Caroline O'Driscoll

Partner
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2020
  • Admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2007

Caroline has a dynamic practice focused on environmental, energy and Indigenous law. She combines rigorous post-law-school training with her practical experience on litigation, regulatory and transactional matters to offer her clients a unique perspective. Caroline is a committed advocate and skilled negotiator with a strong academic background in environmental science, Indigenous legal issues and sustainable energy development, Caroline advises a wide range of clients, including Indigenous governments, trusts and legal entities.

Caroline is a member of the firm's Litigation and Environmental Groups. She has appeared in the Federal Court of Canada, all levels of the Alberta Courts, and before Alberta’s and Canada’s energy regulatory bodies on a variety of cases, including those related to pipeline re-routing, regulation of the oil and gas industry, and Indigenous governance. She has in-depth experience in environmental legislation and related regulations.

Caroline has acted on numerous multi-party, multi-jurisdictional commercial negotiations and transactions involving Indigenous nations and corporate entities, corporate counterparties and provincial and federal governments. She has advised on corporate restructuring, the financing and acquisition of a variety of oil and gas interests and on and off-reserve investments, as well as the drafting and facilitation of the implementation of federal legislation under the Indian Act.

Caroline recently completed a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development at the University of Calgary.

Caroline has guest lectured at the University of Calgary for the Faculty of Science and is a sessional instructor for the Master of Engineering Program for Project Management for the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. She is also a member of various committees focused on energy, environmental and indigenous issues.

Professional Involvement

Community Involvement

  • Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation International Committee
  • Board of Directors, Canada Energy Law Foundation
  • Guest Lecturer or Panelist, University of Calgary
  • Project Homeless Connect/ID Clinic Volunteer, Calgary Legal Guidance

Selected Publications

“Ride the Green Wave - Exploration of the Implications of Renewable Energies on Resource Projects for Resource Companies and Indigenous Communities,” co-presenters and authors: Nicolás Castellano (Uruguay), Alejandro Massot (Argentina), Julia Torreblanca (Peru), Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Course Manual on International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development and Investment, April 2019.

“An Investigation into the Practical Implications of Taking or Issuing Security in Indigenous Land Interests for Debt Finance Transactions (A Preliminary Overview),” 5F-1 - Supplemental Materials to Chapter 5, Manzer, Law in International Finance, 2013.

Education

  •  M.Sc., University of Calgary, 2018
  • The Osgoode Certificate in Advanced Procurement Law and Practice: Major Projects and Tendering, York University, 2016
  • The Osgoode Certificate in Fundamentals of Aboriginal Law, York University, 2015
  • LL.M., York University, 2012
  • J.D., University of Calgary, 2006
  • Conflict Resolution Certification - Mediation & Negotiation, Mount Royal College, 2004
  • B.Sc., University of Calgary, 2000
  • B.Ed., University of Calgary, 2000