Thomas J. Timmins Partner Leader - Energy Sector Group (Canada)


Speaks:  English

Primary phone: +1 416-369-6689

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

E-Mail: thomas.timmins@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto



Thomas J. Timmins

Thomas J. Timmins is a corporate-commercial lawyer based in Canada with an international practice focused primarily on energy, infrastructure, renewables, energy storage, and demand response technologies.

He typically supports project developers, investors, component manufacturers, utilities, and government agencies managing complex project contracts and project delivery challenges. With more than 20 years of experience in renewable energy project development, including in connection with projects across the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia, Tom is sought after for his intimate knowledge of the sector and his ability to help get projects across the finish line.  

He is particularly valued for his ability to combine technical legal skills and project contracting experience with a deep understanding of the rapidly-changing commercial and public policy realities of the sector, as well as for a profoundly practical, common-sense approach to getting large projects done.

In his corporate-commercial practice, Tom serves as principal counsel to leading energy project developers, turbine, battery and panel suppliers, investors, financiers, and governmental agencies around the world. More recently, he has been heavily engaged in the development of corporate PPA's, power-to-x initiatives, peak-shaving, BTM battery and on-site generation projects, EV charging infrastructure, and successful hydrogen and renewable fuel ventures.

He has served twice as chair of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (now CanREA), and presently serves as a member of the Energy Committee of the Toronto Board of Trade, as a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University, and as a member of the Board of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation.

He is a regular speaker and law school lecturer (Infrastructure, P3's and Project Finance), appears regularly in international news media, and has been quoted in such leading news sources as the Economist Intelligence Unit, The Globe and Mail, Financial Post, World Journal, BNN, and Canadian Business.

Tom leads Gowling WLG Canada's Energy Sector Group, while also serving as a member of the firm’s China Executive Leadership Team, and as chief representative for Gowling WLG Canada in Beijing. He is also a member of the Toronto office's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council, and sits on the firm's External Management Committee.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Member, Corporate Governance Committee
  • Cambridge Club - Member
  • Canada's Venture Capital Association
  • Canadian Corporate Counsel Association - Director, Toronto Chapter (2002-2008)
  • Candian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), Chair
  • Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
  • Canada Africa Power Alliance (CAPA)

Articles

Client Events

2016

  • Energy Innovator's Breakfast Series -four very well-received roundtable breakfasts aimed at positioning Gowling WLG's technology, innovation and IP law capabilities in Canada's fast evolving energy innovation sector held in Q3-Q4
  • EUCI Energy Law Seminar -a two day seminar lead with EUCI, creating speaking opportunities for other partners and associates
  • Planned and hosted "One Belt One Road -Demystified" -Canada's first conference event on China's massive One Belt One Road infrastructure initiative
  • Hosted Gowling WLG's first outward facing Chinese New Year Event -building off of work done in 2016 to recognize the festival at the firm
  • Hosted Women in Renewable Energy Wine Tasting Event in conjunction with CanSIA (with the unhesitating and able support of Michael Watson)
  • Levered relationship with Canadian consular officials in China to develop and support a P3 delegation from China to Canada (leading to launch of Canada China Infrastructure Alliance)
  • Hosted Chinese P3 delegation at Toronto office
  • Commenced P3 training of Chinese officials with Canadian Government in China (now continuing in 2018 together with UK colleagues)
  • Planned and hosted UK Election Breakfast at Toronto office with British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce
  • Spoke on behalf of the Canadian Government at Caribbean Renewable Energy Finance Forum
  • Spoke on behalf of UK Government at P3 Luncheon

2015

  • Client luncheon with U.S. Ambassador, Bruce Heyman, (Montreal, February)
  • Client breakfast event with Toronto Mayor John Tory (Toronto, October) (see news coverage in the Globe & Mail and on CP24)
  • Client luncheon, entitled "Business Integrity and Director's Liability Round Table" (Toronto, May)
  • Client breakfast with UK Counsel General, Kevin McGurgan, Globe & Mail publisher, Philip Crawley, event, "UK Election 2015, What Does It Mean for the UK, Europe & Canada?" (Toronto, May)
  • Client luncheon with Canadian Ambassador to Cuba entitled, "The New Cuba Equation: The Cuban Economy, Canada's Opportunity and America's New Place" (Toronto, January) (see news coverage for Gowlings in Financial Post)
  • Gowling WLG participation in Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynn's Clean-Tech trade mission to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong (October)
  • Client participation in Queen's Park Day, organized by CanSIA (May, Toronto)
  • Client participation in small Energy Storage Dinner Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray and Annette Verschuren (July, Toronto)
  • EUCI: Construction Contracting for Canadian Power & Energy Projects (October, Toronto) (Betts, Stanek, Carew)
  • Windsor Law - once again, I led the Canadian Infrastructure Law Course

Previous speaking engagements

electric vehicle at charging station On-demand webinar
22 Oktober 2021 Energy Innovators Roundtable Series | Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in the Ontario Energy Sector CLE/CPD:1.5 hours of EDI Professionalism credits with the LSO, 1.5 hours of Practice Management credit with the LSBC, and may be eligible for up to 1.5 hours of CPD/CLE credits in other jurisdictions

Representative Work

Tom's recent experience includes:

  • Counsel to Panasonic Canada in connection with solar and renewable energy project matters;
  • Representing Rainy River First Nations in regard to various strategic matters;
  • Representing to Alectra on microgrid and energy storage project development matters;
  • Litigation counsel to China Exim Bank;
  • Representing Shanghai Electric Power T&D Engineering Co. and Shanghai Electric Investment (China) Ltd. regarding general legal and project finance matters pertaining to the investment in and construction of a 50 mw solar power project;
  • Representing the Town of Ajax in respect of the merger of Veridian Corporation and Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation to form Elexicon Corporation;
  • Counsel to CITIC Capital Silk Road Fund regarding prospective asset acquisition;
  • Counsel to Bermuda Land Development Corporation in respect of procurement matters relating to the proposed redevelopment of lands and port facilities at Ships Wharf, Bermuda;
  • Advising IFC with respect to solar project development and project finance matters in Mongolia;
  • Counsel to NRG regarding various corporate, commercial and regulatory matters in Canada;
  • Counsel to Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada II L.P. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in connection with their acquisition and financing of a 100% equity interest in three ground-mounted solar photovoltaic projects from Recurrent Energy;
  • Counsel to Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada II L.P. in connection with its acquisition and financing of a 100% equity interest in two ground-mounted solar voltaic projects with a peak capacity of 22 MW from Recurrent Energy;
  • Representing TransAlta in respect of proposed renewable energy project acquisition matters in Canada;
  • Lead counsel on the successful closing of an Ontario Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program equity finance loan made in respect of FIT-contracted assets;
  • Acting as special advisory counsel to the Government of Bermuda in respect of renewable energy procurement, planning, energy storage, demand response and general energy regulatory matters;
  • Advising Rainy River First Nations in regard to its acquisition of three Ontario Feed-in Tariff contracted solar projects in northern Ontario and the procurement of both project finance and equity finance;
  • Representing Genesis Solar in relation to numerous project development and finance matters;
  • Representing Saturn Power in regard to solar and energy storage project development matters in Turkey and in Canada;
  • Counsel to Next Era in relation to the proposed acquisition of large-scale wind project assets in the Province of Quebec;
  • Representing Axio Power Canada Inc. in respect of the sale of nine Ontario Feed-in Tariff contracted solar projects to SunEdison;
  • Advising the Carbon War Room on renewable energy procurement and island energy systems matters;
  • Acting on behalf of Mainstream Renewable Power in the development of wind energy projects in Latin America;
  • Advising Hydrostor Inc. in respect of corporate and commercial matters pertaining to pneumatic storage technology;
  • Advising a major cold-storage solution provider in respect of contractual matters pertaining to Ontario's Demand Response Pilot Program (DR3);
  • Advising the Government of Barbados in relation to the proposed development of the Mangrove Pond Energy Facility, consisting of solar, wind and waste-to-energy generation;
  • Representing the Bank of Montreal in respect of the financing of wind-energy projects located in Ontario;
  • Advising Northwind Solutions in respect of legal matters pertaining to operation service contracting in North American wind energy and solar energy markets;
  • Representing tier-1 solar panel manufacturers in relation to operational matters in the Ontario solar market;
  • Advising AIM PowerGen on various corporate, commercial and regulatory matters pertaining to the development and finance of Canada's first utility scale, commercial wind farm.