David Wood

David Wood

Senior Counsel
Calgary: 403.776.3768
Fax 403.776.3800


LLB, 1995
University of Calgary
BA, 1992
University of Calgary

Bar Admissions

Alberta, 1996


David's practice focuses on administrative, regulatory and environmental law and commercial litigation in the energy sector.

David has been involved in the restructuring of Alberta’s electricity sector since 1997 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 Alberta’s legislated Power Purchase Arrangements (in particular, disputes under those arrangements).

David also has extensive experience in all aspects of the regulated oil and gas industries, including occupational health and safety, facility licensing, off-target penalties, pooling, common processor, common carrier, public consultation, emergency response plans, surface rights, rate regulation and facility regulation, new pipeline facilities, conversion of existing facilities, regulation of storage facilities, as well as sweet and sour gas wells, plants and pipelines.

In environmental matters, David’s experience includes environmental assessments, regulatory approvals and appeals, reclamation and remediation, brownfield development , emissions and environmental litigation. He has experience litigating, mediating and arbitrating a wide range of commercial and energy matters, including shareholder disputes; directors’ and officers’ liability; securities; "poison pills;" product liability; and royalty, leasing, joint venture, co-ownership and other contractual disputes. David has appeared before numerous regulatory tribunals, including the National Energy Board, Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, Alberta Securities Commission, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board. He has also appeared in all levels of courts in Alberta, trial courts in British Columbia and Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada.


Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in energy law (2020-2021)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in energy (electricity) (2017-2020)


Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, David was a partner and head of the regulatory law group at a major Canadian law firm.