Josh Jantzi is a partner in Gowling WLG's Calgary and Vancouver offices, practising in the Advocacy Group. As regulatory and litigation counsel, he has practised in Indigenous, environmental, transportation, constitutional, municipal and other administrative law for 13 years with a focus on energy and natural resource development. Josh has represented energy and mining companies in precedent-setting cases in the regulatory review and environmental assessment spaces, most notably before the Supreme Court of Canada in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc., 2017 SCC 41.
Josh was called to the bars of Ontario and Alberta in 2006 after serving as judicial law clerk to the Hon. Mr. Justice M.A. Kelen (Federal Court, Ottawa). Since then, Josh has presented cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of court in British Columbia and Alberta, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada, the National Energy Board, Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, Subdivision and Development Appeals Boards (SDABs), and other municipal authorities. He has also advised on proceedings before the Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Natural Resources Conservation Board, BC Environmental Assessment Office, BC Oil and Gas Commission, BC Utilities Commission, and BC Environmental Appeal Board.
Josh's regulatory practice includes development, review and assessment of energy and natural resource projects including pipelines, upstream PNG production, LNG facilities, biogas and RNG facilities, hydro power plants, fracking operations and gas plants, wind farms, solar farms, marine terminals and shipping, water diversion works, open pit mines, forest product facilities, and waste management facilities.
Josh's Indigenous law practice includes legal challenges to government decisions grounded in the Crown's duty to consult and accommodate regarding adverse impacts on asserted and proven Treaty and Aboriginal rights and title. Josh also acts in matters of treaties and land claim agreements, consultation protocols, impact and benefit agreements, application of the Indian Act and Indian Oil and Gas Act, governance issues, and customary Indigenous laws.
Josh's environmental law practice includes environmental and impact assessment, land and water use, management of contaminated sites, the protection of species at risk, cultural heritage, transportation of goods, waste management, and prosecuting and defending against enforcement and related legal proceedings.
Josh's municipal law practice includes development, land use, assessment, licence and expropriation matters, and drafting legislation. He has presented these matters before municipal councils, SDABs, municipal government boards, other local regulators, and before the Courts.
Josh's civil litigation and arbitration practice includes contract, tort and IP disputes spanning the energy, construction, aviation, telecommunications, infrastructure and PPP industry sectors. He maintains a significant practice litigating matters before the Federal Courts.
Josh has instructed the University of Calgary Faculty of Law full credit Aboriginal Law course for several years and serves as a guest instructor of the law school's North American Energy Law, Transportation Law, and Negotiation courses.
Josh is an officer of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA)'s National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law section (Vice Chair), and sits on the executive of the National Aboriginal Law and Administrative Law sections. He is an officer of the CBA Alberta Administrative law section (Treasurer) and Aboriginal Law section (Legislative Review). Josh represents the practicing bar on the Federal Court of Appeal and Federal Court Bench and Bar Committee.