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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

New Administrative Penalties under BC’s Environmental Management Act and Integrated Pest Management Act

Effective June 23, 2014, new administrative penalties may be issued for breaches of certain provisions of British Columbia’s Environmental Management Act, the Integrated Pest Management Act, and permits issued under these Acts.

David Bursey quoted in Lexpert Magazine

David Bursey is quoted in the story "Pipeline Anger Mounts" found in the July / August 2014 edition of Lexpert Magazine.

Tsilhqot'in v. British Columbia: The outcome and the implications

On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in William v. British Columbia, a landmark case on Aboriginal rights and title involving the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s claim for Aboriginal title to over 4,000 km2 of land west of Williams Lake in British Columbia.

David Bursey quoted in various publications regarding the Tsilhqot’in Decision

David Bursey is quoted in several articles surrounding the recent Tsilhqot'in v. British Columbia decision.

David Bursey quoted in the National Post

David Bursey is quoted in the article "The elephant in the room: First Nations issues" found in the Energy section of the June 16, 2014 edition of the National Post.

LEXPERT - 2014 Canadian Legal Directory - 19 Bull Housser Lawyers ranked across 19 practice areas

We are proud to announce that 19 of the firm's lawyers have been ranked across 19 practice areas for a total of 31 individual rankings in the 2014 Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory.

David Bursey quoted in Lexpert Magazine

David Bursey is quoted in the article "Western Firms Jockey for LNG" found in the May 2014 edition of Lexpert.

David Bursey to present at the 14th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Clean Water and Stormwater

David Bursey will be presenting "Columbia River Treaty Renegotiation: Is it a Potential Game Changer for Water Flows?" at the 14th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Clean Water and Stormwater presented by Law Seminars International.

Chambers Global 2014 ranks Bull Housser

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David Bursey to present at the Affinity Institute

David Bursey will be presenting "The Significance and Implications of the Tsilhqot'in Decision" on September 26, 2014 at Simon Fraser University on behalf of the Affinity Institute.

Supreme Court of Canada grants declaration of aboriginal title to Tsilhqot'in First Nation

This morning the Supreme Court of Canada released its landmark decision on the Tsilhqot'in land claim to roughly 4,000 km2 of land west of Williams Lake, BC.

David Bursey and Matthew Keen publish article in Business in Vancouver

David Bursey and Matthew Keen published the article "Policy challenges affecting LNG investment in BC" featured in the Mining and Energy section of the May 19, 2014 edition of Business in Vancouver.

David Bursey quoted in online edition of Canadian Lawyer Magazine

David Bursey is quoted in the article "Burnaby’s right to deny emergency services in oil spill ‘doubtful’" featured in the May 15, 2014 online edition of Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

Shelley Chapelski and David Bursey to present at the Northern Regions Mining Summit

Shelley Chapelski and David Bursey will both be presenting at the Northern Regions Mining Summit on May 28-30, 2014 in Vancouver.

Aboriginal Update with David Bursey

Register for this Spotlight on Professional Development seminar here.

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