Luigi A. Cusano

Luigi A. CusanoQC

Calgary: 403.776.3797
Fax 403.776.3800


LLB, 1986
University of Calgary

Bar Admissions

Alberta, 1987


Lou is the managing partner of the firm's Calgary office. His practice focuses on administrative, regulatory and environmental law and commercial litigation in the energy sector.

In the power sector, Lou has been involved in the restructuring of Alberta’s electricity sector and has experience in all aspects of both the regulated and the unregulated electricity sectors, including utility rates; cost of capital; market rules; reliability standards; energy price-setting plans; transmission, distribution and generation facilities (both renewable and non-renewable); cogeneration facilities; industrial systems; merchant transmission and generation; market surveillance investigations; and disputes regarding Alberta’s legislated Power Purchase Arrangements.

In the oil and gas sector, Lou’s regulatory experience includes pipelines (greenfield, conversion and toll-related issues), heavy oil/oilsands development, well licensing, off-target penalties, pooling, common processors and carriers, processing facilities, public consultation, facility proliferation, environmental matters, facility emissions, land reclamation, emergency response and surface rights.

Lou’s litigation experience includes many types of contractual disputes and electrical energy and facility–related issues. He has appeared before numerous regulatory tribunals, including the Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, the Natural Resources Conservation Board, Alberta Environmental Appeal Board, British Columbia Utilities Commission, Alberta Environmental Appeal Board, National Energy Board, Canadian Energy Regulator and the Alberta Securities Commission. He has appeared in all levels of Alberta courts and has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration.


Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in energy: power (regulatory); energy: provincial regulatory: Alberta (2016-2021)

Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in energy: power (regulatory) (2014-2021)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate and commercial litigation, energy regulatory law (2008-2021)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in energy: electricity; energy: oil and gas (2012-2021)

Who’s Who Legal—Leading Canadian lawyer in energy (2016-2021)


Recent Legislative and Regulatory Developments of Interest to Energy Lawyers

Co-Author, Alberta Law Review, Vol 58, No 2: Energy Law Edition


Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, Lou was a partner at a major Canadian law firm and its Calgary office managing partner for five years.

Lou has been an instructor in civil procedure, advocacy and trial preparation for the Law Society of Alberta Bar Admission course. He was a member of the Law Society of Alberta Civil Practice Advisory Committee and the Sub-Committee on Discovery Reform, and has lectured on behalf of the Legal Education Society of Alberta.


Lou is a former member of the boards of directors of the Calgary Immigrant Aid Society, Theatre Calgary and the Glenlake Hockey Club. He was the president of the Elbow Park Minor Hockey Association and has coached minor hockey for a number of years.

Memberships and Affiliations

Lou is a member of the Organizing Committee for the Energy Regulatory Forum.