John Hurley is a partner in Gowling WLG's Montréal office and leader of the Montréal Indigenous Law Group. He has more than 30 years' experience in public and business law, with special emphasis on First Nations, government relations, energy and infrastructure, environmental law, regulatory matters and international development.
John has long worked with Aboriginal peoples in Québec, especially the Cree and the Inuit, on a wide variety of matters, including government relations, energy and natural resources, environmental assessment, local and regional government, health, education, taxation, economic development and general commercial matters. He has advised both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients on partnerships and collaboration agreements in the context of energy and resource projects.
In energy matters, John has assisted commercial clients for 20 years with the development and execution of energy generation projects, including wind, hydroelectric, biomass, cogeneration and thermal projects. He has acted for clients with respect to power purchase agreements, interconnection matters, regulatory and tariff matters, joint ventures and partnerships, project agreements, site acquisition, environmental assessments and government relations. He has also represented clients in environmental assessment procedures relating to large northern hydroelectric projects.
John has directed technical assistance projects in Eastern Europe related to international trade, civil law revision and judicial reform.
He practises law in English and French.