Matthew D. Keen

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Matthew D. Keen

Matthew D. Keen

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Biography

Matt Keen is an energy regulatory lawyer who practices in the inter-related areas of energy law, environmental assessment and permitting, tolls and tariffs, and issues concerning Indigenous peoples. He appears before tribunals such as the British Columbia Utilities Commission, Environmental Appeal Board, Alberta Utilities Commission, and the National Energy Board of Canada.

Matt has extensive experience with major industrial facility applications and the associated environmental assessment and permitting processes – most notably pipeline and powerline transmission facilities, upstream hydrocarbon developments, and downstream LNG infrastructure. He has participated in environmental assessment, joint review panel, and Royal Commission processes on behalf of major pipeline, energy and large industrial proponents.

He has also represented clients in a broad spectrum of toll and tariff proceedings concerning electricity, natural gas and crude oil pipelines, in BC, Alberta and Ontario.  He has acted for pipeline shippers and major industrial electricity customers, as well as utilities and energy trading companies. Before joining us in 2011, Matt practiced at a prominent national law firm in Calgary for five years, and clerked at the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench as part of his articles. He also briefly worked for a large oil and gas producer before law school and holds an undergraduate chemical engineering degree.


Professional experience

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LL.B / BCL, McGill University, 2005
B.A.Sc., University of Ottawa, 2002

  • Alberta 2006
  • British Columbia 2011

Matters in which Matt has acted include:

  • Advising an electric distribution utility, district energy provider, electric vehicle charging network developer, and several government agencies concerning a variety of energy regulation issues
  • Environmental assessment and natural gas export licence proceedings for a major LNG proponent in BC
  • Advising a variety of energy customers and service providers concerning LNG developments and associated transactions
  • Advising an industry consortium in its application for federal and provincial environmental assessment authorizations for a greenfield liquid hydrocarbon pipeline and marine terminal
  • Participation and appearances in electricity transmission line facility applications before the Alberta and British Columbia Utility Commissions and the Ontario Energy Board on behalf of, variously, industrial customers and a major transmission utility
  • Participation and appearances in natural gas pipeline facility applications before the National Energy Board on behalf of a major pipeline company
  • Appearances before environmental and energy regulators concerning emissions permits, contaminated sites and water rights issues
  • Appearances in revenue requirement and rate design proceedings for natural gas and electricity utilities on behalf of customer groups in BC and Alberta
  • Participation and appearances in crude oil pipeline toll and tariff proceedings before the NEB and BCUC on behalf of shippers

 

 

  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Energy - Power (Regulatory), Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • Chambers Canada, British Columbia:  Energy - Provincial Regulatory and Litigation, Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • The Legal 500 Canada: Energy: Power (Next Generation Lawyer), 2019
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017-2019: recommended in Energy (Electricity); 2016-2019: recommended in Energy (Oil & Gas)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy Regulatory Law (2017, 2016)
  • Canadian Bar Association
    • Administrative, Environmental, Natural Resources, Aboriginal law sections
  • Vancouver Bar Association