The focus of Grant Sprague's practice is three-fold: he provides strategic and practical advice to clients on a broad range of natural resource and environmental law matters. Second, he provides advice on administrative law matters both to those who appear before tribunals as well as to tribunals themselves. This work includes applications for judicial review. Third, he provides strategic advice to clients engaged in regulatory and other processes involving government. With over 25 years of experience, Grant brings multiple perspectives and insights to assist clients navigating through the complexity of the regulatory systems.
Grant has provided legal advice on a wide variety of issues in the natural resources field and environment. His experience includes:
Natural resource regulatory system and policy development: developing and overseeing regulatory systems, integrating natural resource policy with competing interests and goals.
Environmental assessment: developing reviews, consulting with stakeholders, and achieving the requirements of federal and provincial regulators.
Regulatory approvals and enforcement: creating of conditions of approvals, contaminated sites, remediation and reclamation, regulatory appeals and responding to compliance and enforcement matters.
Regulatory advocacy: appearing and advising regulatory tribunals in Alberta and appearing before all levels of courts in Alberta.
Grant served as the Deputy Minister of Energy for Alberta from July 2013 to May 2016, with responsibility for energy development, market access and electricity policy. Grant co-led the Deputy Ministers’ Working Group on the Canadian Energy Strategy and had oversight of the 2015 Royalty Review. Earlier, Grant served as head of the Policy Coordination Office of Executive Council and as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Alberta Justice responsible for Civil law matters.
With Alberta Justice, Grant provided legal advice and representation to Alberta government departments on a full range of environmental matters under provincial legislation including the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Water Act, the Forests Act and the Public Lands Act.
Grant is a Senior Fellow with the C.D. Howe Institute and a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta School of Business.
Professional achievements & leadership
- Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2010
- Deputy Minister of Energy for Alberta, 2013
- Deputy Chief, Policy Coordination Office, Executive Council of Alberta, 2011
- Assistant Deputy Minister, Legal Services, Alberta Justice, February 2009
- Director Environment Law, Alberta Justice, 2003
- Speaker, What’s at Stake? The Challenges Facing Resource Sector Investment in Canada, C.D. Howe, March 2019
- Cooperative Community Development Conference Speaker Drayton Valley, December 2018
- Preparation of an Intelligence Memo for C.D. Howe Institute on Bill C-69, November 2018
- Presentation on Bill C-69 to the Consulting Engineers in Edmonton and Calgary, November 2018
- Host, CFWE Radio “Ask The Lawyer”, May and November 2018
- Chair of Legal Education Society Seminar on Environmental Law, October 2018
- Speaker, MNP and Miller Thomson Oilfield Services Seminar, October 2018
- Speaker, Alberta Institute of Agrologists Annual Meeting, April 2018
- Speaker, Alberta Saskatchewan Renewable Energy Summit, February 2018
- Co-author with G. Bishop “A Crisis of Our Own Making: Prospects for Major Natural Resource Projects in Canada”, C.D. Howe Institute, February 2018
- Speaker, C.D. Howe Annual Calgary Dinner, The National Energy Agenda and National Unity, November 2017
- Speaker, Canada’s Energy Agenda and National Unity, C.D. Howe, October 2017
- Host, CFWE Radio “Ask The Lawyer”, May and October 2017
- Speaker, Texas Energy Council’s Annual Symposium, May 2017
- Speaker, Energy Leaders Roundtable, The Council for Clean & Reliable Energy (CCRE), April 2017
- “Public Confidence in the Energy Sector”, Roundtable Luncheon, C.D. Howe Institute, October 2015
- Contributing author to Principles of Administrative Law, 2nd Edition (1994) Jones and DeVillars
- Co-author of Alberta Chapter in Environmental Spills: Emergency Responses, Clean up and Liability, McConnell & Gerlock, Editors, Carswell 1993
- Thirty Years After the Franks Committee Report – Alberta’s Report Card (1989) 5 Admin Law Journal 66
- Sessional Instructor, University of Alberta, Executive MBA Program – Government Business Interface, August 2017
- Sessional Instructor, University of Alberta, MBA Program Capstone Course, May 2017
- Sessional Instructor, University of Alberta, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, 2007 to 2012
- Former President, Red Deer Search and Rescue, 2001 to 2003
- Former Director, Edmonton’s Ronald McDonald House, 1990 – 1993
- Former Chair, Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission, 2013 – 2016
- Member, Law Society of Alberta
- Senior Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute, 2016 to present
- ICD.D., Institute of Corporate Directors, 2016
Bar admissions & education
- Alberta Bar, 1989
- LL.B., University of Alberta, 1988
- B.A., University of Alberta, 1985