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David Bursey Partner, Energy

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Education & Year of Call 
  • 1991, Called to the Bar, British Columbia
  • 1984, Called to the Bar, Ontario
  • 1982, LL.B., University of Ottawa
  • 1980, B.A., University of Ottawa
  • 1978, B.A., Memorial University of Newfoundland
Bar Location 
  • British Columbia
  • Ontario
Languages 
Memberships 
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Institute of Energy
  • Canadian Water Resource Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association

David Bursey represents clients before federal and provincial regulatory tribunals, including: the National Energy Board on proceedings involving oil and gas pipelines; the British Columbia Utilities Commission on proceedings involving public utilities; and environmental review panels on major project reviews. He advises clients on regulatory, environmental and aboriginal issues related to their ongoing activities.

David represents clients from the energy and natural resource sectors primarily, including national and provincial industry associations. He also acts for First Nations in relation to their aboriginal rights and resource development. David has acted as counsel to government review panels during the environmental review of major projects. David is also counsel to an airline consortium on energy regulatory issues related to aviation fuel transportation and the national marine oil spill emergency response regime.

David is the leader of Bull Housser's Aboriginal Law Group and formerly served on the firm's Executive Committee.

Work Highlights 
  • Advised Federal Review Panel during the environmental assessment of the New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012
  • Advising Rio Tinto Alcan on its First Nations community relations for its BC Operations.
  • Advising Rio Tinto Alcan on the regulatory approvals for its $3.5 billion Kitimat Smelter Modernization and related power supply requirements.
  • Representing Rio Tinto Alcan on litigation related to its operations, including an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada related to the Crown's duty to consult on aboriginal rights.
  • Advising Vancouver Airport Fuel Facility Corporation on energy regulatory issues and First Nations community relations related to aviation fuel delivery to Vancouver International Airport (YVR).  VAFFC is a not-for-profit company owned by a consortium of commercial airlines representing the domestic and international carriers that operate at YVR. 
  • Advising the Gitxsan Treaty Society on various economic development initiatives, aboriginal rights and title litigation, treaty negotiations, self-government and business development structures.
  • Representing Shaw Communications Inc. in a regulatory proceeding before the British Columbia Utilities Commission related to public utility transmission rights of way.
  • Representing Corix Utilities Inc. in regulatory proceedings before the British Columbia Utilities Commission related to alternative energy service regulation.
  • Advising Columbia Power Corporation on environmental and public utility regulatory matters related to their hydropower projects.
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized leading lawyer in the area of Aboriginal Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Rated Consistently Recommended in the area of Energy (Electricity and Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Energy (Oil & Gas)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized leading lawyer in the areas of Aborignal Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law
  • LexisNexis - Martindale-Hubbell: BV Peer Review Rated

Chambers Global 2014 ranks Bull Housser

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Bull Housser advises Federal Review Panel on New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project

Bull Housser was counsel to the Federal Review Panel during the environmental assessment of the New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.

Best Lawyers Recognizes 32 Bull Housser Lawyers

32 lawyers named Best Lawyers in Canada 2014.

LEXPERT - 2013 Canadian Legal Directory - 17 Bull Housser Lawyers ranked across a wide range of practice areas

Bull Housser is proud to announce that 17 of the firm's lawyers have been ranked across 17 practice areas for a total of 27 individual rankings in the 2013 Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory.

Chambers Global Ranks Bull Housser in the Areas of Aboriginal Law, Dispute Resolution, Projects and Shipping and Ranks Ten Individual Lawyers

Bull Housser is pleased to announce that ten of its lawyers have been ranked in the 2013 edition of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Bull Housser acts for Prince Rupert Port Authority on the proposed Canpotex potash terminal

The proposed Canpotex potash terminal project has been given the go ahead from the Canadian Environment Minister, Peter Kent.

Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 - 31 Bull Housser Lawyers Recognized in 29 Practice Areas

We are proud to announce that 31 of the firm's lawyers have been named to the list of the Best Lawyers in Canada 2013, a 20% increase over last year's rankings.

Bull Housser Congratulates the newly re-elected National Chief of the AFN

Bull Housser would like to congratulate Shawn A-in-chut Atleo on his re-election as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

David Bursey publishes article in The Vancouver Sun discussing energy choices and their impact on water

Bull Housser partner, David Bursey, published the article entitled "Our energy choices have an inevitable impact on water" in the June 25, 2012 edition of "Issues &a

LEXPERT - 2012 Canadian Legal Directory - 18 Bull Housser Lawyers ranked across a wide-range of practice areas

Bull Housser is proud to announce that 18 of the firm's lawyers have been ranked across 18 practice areas for a total of 32 individual rankings in the 2012 Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory, a 33% i

David Bursey publishes online article in The Vancouver Sun discussing the duty to consult

Bull Housser partner, David Bursey, published the article entitled "The duty to consult: What does it really mean?

Bull Housser Acts for Rio Tinto Alcan on $3.5 Billion Kitimat Smelter Modernization Project

Bull Housser acts for Rio Tinto Alcan in connection with its $3.5 billion smelter modernization project.  The Kitimat modernization project will increase the smelter’s current production capacity b

David Bursey Quoted in Canadian Lawyer Magazine regarding Aboriginal Relations with Companies in Canada

David Bursey, Partner and Leader of Bull Housser & Tupper’s First Nations Group is quoted in Canadian Lawyer’s Legal Report: Aboriginal Law, "Minding the Business of First Nations," published in the February 2012 issue. David spoke with interviewer Jennifer Brown on the challenges facing businesses and First Nations as they collaborate on economic development in the midst of unresolved aboriginal rights and title claims.

David Bursey Publishes Article in LEXPERT/ALM 500 Guide

Bull, Housser & Tupper Partner David Bursey is the author of “Aboriginal Rights in Canada: Doing Business with the Third Order of Government”, an article published in the 2012 LEXPERT/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

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