Donald E. Greenfield Q.C.


Donald E. Greenfield Q.C.Bennett Jones LLPLinkedin.Logo
4500 Bankers Hall East 855 2nd
Street SW Calgary, Alberta T2P 4K7

Tel: 403.298.3248
Fax: 403.265.7219


Donald Greenfield is co-leader of the firm’s energy practice group. He has over 32 years of experience in asset and share sales and acquisitions in Canada and internationally, oil sands development, production and facilities construction and operating matters, production sale contracts, financings, joint ventures, limited partnerships, farmouts and Investment Canada Act and Competition Act matters.

Don acts for domestic and international exploration and production companies and companies engaged in various upstream and midstream activities, as well as state-owned oil companies.

He is a former executive member of the Natural Resources subsection of the Canadian Bar Association, has contributed to several Canadian Energy Law Foundation Jasper research seminars and has taught oil and gas law courses for Insight Information, the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen. Don served a six-year term as a director of the Canadian Energy Law Foundation

Canada’s extremely diverse and largely provincially segmented electricity market is undergoing significant change. A complex set of variables ranging from GHG emission reduction regulation, transmission and distribution constraints, resource availability, costs and technological advances are shaping our current and future generation, transmission and distribution needs. Government projections over the coming years make it clear that substantial investment in these sectors will be essential, creating new opportunities for Canadian and international power and transmission developers, related industries and their customers.

Bennett Jones is a leader in these areas, regularly providing advice on generation, transmission and distribution projects in Canada and internationally. Our global clients include power and transmission developers, facility owners, electric cooperatives, fuel suppliers, off-takers and steam/heat site hosts, as well as local, provincial and national regulatory boards and domestic and foreign agencies.

Our expertise includes assisting in project structuring, tax planning, regulatory compliance, EPC and EPC management contracts, project and conventional debt and equity financing, and site lease and acquisition. We have significant experience in acquisitions and divestitures in the electricity industry. We regularly negotiate a wide range of supply and sales contracts, including electricity trading and marketing agreements, off-take, power purchase and tolling agreements as well as other physical and financial contracts, operating agreements, interconnection arrangements with transmission and distribution grids, fuel supply and related arrangements, and steam and heat sales agreements.

We also possess substantial electricity sector restructuring experience, having drafted market rules and market-related contracts for wholesale electricity markets in Ontario and New Brunswick and having acted as counsel to several market participants within the deregulated electricity markets, representing bidders in virtually all energy and ancillary services MAP auctions that have been conducted by the Alberta Balancing Pool since 2000.

Our clients in the independent power business have participated in hundreds of power generation projects in Canada and abroad, which have involved facilities ranging in size from less than one MW to more than 1,000 MW, fueled by sources as diverse as nuclear, natural gas, coal, hydro, biogas, biomass, solar and wind.

Bennett Jones is one of Canada’s premier business law firms. With a 90-year history and unparalleled depth in energy, natural resources and project development, the firm has over 360 lawyers advising clients on corporate, commercial and restructuring mandates and litigation matters. Bennett Jones has expanded globally with offices in the Middle East, Beijing and the United States, with lawyers and business advisors who are best positioned to serve the firm’s international client base. With exceptional experience in complex cross-border and international transactions, the firm is well equipped to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities in China, the Middle East and around the world.
Donald Greenfield advised Plains Midstream Canada on its CAD1.7 billion acquisition of BP’s natural gas liquids business, and is praised for his “professional and timely” approach to service.
Chambers Global, 2013