Ray Chartier

Senior Partner, Canadian Co-Head of Responsible Business and Sustainability
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Ray Chartier

Ray Chartier



Ray Chartier practises commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, focusing on matters involving the energy industry, major infrastructure projects and the transportation sector. He also advises a broad range of clients on indigenous law issues, and on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, regulation and compliance issues. Ray's clients include project proponents, financial institutions and other stakeholders.

Over the years, Ray has been involved in pipeline applications before the National Energy Board, rate proceedings and various other applications before provincial regulators, and with environmental review panels assessing proposed pipeline projects and related facilities. He regularly advises energy industry clients concerning the duty to consult in the context of resource development, as well as on Aboriginal and treaty rights issues. Ray has represented clients involved in major energy and infrastructure projects, including oil sands development, pipelines and renewable energy projects.

Ray also has considerable experience representing governments and corporations in litigation and judicial review proceedings specifically involving indigenous claims relating to developing, managing and regulating oil and gas and other major infrastructure projects and facilities within Canada. Ray also represents clients in rail regulatory matters and disputes, and has represented clients at all levels of the courts in Alberta as well as at the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal.

Professional experience

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LL.B., University of Victoria, 1994
B.A., University of Calgary, 1991
  • Alberta 1996

Clients Mr. Chartier is acting for or has acted on behalf of include:

  • The federal Crown in the Federal Court of Canada in an action brought by four First Nations claiming damages in excess of $1 billion, focusing on oil- and gas-related claims
  • The Crown in right of the United Kingdom in defending multi-billion dollar historic native-rights claim in New Brunswick also brought against the Canadian and provincial governments
  • An oil and gas company in relation to a dispute regarding issues related to heavy oil production
  • Numerous oil and gas companies in matters related to consultation with indigenous and project development
  • The proponents of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Project through advising on various regulatory and environmental compliance issues throughout the application and hearing processes
  • The federal Crown in a treaty land entitlement dispute involving competing claims to significant natural resources
  • Major oil and gas companies in all matters of dispute including oil and gas, joint venture, pipeline construction and marketing disputes
  • Acted in arbitrations regarding general commercial matters, royalty and operational disputes within the energy industry
  • Advising financial institutions on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, with a focus on the rights and interests of indigenous peoples
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Aboriginal Law, 2020-2023, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2024
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2020, 2022: recommended in Aboriginal Law
  • Canadian Bar Association (executive member of the Aboriginal Law Subsection, 2008-present)
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Carya Society of Calgary, board of directors (chair)