Sean Ralph Photo
Sean Ralph Photo
Sean Ralph Photo

Sean Ralph is a partner in our Energy and Regulatory group. Sean is a senior lawyer with areas of expertise in upstream domestic and international oil and gas transactions and major infrastructure and construction projects. He has a wide breadth of in-house experience, having served as general counsel, senior legal counsel, and board of director, both in Canada and internationally. With over 20 years’ experience working on some of the largest energy projects in North America, Sean has significant expertise working on complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and new business development transactions in Canada, the United States and internationally. In addition, Sean brings a unique perspective having acted for both project proponents and for EPC companies.

Representative Matters

  • While working in The Hague, Sean was lead counsel on and completed numerous complex international upstream transactions including mergers, acquisitions and divestments, production sharing agreements, joint venture agreements, border dispute issues, MOU’s, concession and service agreements.
  • Extensive international energy law experience through roles with Sasol Limited (a South African international integrated energy company) and Royal Dutch Shell.

Speaking Engagements

Canadian institute of Quantity Surveyors, Construction Adjudication Symposium (2020)

Global Energy Summit, Washington, DC (2019)

“Coming to America meets Out of Africa”, 66th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference, Houston, 2015

“Energy Law Fundamentals”, Canadian Energy Law Foundation Seminar, 2013

“Canadian Oil Sands”, Shell International Legal Group Seminar Series, 2010

Teaching Engagements

  • Judge, University of Calgary Law Student Negotiation Competition (2013 & 2018)
  • Member of Organizing Committee, Shell Monthly Internal Lawyers Training Program (2008 – 2011)
  • Law Student Mentor, Canadian Bar Association (2005-2008, 2013-2015, 2018-2019)


Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2023) as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy Law
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada: Energy Law, 2021
  • Innovation Award – Canadian Lawyer In-House, Best Practices in Compliance Systems, 2014
  • The Lawyer, In-house Commerce and Industry Team of the Year, 2011

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Member, Canadian Energy Law Foundation
  • Member, International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Vice-Chair, Construction Section, Canadian Bar Association, Southern Alberta (2007 – 2008)
  • Member of Organizing Committee, National Canadian Bar Association Construction Law Conference (2008)

Education & Admissions

Called to the Alberta Bar
LawUniversity of New Brunswick
U.S Legal StudiesThomas M. Cooley Law School
BA (Hons.), Political ScienceYork University
St. Andrews College

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Alberta’s Prompt Payment And Construction Lien Act In Force Since August 29, 2022: What You Need To Know (Consolidated)

Alberta’s Prompt Payment and Construction Lien Act in Force Since August 29, 2022: What You Need to Know (Consolidated)

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Aug 31, 2022
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Upcoming Changes to the B.C. Oil and Gas Royalty Framework

Oil and natural gas producers that access and develop publicly owned resources in BC must pay either a royalty or a freehold production tax to the Province.

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Jun 8, 2022