Valerie Helbronner

Valerie Helbronner

Toronto: 416.865.7516
Fax 416.865.7380


LLB, 1994
University of British Columbia
BA (Honours), 1990
Queen's University

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1996


Valerie Helbronner is a recognized leader in the Canadian power sector. She has helped to shape the sector through her various industry appointments: current board member of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, past Chair of the Ontario Waterpower Association, and past member of the Independent Electricity System Operator Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Valerie has advised extensively on project development. She has led some of Canada's largest and most complex renewable power project development financings. A key part of her project development work includes significant involvement on matters relating to Indigenous law.

Her practice extends beyond domestic projects, having worked on electricity market restructurings in various countries, including South Africa, Russia and Hungary.

Representative Work

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Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in energy regulatory law (2012-2018)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, energy: power (transactional) (2016-2018)

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Environment Lawyers—Leading lawyer (2017-2018)

Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in energy (electricity) (2016-2018)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in energy: power (transactional) (2011-2018)

Law Business Research's Who’s Who Legal—Leading lawyer in energy (2016-2017)

Expert Guides' Women in Business Law—Leading lawyer in energy and natural resources (2014, 2016)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in energy (electricity) (2010-2018)

Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers—Leading lawyer in Canada (2012-2013)

Legal Media Group/Euromoney's IFLR1000 Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms—Leading Canadian lawyer in project finance (2011)

Real Time News' LawDay—Leading lawyer in energy/corporate law (2009)



Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, Valerie was a partner at another major Toronto firm.


  • Canadian Wind Energy Association, Board of Directors (2014-present)
  • Ontario Waterpower Association, Board of Directors (2008-2017); Chair (2010-2016), Vice Chair (2016-present)
  • Independent Electricity System Operator, appointee to the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (2013-2017)
  • Rift Valley Energy Advisory Committee, Advisor (2013-2015)


  • Board of Directors of the Young People’s Theatre (2013-2016)
  • Board of Directors of the e.p.i.c. School (2009-2012)