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Ryan Gallagher maintains a broad regulatory practice that encompasses transportation law, competition law, and foreign investment regulation. He has extensive experience advising clients in mining, forestry, agriculture, chemicals and other industrial sectors on issues relating to transportation and logistics. Ryan is recognized as a leading transportation lawyer with outstanding expertise in railways.

Acting on behalf of some of the largest shippers in Canada, Ryan provides advice and representation on regulatory and arbitration matters involving rates and conditions of service on and with Class I railways.

Ryan also provides counsel on commercial negotiations, regulatory submissions before the Canadian Transportation Agency, industrial property development issues, and environmental permitting and approval matters.

As part of his regulatory practice, Ryan assists clients with merger reviews and other matters under the Competition Act and foreign investment matters under the Investment Canada Act.  



Representative Matters

Ryan was a member of the firm’s team on the following transportation matters:

  • Teck Resources Limited, supported by the Western Grain Elevator Association and the Canadian Canola Growers Association, before the Canadian Transportation Agency in connection with its Consultation on Cost of Capital (2020) and General Purpose Debt (2021)
  • Gibraltar Mines (NYSE/LSE/TSX: TKO) 2020 final offer arbitration vs. Canadian National Railway and 2020 judicial review (amount undisclosed)
  • Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC in connection with its sale of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway to Canadian Pacific Railway (2019)
  • Gibraltar Mines (NYSE/LSE/TSX: TKO) 2018 final offer arbitration vs. Canadian National Railway and 2019 judicial review (amount undisclosed)
  • Teck Coal Limited in connection with a five year rail agreement for shipping of steelmaking coal from Teck’s four B.C. operations from Kamloops to Neptune Terminals and other west coast ports (2019)
  • Teck Resources Limited, supported by the Western Grain Elevator Association, the Canadian Canola Growers Association, the Mining Association of Canada and the Western Canadian Shippers Coalition before the Canadian Transportation Agency in connection with its Consultations on its Regulatory Modernization Initiative (2018) and Approach to Setting Regulated Interswitching Rates (2019)
  • Teck Resources Limited, supported by the Western Grain Elevator Association, the Canadian Canola Growers Association and the Western Canadian Shippers Coalition, before the Canadian Transportation Agency in connection with its Consultation on the Agency Regulatory Costing Model (2017)
  • Teck Resources Limited, supported by the Western Grain Elevator Association and the Canadian Canola Growers Association, before the Canadian Transportation Agency in connection with its Consultation on Capital Structure and Cost of Capital Methodology (2016)
  • Fortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG) in connection with the formation of Central Maine & Québec Railway and purchase of the assets of bankrupt Montreal, Maine & Atlantic railway, following derailment at Lac-Mégantic, Québec (July 6, 2013)
  • Teck Resources Limited, agreement with Westshore Terminals Limited (2012)
  • Teck Resources Limited and affiliates before the Federal Rail Freight Service Review, Transport Canada (2010-2013)
  • Teck Coal vs. Canadian Pacific Railway, final offer arbitrations (May and June 2009)
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Canadian National Railway Company
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Canadian Pacific Railway Company
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Union Pacific Railroad
  • (Not Publicly Disclosed) Numerous negotiations and final offer arbitrations on behalf of bulk shippers (forestry, mining, automotive, mineral and agricultural products) with Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, and others; numerous negotiations with export and domestic cargo terminals

Ryan was also a member of the firm’s regulatory team on the following recent transactions:

  • Paper Excellence in the acquisition of Domtar (NYSE/LSE/TSX:UFS) (US$3 billion) (2021)
  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. In its acquisition of Norbord for approximately C$4 billion (2020/21)
  • Paper Excellence in the acquisition of Catalyst Paper Corporation (amount undisclosed) (2018/19)
  • Aurora Cannabis in acquisition of MedReleaf (C$3.2 billion) (2018)
  • Aurora Cannabis in acquisition of an interest in Alcanna/Liquor Stores NA (C$103 million) (2018)
  • Great Canadian Gaming and Clairvest Equity Partners in acquisition of Ontario Lottery & Gaming West GTA Bundle (C$134 million) (2018)
  • Aurora Cannabis in acquisition of CanniMed (C$1.2 billion) (2017/18)
  • Great Canadian Gaming and Brookfield Business Partners in acquisition of Ontario Lottery & Gaming GTA Bundle (C$170 million) (2017)
  • Waterous Energy Fund (oil & gas) in acquisition of Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. (C$244 million) (2017)
  • Thoma Bravo, LLC, in its acquisition of TRADER Corporation (autoTRADER) (C$1.575 billion) (2016)
  • Tahoe Resources Inc. in its business combination with Lake Shore Gold Corp. (C$945 million) (2016)
  • Great Canadian Gaming in acquisition of Ontario Lottery & Gaming East Bundle (C$51 million) (2015/16)
  • Plentyoffish Media Inc. in its acquisition by The Match.com Group (US$575 million) (2015)
  • The WhiteWave Foods Company acquisition of Sequel Naturals Ltd. (US$550 million) (2015)

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Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Rail & Road
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Rail & Road
  • 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

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Canadian Transportation Research Forum
  • Canadian Transport Lawyers Association

Education & Admissions

2007
Called to the British Columbia bar
2006
LLBUniversity of British Columbia
2000
B.Sc. (Honours), BiochemistryUniversity of British Columbia

Publications

Insights (21 Posts)

Featured Insight

CN Rail Acquires H&R Transport – Competition Analysis

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.

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May 1, 2020
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The Transport Finance Law Review – Edition 6

The Transport Finance Law Review is intended to provide the industry with a guide to transport finance today globally. 

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Apr 29, 2020
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Transport Canada Relaxes Mandatory Off-Duty Time for Truck Drivers Transporting Essential Cargo

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

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Mar 30, 2020
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Don’t Count Your Efficiencies Before They Hatch: Exploring The Factors That Impact A Railway’s Operating Ratio

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

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Jul 22, 2019
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The Transport Finance Law Review – Edition 5

Canadian transportation policy is continuously evolving

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May 10, 2019
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Regulations Implementing theTransportation Modernization Act

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”).

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Apr 11, 2019
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The Transport Finance Law Review – Edition 4

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

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Jun 4, 2018
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Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

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Jun 22, 2017
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Bill C-49: Some Welcome Improvements to Rail Service Level Arbitration

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

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Jun 13, 2017
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Bill C-49: Is the Line Haul Interswitching Remedy Really New?

Regulators Rethink "Best Interest" Standard for Registrants

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May 30, 2017
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Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

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

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May 16, 2017
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Investment Canada Act Threshold Increase – $1 Billion (Cdn)

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increase - $1 Billion (Cdn)

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Apr 12, 2017
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Canadian Transportation Agency Closes Railway Capital Structure Consultation

Canadian Transportation Agency Closes Railway Capital Structure Consultation

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Jan 3, 2017
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The Govt of Canada Extends the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

The Govt of Canada Extends the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

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Aug 23, 2016
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Will the Government of Canada Extend the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act?

Will the Government of Canada Extend the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act?

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Apr 29, 2016
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Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review – Part II (Rail Freight Traffic)

Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review – Part II (Rail Freight Traffic)

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Apr 6, 2016
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Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review

Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review

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Mar 16, 2016
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Update: Safe and Accountable Rail Act Receives Royal Assent

Update: Safe and Accountable Rail Act Receives Royal Assent

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Jun 27, 2015
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Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

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Feb 28, 2015
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Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

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Feb 28, 2015
Featured Insight

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

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Feb 28, 2015