Charles Keizer

Charles Keizer

Toronto: 416.865.7512
Fax 416.865.7380


LLB, 1991
Osgoode Hall Law School
MA, (Economics), 1985
University of Toronto
BA, (Economics), 1983
University of Prince Edward Island

Bar Admissions

Prince Edward Island, 1995 Ontario, 1993


Charles is co-head of Torys’ Infrastructure and Energy Practice. His practice focuses on administrative and corporate/commercial law in the energy sector. Charles provides advice to various energy sector participants, including generators (renewable and conventional), transmitters, distributors, and gas and power marketers. He also advises clients on financing, project development, regulatory and contractual matters.

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.

Charles regularly appears before the Ontario Energy Board on rates, licensing and leave to construct matters.

Representative Work

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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)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in energy: power (regulatory) (2010-2018)

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)


Water Infrastructure and the Law

Co-author | Presented at the Canadian Bar Association 2011 Annual National Environment, Energy and Resource Law Summit, Banff, Alberta April 7, 2011

Transmission: All Dressed-up and No Place to Go?

Association of Power Producers of Ontario


Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, Charles was a partner at another major Toronto firm. Before entering the legal profession, Charles was a financial project manager with the Ontario Energy Board.

Memberships and Affiliations

Charles is a member of the Ontario Energy Association and the American Bar Association.