Charles is co-head of Torys’ Infrastructure and Energy Practice and lead of its Energy Regulatory Team. His practice focuses on administrative law and project development in the energy sector. Charles advises generators (renewable and conventional), transmitters, and electricity and natural gas distributors in relation to regulatory, project development and contractual matters.
Charles regularly appears before the Ontario Energy Board on rates, licensing and leave to construct matters applications, some of which are the most complex and unique matters considered by that tribunal.
As lead counsel on a number of generation and transmission projects, Charles has provided strategic advice related to federal and provincial regulatory regimes, and he has a strong understanding of project development—from the initial stages to connection and commercial operation.
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in energy: power (regulatory) (2010-2019)
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in energy: power (regulatory) (2016-2019) and energy: provincial regulatory, Ontario (2018-2019)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in energy regulatory (2009-2019)
The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in energy and natural resources: power (2014-2019)
Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in energy (electricity) (2011-2019)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year (2018)
Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Environment Lawyers—Leading lawyer (2017-2018)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in energy (electricity) (2008-2018)
Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Leading lawyer in energy (2014-2017)
Lexology and the International Law Office’s Client Choice Award—Energy & Natural Resources, Ontario (2014)
Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers—Leading lawyer in Canada (2013)
Lexpert’s Special Law Inserts appearing in The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine—Most frequently recommended lawyer in corporate commercial, and corporate finance and securities (2011)
Real Time News’ LawDay—Leading lawyer in energy/corporate and energy/regulatory (2009)
Before entering the legal profession, Charles was a financial project manager with the Ontario Energy Board and economic analyst.
Charles is past Chair of the Board of Burlington Hydro Electric Inc. and Burlington Hydro Inc. He is also a former director of the Ontario Energy Association and a Governor of the McMaster University Board of Governors.
Memberships and Affiliations
Charles is a member of the American Bar Association.