Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP (JSS Barristers)
After obtaining his business degree from the University of Regina, in 1992, Bryan obtained his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, and began his legal career by articling in Calgary with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. After 5½ years as an associate, he was a Blakes partner for 10 years. As of January 1, 2009, Bryan joined Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP, was its Managing Partner for 2013 to 2014, and was the Firm Chairperson from 2015 to 2019.
In 2014, Bryan was appointed as Queen’s Counsel, and as a Fellow of the UK-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2018, he was inducted as one of the maximum of twelve Alberta Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. In 2019, Bryan was appointed for a five-year term as one of three members of the Dispute Resolution Panel for the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator. He is also a member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society.
He is recognized by various legal ranking agencies and publications including by The Best Lawyers in Canada in Energy Law.
Besides having been appointed as sole arbitrator or panel member, Bryan has extensive experience as an advocate and advisor, including as arbitration counsel, trial lawyer and appellate counsel on high stakes and high profile matters before all levels of the courts of Alberta, arbitral panels, sole arbitrators, and the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), and has acted on both sides of applications for leave to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Often in the power industry, Bryan is frequently retained on complex, factually- and document-intensive disputes, including the judicial review and arbitral proceedings in 2016 regarding the termination of the Power Purchase Arrangements. He has also acted as counsel for IPPSA on a variety of matters over the years. In addition, Bryan has advised regarding investigations and other activities of the Market Surveillance Administrator, and in respect of statutory and regulatory developments as they have unfolded in the electricity industry.
Bryan publishes and presents frequently on arbitral, power, international, construction, and oil and gas topics.