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Michael Simms

Renewable Energy Director

Partner -

Michael is a Partner in McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, and is the leader of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group. He previously spent several years as senior counsel at the Canadian head offices of a major international oil and gas company. Mike has extensive commercial and regulatory experience in energy, natural resources and environmental matters, including renewable energy and oil & gas. 

Michael holds an LL.B. and a certificate in Marine and Environmental law from Dalhousie University. He was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia in 2002 and in Alberta in 2006. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. 

Mike taught oil and gas law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University for a number of years and is a frequent presenter at energy and environmental law conferences. He is also the past chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section and is listed in the Canadian Legal lexpert Directory. 

Mike’s practice largely focuses on the development, financing, construction and operation of energy and natural resources projects, including: renewable energy projects such as wind, hydro, tidal, biomass, solar, and geothermal; conventional electricity generation and transmission; offshore and onshore oil & gas; mining; LNG export & import facilities; pipelines and processing facilities; refinery projects; and gas distribution systems. He also provides advice on health, safety & environment; and other compliance matters, including the development and implementation of corporate compliance programs. 

Mike’s community involvement includes: Director - Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic; Director - Carbon Capture & Storage Consortium of Nova Scotia; Vice Chair – Marblehead to Halifax Race, 2017; Past Member – RNSYS Board of Management; and volunteer leader – Scouts Canada. 

Mike is also an accomplished sailor. He was North American Laser Champion in 1997, represented Canada at the 1999 World University Games and placed 2nd at the 2000 Olympic Trials. He continues his involvement with sailing as an Appeal Panel Member for the Canadian Sailing Team.