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Keith Wilson, Q.C.

LAWYER | SPEAKER | INNOVATOR

Keith Wilson is a prominent Alberta litigator who deals with cases involving land, the environment, oil and gas, water, and compensation. 

Keith has appeared before all Alberta courts and key regulatory tribunals including the Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Surface Rights Board, Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, municipal boards and others.

Keith has represented industry associations, participated on government legislative review initiatives, been a keynote speaker at many conferences, and is regularly interviewed by the news media on current legal topics.

Keith is also a leader in the adoption of legal technology and the founder of Veritas Litigation Support which makes digital visual aids and drone technology available to lawyers and expert witnesses. 

MEDIA
 

Alberta's Growing Orphan Well Problem

Supreme Court of Canada Redwater Ruling

2017 to 2019 -- Legacy and Abandoned Oil Wells Liabilities and Environmental Impacts 

Lonni Saken is pictured by a contaminated source of water on her farm near Edson, Alta., on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. An Alberta energy company has been ordered to transport water to a family dairy farm where the ground water has been contaminated by chemicals from a nearby gas plant. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

2012 to 2014 -- Farm Families Health Impacts from Peace River Heavy Oil Emissions

Pumpjacks, like this one near Calgary, are used to pump crude oil out of the ground after a well has been drilled. Thousands of oil wells have been abandoned across Alberta without proper remediation. (Todd Korol/Reuters)

2016/17 -- Edson Dairy Farm Water Wells Contaminated by Gas Plant Sulfolane

These tall storage tanks in the Peace River area hold a mix of oil and sand that is heated to separate the two. The bitumen can then be shipped to an upgrader.

2009 – 2012 Property Rights and Government Land Bills 

2009 Swine Flu Human Transmutation Case H1N1 

Five-year-old Paul Van Ginkel, (L) Arnold Van Ginkel (2nd L) and wife Alida (R) holding 11-month-old Daniel by the their hog buildings on their farm near Bentley, Alberta, May 11, 2009. (WALTER TYCHNOWICZ/CANWEST NEWS SERVICE)

Alberta Tackling Old Wells and Environmental Liability

PUBLIC SPEAKING
 

Alberta Regulatory Forum, “Impact of Redwater on Landowners”, Calgary, June

 

Chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Annual Legal Technology Conference, Edmonton, May

 

Chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Everything Law Firms Need to Know About the Cloud, Edmonton, May

 

Canadian Bar Association, Environment Subsection Meeting, “Impact of the Redwater Decision on Private Landowners”, Edmonton, April

 

University of Alberta, Faculty of Law:  Guest Lecturer Water Law, “Water Law and the Use of Demonstrative Evidence Aids”, Prof. David Percy, March

 

Alberta Institute of Agrologists 14th Annual Conference (Education Seminar re Water Law, Surface Rights, and Environmental Law), Banff, March

 

University of Alberta, Faculty of Law:  Guest Lecturer, Oil & Gas Law, “Surface Rights and O&G Regulatory Processes”, Prof. David Percy, February

2019

2018

Alberta Expropriation Association 31st Annual Fall Conference, “Better Demonstrative Evidence”, Banff, October

 

Legal Education Society of Alberta, Annual Legal Technology Conference, “Pitch re Legal Innovation Award for Veritas Digital Demonstrative Evidence Aids”, Calgary, May

 

Alberta Institute of Agrologists 14th Annual Conference, “The Social Contract between Government, Industry, and Landowners is Broken:  What can be done to fix it”, (Keynote Plenary), Banff, March

 

University of Alberta, Faculty of Law:  Guest Lecturer, Water Law, “Water Law and the Use of Demonstrative Evidence Aids”, Prof. David Percy, March

Action Surface Rights Association, Annual Meeting, “Orphan Wells and Landowner Liabilities” (Keynote), Taber, March

 

Alberta Surface Rights Federation Annual Meeting, “Surface Rights, the Environment, and Oil Wells”, Camrose, February

University of Alberta, Faculty of Law’s Innovation Conference, “Innovation in the Practice of Law”, Edmonton, January

2017

Canadian Bar Association, Joint Alberta and British Columbia Annual Conference, Veritas Litigation Support Demonstration, Las Vegas, November

 

Legal Education Society of Alberta, Annual Legal Technology Conference, Digital Demonstrative Evidence Aids, Edmonton, May

 

Alberta Institute of Agrologists 13th Annual Banff Conference, “Why Treating Landowners Fairly is Important”, March

 

Appraisal Institute of Canada - Alberta, Banff Alberta, Modern Digital Tools to Assist in Appraisal Reports, March

 

Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen, Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Current Issues in Surface Rights from a Landowner Perspective, September

2016

Alberta Expropriation Association 29th Annual Fall Conference, “Use of Demonstrative Digital Evidence”, Banff, October

 

Alberta Association of Surface Land Agents, Edmonton, September

 

Unmanned Systems Canada 2016 National Conference, “Drones, Hollywood, and the Law”, Edmonton, September

 

Canadian Bar Association, Environment Subsection Meeting, “Use of Drones and Visual Technologies in Environmental Cases”, March

2015

University of Alberta, Faculty of Law:  Guest Lecturer, Sustainability Law, “Participation in AER Regulatory Processes”

2014

Canadian Property Rights Conference, Calgary

Alberta Expropriation Association 27th Annual Fall Conference,” Urban Well Site Compensation”, Banff

 

Alberta Energy Regulatory Forum, “Responsible Energy Development Act One Year Later”, Calgary

2013
2012

Alberta Association of Planners, Edmonton

 

Surface Rights Federation, “Re Lemke Action”, Trochu

2011

Insight 7th Annual Water and Land Management Summit, “Impacts of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act”, Calgary

 

Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen Annual Conference, “Surface Rights:  An Alberta Perspective”, Quebec City

 

Public Information meetings throughout Alberta regarding property rights and government land bills for the Alberta’s Landowners Council

2008

Western Canadian Dairy Seminar, “Right to Farm Laws”, Red Deer

 

Freehold Mineral Owners Association – “Freehold Leases”, Fort Saskatchewan

 

Alberta Milk Dairy Annual Conference, “Due Diligence and Environmental Management Systems”, Red Deer

2005

Alberta Institute of Agrologists, “Professional Liability in Context”, Edmonton

2004

Banff Pork Seminar, “Increasing Exposure of Food Producers to Liability”, Banff

 

Alberta Beef Industry Conference, “Post BSE Action Plan”, Red Deer

Civitas Conference, “Conservation and Property Rights”, Vancouver

 

Legal Education Society of Alberta -- Rural Property Seminar, Red Deer

 

Energy Regulatory Forum, Responsible Energy Development Act, “A Landowners’ Counsel’s Perspective”,  Calgary

 

Canadian Property Rights Conference, Ottawa

2010

Pine Lake Surface Rights Association Annual Meeting, “Surface Rights and Compensation”, Trochu

 

Public Information meetings throughout Alberta regarding property rights and government land bills for the Alberta’s Landowners Council

 

Freehold Mineral Owners Association Annual Meeting, “Property Rights in Freehold Minerals”, Red Deer

2009

Legal Education Society of Alberta, “Surface Rights, Expropriations and New Provincial Legislation”, 4th Farm and Ranch Law Institute, Edmonton

 

Alberta Expropriation Association 22nd Annual Fall Conference, “Impact of Conoco v. Lemay”, Banff

 

Alberta Pork Annual Conference, “Regulatory Polices on the Horizon”, Edmonton

2007

Legal Education Society of Alberta, “Getting Fair Compensation and Other Important Points to Negotiate”, 3rd Farm and Ranch Law Institute, Edmonton

 

Alberta Expropriation Association Annual Conference, “Improving Your Surface Rights Experience”, Canmore

 

Alberta Agri-Business Network Forum, “Regulatory and Environmental Issues”, Red Deer

2006

Legal Education Society of Alberta, “The interface between the farmer/rancher and the county residential development”, 3rd Farm and Ranch Law Institute, Calgary

 

Alberta Pork Annual Meeting and Conference, “Emerging Areas of Increased Regulation in Food Production”, Calgary

2003

Alberta Environmental Farm Plan Seminar, “Legal Liability Explained”, Lethbridge

2001

Banff Pork Seminar, “Farm Worker Health and Safety”, Banff

 

Alberta Cattle Feeders Association Annual Convention, “New Regulatory Approval Processes”, Calgary

Early Career Presentations

Alberta Irrigation Projects Association

 

Alberta Beef Industry Conference

 

Alberta Cattle Feeders Association Annual Conference, Red Deer/Banff

 

Banff Pork Congress

 

International Livestock Investigators Conference, Calgary 

 

Alberta Grazing Leaseholders Association

 

Regional Surface Rights Groups

 

Agricultural Service Boards 

 

 
CONTACT:

kwilson@wilsonlawoffices.ca

 

Wilson Law Office

Suite 195, 3-11 Bellerose Drive

St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

T8N 5C9