Mar 29, 2021
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Fueling the Future: Canada’s Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Fuel Regulations

The federal government's proposed Clean Fuel Regulations will require the gradual reduction in the carbon intensity of fossil fuels supplied in Canada.

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Mar 26, 2021
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There Must be Something in the Water. Let’s Talk Hydrogen.

Please join us for an engaging panel discussion with experts and thought leaders from the political, academia, legal and business sectors to discuss the national hydrogen strategy.

February 9, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST
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Canada Legally Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

Canada Legally Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

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Dec 7, 2020
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Cross-Country Check-In: COVID-19 and the Environment

Canada's governmental and regulatory bodies have taken steps to temporarily alter legal requirements in light of COVID-19 to lessen the burden on businesses.

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Sep 10, 2020
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New Rules for Alberta’s Local Elections

Discussion of government of Alberta's Bill 29: Local Authorities Election Amendment Act, which came into force September 1, 2020

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Sep 10, 2020
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Bill 31 – Environmental Protection Statutes Amendment Act Passed and In Force – Cutting Red Tape and Returning Discretion to Alberta Environment and Parks

Overview of Alberta's Bill 31- Passed on July 23, 2020: amending statutory definitions of minerals and clarify treatment of silica sand.

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Aug 4, 2020
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July 24, 2020 Update Cross-Country Check-In: COVID-19 and the Environment

Canada's governmental and regulatory bodies have taken steps to temporarily alter legal requirements in light of COVID-19 to lessen the burden on businesses.

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Jul 24, 2020
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Alberta’s Recovery Plan: Invest Alberta and the Invest Alberta Corporation

Overview of Alberta's Recovery Plan announced June 29, 2020 and the new Invest Alberta

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Jul 8, 2020
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Federal Aid Package for Energy Sector and Alberta’s Plan to Spend It

The Federal Government released details of the long-awaited aid package to help the oil and gas industry. This article will overview those relief measures.

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Apr 29, 2020
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Canadian White-collar Crime Perspectives: Government Investigations and COVID-19

This piece explores the likely impact of COVID-19 on white-collar crime issues in Canada and how regulators are reacting to the pandemic.

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Apr 16, 2020
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Agribusiness – Business and Legal Considerations

In addition to the adverse impact to public health and the public healthcare system, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing severe economic hardship to western Canada.

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Apr 7, 2020
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“Essential” Workplaces and Services – A National Roundup and Best Practices for Managing Business Closures

This webinar will discuss the nationwide impacts, rules and regulations for defining “essential” workplaces and services and the closure of non-essential businesses.

Apr 1, 2020
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COVID-19: Alberta Government Announces List of Essential Services

Alberta's Government has published lists of essential services and non-essential places of business not permitted to
offer or provide services to the public.

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Mar 29, 2020