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Lucia Stuhldreier is respected for her legal expertise in matters involving ground transportation and aviation and as a tenacious litigator in administrative and public law. She is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in the Transportation: Rail & Road category by Chambers Canada.

Acting for rail shippers in connection with rail transportation agreements, Lucia negotiates rates and service matters, and agreements for the construction, acquisition and shared use of rail trackage. She also advises clients on rail transportation policy, and regulatory matters relating to aviation and truck transportation.

Lucia has extensive experience in rail regulatory proceedings before the Canadian Transportation Agency and arbitrations relating to rail freight rates, service issues, interswitching and railway line discontinuance as well as related judicial review and appellate proceedings. She has appeared before the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, the Manitoba Motor Transport Board, the Saskatchewan Highway Transport Board, all levels of court in Manitoba, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.


Expertise


Representative Matters

  • Represented rail shippers in court proceedings involving contract disputes and challenges of final offer arbitrations and Canadian Transportation Agency decisions
  • Provided strategic transportation advice to proponents of greenfield mining projects and industrial developments
  • Appeared on behalf of the Forest Products Association of Canada in the Canadian Transportation Agency’s 2019 investigation of freight rail service issues in the Vancouver area
  • Appeared on behalf of the Western Canadian Shippers’ Coalition before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in 2017
  • Counsel to large grain shippers in level of service complaints and applications for regulated interswitching before the Canadian Transportation Agency
  • Co-counsel in numerous final offer arbitrations for rail shippers in the mining, automotive, forest products and oil and gas industry against Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway.
  • Counsel to provincial and municipal governments in negotiations and regulatory proceedings relating to the acquisition of railway lands and trackage for shortline operations and in-land port facilities
  • Appeared on behalf of rail shipper associations before the Canada Transportation Act Review Panel in 2001 and 2015
  • Regulatory counsel on the acquisition of six regional and specialized air carriers
  • Counsel to a regional airport authority in enforcement proceedings under the Aeronautics Act
  • Represented airlines in enforcement proceedings under the Canada Transportation Act
  • Represents and advises motor carriers and shippers on trucking contracts, bills of lading, cargo claims, National Safety Code certification and regulatory compliance.

Speaking Engagements

Play Ball! The Canadian baseball-arbitration process for rail rate disputes and adopting a similar process in the US ATLP 91st Annual Meeting

June 30, 2020

Data Solutions for Enhancing Transportation Performance Railway Line Capacity Metrics CTRF 2020 Annual Conference

June 5, 2020

Teaching Engagements

  • Instructor, “Legal Issues in Transportation”, Transport Institute at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba (2006 – 2015)

News


Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers Canada 2021 as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Rail & Road
  • Listed in the Legal500 Canada 2020 as a “Recommended Lawyer” – Transport
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada 2020 as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Rail and Road
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada 2019 as a leader in Transportation: Rail & Road
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada 2018 in Transportation: Rail & Road – Nationwide – Canada
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada 2017 in Transportation: Rail & Road – Nationwide – Canada

Community Involvement

  • Aviation Management Advisory Committee, Red River College, Member (2005 – 2007), Chairperson (2007 – 2012)
  • Musik Barock Ensemble, Board Member (2002 – 2005)

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Transport Lawyers Association

Education & Admissions

2016
Called to the British Columbia bar
1998
Called to the Manitoba bar
1997
LLBUniversity of Manitoba
1986
BA (Honours), PhilosophyUniversity of Manitoba

Publications

  • Railway Line Capacity Metrics,” Planning in Times of Unprecedented Change and Uncertainty, Proceedings of the 55th Annual Conference of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (June 2020)

Insights by Lucia Stuhldreier (12 Posts)

CN Rail Acquires H&R Transport – Competition Analysis

May 1, 2020

The Competition Bureau's review of the CN/H&R highlights its attention to non-notifiable deals, its use of oral examinations and the efficiencies defence.

Transport Canada Relaxes Mandatory Off-Duty Time for Truck Drivers Transporting Essential Cargo

Mar 30, 2020

March 24 2020 after consultation with the provinces an exemption was issued permitting trucking companies and drivers to exceed maximum on-duty and driving time

Don’t Count Your Efficiencies Before They Hatch: Exploring The Factors That Impact A Railway’s Operating Ratio

Jul 22, 2019

Canadian Pacific Railway (“CP”) has significantly reduced its operating ratio in the past few years.

The Transport Finance Law Review – Edition 5

May 10, 2019

Canadian transportation policy is continuously evolving

Canadian Transportation Agency rules on Vancouver rail embargoes in first own motion investigation

Apr 16, 2019

The Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) has issued a Determination (see the Agency’s corresponding announcement here) following its investigation into freight rail service in the Vancouver area.

Regulations Implementing theTransportation Modernization Act

Apr 11, 2019

On April 1, 2019, the Canadian Transportation Agency (“Agency”) announced the publication of proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) in the Canada Gazette to implement certain aspects of the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) (“TMA”).

The Transport Finance Law Review – Edition 4

Jun 4, 2018

The Canada chapter in Getting the Deal Through - Banking Regulation 2018 provides an overview of the regulations governing the banking industry in Canada

Bill C-49: Some Welcome Improvements to Rail Service Level Arbitration

Jun 13, 2017

Bill C-49: Some Welcome Improvements to Rail Service Level Arbitration

Bill C-49: Is the Line Haul Interswitching Remedy Really New?

May 30, 2017

Regulators Rethink "Best Interest" Standard for Registrants

‘Trick or Tweak’ – Proposed Relaxation of Foreign Ownership Restrictions

May 18, 2017

‘Trick or Tweak' – Proposed Relaxation of Foreign Ownership Restrictions
for Canadian Air Carriers

Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

May 16, 2017

Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

Canadian Transportation Agency Closes Railway Capital Structure Consultation

Jan 3, 2017

Canadian Transportation Agency Closes Railway Capital Structure Consultation