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AREA OF EXPERTISE
Osgoode Hall Law School
University of Toronto
George Vegh is the head of McCarthy Tétrault’s Toronto energy regulation practice, where he provides advocacy and advisory services to private and public sector clients. George’s main focus is on regulatory and wholesale market governance in the energy sector. George also has extensive experience in working with generators and other market participants to address the impacts of federal and provincial climate change regulation.
Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, George was General Counsel of the Ontario Energy Board.
George is a leader in the energy sector, having served as Chair of the Ontario Energy Association and the IESO Market Forum. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario. He also led a number of industry initiatives, including Task Forces on Distribution Rate Regulation, Infrastructure Renewal, Distributed Generation and Transmission Connection for Renewable Generation.
George is an Adjunct Professor of Energy Law at the University of Toronto Law School, the School of Public Policy & Governance, the University of Calgary Law School and at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he is also the Program Director for the Masters Program in Energy and Infrastructure Law.
George’s distinctions include:
- 2014 Toronto Energy Regulatory Lawyer of the Year – Lexpert;
- Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada – American Lawyer;
- Leading Lawyer - Who's Who Legal: Energy;
- Leading Lawyer – Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the area of energy - oil & gas, and electricity
- A leading lawyer in the area of energy regulation (Band 1 - Highest Ranking) - Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business
- One of the Best Lawyers in Canada – National Post.
Selected Appearances and Publications
- Cap and Trade and Governance: Ontario energy agency could correct province's past policy mistakes, May, 2016 (Globe and Mail);
- Improving Governance in the Ontario Electricity Sector (February, 2016, CD Howe);
- Expert Testimony to Ontario Legislative Assembly Committee on Procurement and Siting, September, 2013;
- Reconnecting Supply and Demand: How Improving Electricity Pricing Can Help Integrate a Changing Supply Mix, Increase Efficiency, and Empower Customers: Report of the Chair of the Electricity Market Forum, December, 2011;
- “How Energy Institutions Set the Price for Electricity,” in Doug Reeve, Donald Dewees & Bryan Karney, Current Affairs – Perspectives on Electricity Policy for Ontario (University of Toronto Press, 2010), 142;
- The Green Energy and Economy Act: Green Energy Unbounded, University of Toronto Law Faculty Blog, February 25, 2009;
- “A Watch Dog’s Limits” Editorial, Globe & Mail, January 30, 2008;
- Advocacy Centre for Tenants – Ontario v. Ontario Energy Board: Public Utility Rate-Rate-Making: Economic Regulation or Taxation? Case Comment: (2008), 87 Can. Bar Review, 549.
- “Is there a Doctrine of Canadian Public Utility Law?” (2007), 86 Can. Bar Rev. 319;
- Electricity Competition in Ontario (1998), 16 Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law 114
- “The Characterization of Barriers to Interprovincial Trade under the Canadian Constitution,” (1996), 34 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 355;
- Student Companion to Administrative Law (Toronto: Butterworths, 1996).
- Does Quebec have the Right to Secede at International Law? (1995), 74 Canadian Bar Review 225 (co-authored with Neil Finkelstein and Camille Joly).
- The Separation of Quebec and the Constitution of Canada (Toronto: York University Centre for Public Law and Public Policy, 1992) (co-authored with Neil Finkelstein).
- Making the Law: The Courts and the Constitution (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1991) (co-authored with John T. Saywell).
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Transactions & Cases
Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. acquires Tembec Inc. for C$1.1B
Enbridge Inc. completes C$37B acquisition of Spectra Energy Corp
Samsung and Pattern Energy Group announce the start of construction of the C$800 million South Kent Wind project
Enwave Energy completes C$480 million sale to Brookfield
AbitibiBowater completes C$640 million sale of its 75% indirect interest in ACH Limited Partnership
PowerStream and Barrie Hydro Distribution complete C$800 million amalgamation