Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
Chris serves as Legal Counsel with the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a position he has held since June of 2015.
Prior to joining the Board, Chris was a lawyer with the provincial Department of Justice, practicing mainly in the areas of oil and gas, hydro-electricity and corporate / commercial law. While with the provincial government, he served a secondment with Cabinet Secretariat, the central agency which supports the cabinet and Premier’s office. He was also a member of several project teams, providing legal support to negotiations over royalty and benefits agreements for two offshore oil and gas projects.
Chris enjoys a diverse legal practice with the C-NLOPB, providing advice in relation to the organization’s regulatory mandate (covering offshore safety, environmental protection, exploration and licencing, operations, and local benefits) as well as on a variety of in-house issues in such areas as IT, corporate governance, consultant contracts, employment law and landlord-tenant matters.
Admitted to the Bar in 2005, Chris is a graduate of Dalhousie University Law School, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from St. Francis Xavier University and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto. Earlier this year, he completed the requirements of the Certified In-House Counsel program offered by the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys running, golf, and spending time with his niece and nephew. He’s also been known to enjoy the odd karaoke session, provided a forgiving audience.