Richard Gushue, QC Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1982 - Alberta

Primary phone: +1 403-298-1966

Fax: +1 403-263-9193


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Primary office:  Calgary

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Richard Gushue, QC

Richard (Rick) Gushue is a partner in Gowling WLG's Calgary office and a member of the firm’s Oil & Gas Group.

Routinely distinguished as a leader in his field by Best Lawyers in Canada, Rick has significant experience in all aspects of oil and gas law, with an emphasis on acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, title reviews and other transactional due diligence.

Over the course of his career, Rick has worked extensively in the midstream area, particularly in relation to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. He is especially well-versed in the areas of storage, transportation, processing and other facility contracts.

Notably, Rick's work in oil and gas is not limited to the traditional boundaries of the Canadian oil patch. His sophisticated knowledge of the business and regulatory climates in Canada’s Arctic and Maritime regions, in particular, has made him a valuable resource to domestic and international clients alike. He also has in-depth experience with U.S. leases, operating agreements, royalty arrangements and sale and conveyancing practices, as well as with a number of international production agreements.

Rick complements his oil and gas background with a strong foundation in Indigenous law. He has considerable experience with Treaty Land Entitlement and Specific Claim matters and has negotiated numerous oil and gas joint venture agreements with First Nations.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Rick served as a partner at the Calgary office of another national law firm. He is also a past chair and executive of the Canadian Bar Association's Natural Resources Section (Southern Alberta Branch).

Outside of his practice, Rick has contributed his time to a number of professional and community groups over the years.

Career & Recognition

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Representative Work

  • Assisted a Calgary-based public exploration and development company with the 2018 sale of its Quebec oil and gas assets
  • Counsel to Gryphon Petroleum Corp. on the 2018 sale of its sweet light oil property in the Trout area of northern Alberta
  • Counsel to Prairie Provident Resources Canada Ltd. on its 2017 purchase of certain oil and gas assets in the Greater Red Earth area of northern Alberta for $41 million
  • Counsel to Clearview Resources Ltd. on its 2017 purchase of certain oil and gas asets in the Pembina area of Alberta for $20,100,001
  • Counsel to Clearview Resources Ltd. on its 2017 purchase of certain oil and gas assets in the Wilson Creek area of Alberta for $11,355,000
  • Lead oil & gas counsel to Imaginea Energy Inc. in completing its purchase of Pengrowth Energy Corporation's Jenner, Alberta assets for a total consideration of $80 million
  • Lead oil & gas counsel to Imaginea Energy Inc. in completing its purchase of Crew Energy Inc.'s Princess, Alberta assets for a total consideration of $150 million
  • Lead oil & gas counsel to Monolith Energy Partners LLC in acquiring all of the shares of Aduro Resources Ltd. along with certain securities from treasury
  • Counsel to Coastal GasLink Pipeline West B.C. Limited Partnership and Coastal GasLink Pipeline East B.C. Limited Partnership (both TransCanada partnerships) in negotiating certain financial assurances with shippers in connection with the construction, ownership and operation of the proposed Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project, as well as providing certain tax advice and general commercial support
  • Counsel to Manitok Energy Inc. in completing the sale of certain oil and gas assets in the Central Alberta Foothills for gross proceeds of $22.85 million
  • Counsel to WestMan Exploration Ltd. in the negotiation of a Financial Investment and Equalization Agreement with NAL Resources Limited pursuant to which NAL agreed to spend up to $17.5 million on drilling activities in two earning phases on WestMan's Southwest Manitoba lands to develop the Spearfish-Amaranth light oil play in the Pierson and Waskada areas
  • Counsel to Shoal Point Energy Ltd. in the negotiation of a Farmout Agreement with Black Spruce Exploration Corp., a subsidiary of Foothills Capital Corp., providing for the continued exploration and development of approximately 720,000 gross acres of Green Point “oil-in-shale” rights in offshore west Newfoundland
  • Lead outside counsel to TransCanada Corporation with respect to its proposed $5 billion Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project with Progress Energy Canada Ltd. (the successor by amalgamation of PETRONAS Carigali Canada Ltd. and Progress Energy Resources Corp.)
  • Lead counsel to TransCanada Corporation in respect of a $210 million transaction whereby TransCanada acquired BP's 40% interest in the assets of the Crossfield Gas Storage facility, as well as BP's interest in CrossAlta Gas Storage & Services Ltd., an official marketing joint venture between the two companies
  • Assisted TransCanada Corporation with the negotiation of the South Grand Rapids Construction, Ownership and Operating Agreement between Keyera and Grand Rapids Pipeline Limited Partnership
  • Lead counsel for a public exploration and development company on four acquisitions, a $120 million Alberta oil sands asset deal, a $93 million Saskatchewan asset deal, a $37.6 million Alberta/Saskatchewan asset deal and a $118.9 million share purchase
  • Oversaw the title due diligence conducted in relation to a heavy oil acquisition for just under $1 billion and a $70 million property swap
  • Negotiated a farmout and joint venture between an Alberta First Nation and a private exploration and production company
  • Lead counsel for a private exploration and production company in a series of sales pursuant to which it disposed of most its Canadian oil and gas properties for proceeds in excess of $1 billion
  • Negotiated various purchase and joint venture arrangements for a U.K.-based client in several American states
  • Negotiated offshore and onshore Newfoundland and Labrador farmout and operating arrangements
  • Negotiated a joint venture and participation arrangement and a farmout agreement for a Québec-based client involving Québec mineral interests
  • Assisted with the documentation related to the purchase and conversion of a depleted reservoir to a gas storage facility
  • Lead counsel on the purchase of an interest in a pre-existing ethane extraction plant for an adjusted purchase price of approximately $42.5 million
  • Negotiated a long-term non-tariff-based gas storage arrangement
  • Assisted with the joint venture, ownership and operating documentation related to the construction of a new ethane extraction plant
  • Lead counsel on related purchase and sale transactions involving the acquisition of two natural gas pipelines and eight natural gas gathering and processing systems for an aggregate pre‑adjusted cash consideration of approximately $114 million, and negotiated long-term transportation, gathering and processing arrangements as part of the transaction
  • Lead counsel for a First Nation in negotiating replacement mineral and surface dispositions with the federal and Alberta governments and numerous oil companies in conjunction with the creation of the reserves contemplated in a Treaty Settlement Agreement
  • Lead counsel on the sale of midstream facilities to a variety of purchasers for proceeds of more than $400 million
  • Served as outside counsel for a public partnership on the purchase of four pipelines from an affiliate
  • Assisted Indian Oil and Gas Canada develop a standard form mineral permit
  • Lead counsel on the purchase of numerous midstream assets for a large and diversified energy services business
  • Negotiated the construction, ownership, operating, gathering, processing, transportation, sales, distribution and management documentation associated with the first Canadian commercial natural gas development project north of the Arctic Circle
  • Acted for a US bank selling Saskatchewan potash interests