Valerie 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.
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in energy: power (transactional) (2016-2019)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in energy regulatory law (2012-2019)
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)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in energy (electricity) (2010-2018)
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)
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)
Before joining Torys, Valerie was a partner at another major Toronto firm.
Valerie is on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (2014-present). She was also on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Waterpower Association (2008-2017), where he also served as Chair (2010-2016) and currently serves as Vice-Chair (2016-present). Valerie is also an appointee to the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Independent Electricity System Operator and she was an Advisor for the Rift Valley Energy Advisory Committee (2013-2015).
Valerie was on the Board of Directors for the Young People’s Theatre (2013-2016) and for the e.p.i.c. School (2009-2012).