Thomas J. Timmins
Thomas J. Timmins is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. He is widely recognized as a leading lawyer in energy, P3 project development, infrastructure and commercial transactions. Tom has led several of the firm's most significant power and infrastructure sector transactions and acts regularly for a wide range of corporations, investors, governments and financial institutions around the world.
In his commercial practice, Tom leads mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, financings, partnerships and joint ventures across a range of industries, including energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, resources and finance. He has acted for investors and financiers in project finance transactions, capital financings, technology licensing transactions, project co-development agreements, EPC contracting, PPA contract negotiations and strategic alliance formation in distributed energy, solar, energy storage, demand response and micro-grid technology projects. He has also acted for governments and government agencies on P3 procurements, electrification strategy development and renewable energy procurement.
Tom serves as leader of Gowling WLG's China Initiative and as chair of Gowling WLG's Global Renewable Energy Practice Group. He also serves as chair of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and as a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Greenhouse Gas Protocol Working Group.
He also serves on a number of public, private and social sector boards, is a regular speaker and law school lecturer on energy and infrastructure, appears regularly in national and international news media and has been quoted in such leading news sources such as The Economist, Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, World Journal, BNN and Canadian Business.
Tom's recent media coverage includes:
- "Power shift: A new dawn for solar energy," The Globe and Mail, Feb. 25, 2017
- "Why Trump presidency could be good for Ontario renewables growth," BNN, Feb. 14, 2017
- "Solar's tipping point," BNN, June 16, 2016
- "Energy storage industry sees rapid growth," The Globe and Mail, June 7, 2016
- "Britain, Nova Scotia cut subsidies to green energy over cost concerns," The Globe and Mail, Sept. 6, 2015
- "Ruling says Chinese solar panels pose risk to Canadian industry," The Globe and Mail, July 6, 2015
- "Canadian Solar Inc poised to take off as global demand rises," Financial Post, Apr. 29, 2015
- "Australia rules Chinese solar panel dumping not harming local industry," The Globe and Mail, Apr. 7, 2015
- "Imported Chinese solar panels to be subject to stiff duties in Canada," The Globe and Mail, Mar. 6, 2015
- "Canadians suddenly racing not to squander head start in Cuba," Financial Post, Jan. 30, 2015
Tom's community involvement includes:
- University of Windsor Law School - adjunct professor, "Infrastructure Law in Canada" course
- Canadian Solar Industries Association - chair, federal caucus
- Parkdale Community Information Centre - director (2005-2006)
- Toronto Children's Own Museum - member, board of trustees (2003-2009), chair (2007-2008)
- West Toronto RailPath - co-founder and chair
- Toronto BikeShare - founding committee member