Sonya practices aboriginal and commercial litigation. She has extensive experience in large-scale litigation and arbitration, addressing issues in contract and statutory interpretation, aboriginal law, administrative law, injunctions, and property ownership and transfer. Sonya has appeared as co-counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of Court in Alberta, the Federal Courts, and the British Columbia Supreme Court.
Sonya graduated as the silver medalist from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2002. She articled at the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench and completed a master’s degree in law (B.C.L.) with Distinction from the University of Oxford in 2004. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Alberta. Sonya practised for 10 years at a large Calgary law firm.
Selected Cases, Presentations & Publications
Dene Tha’ First Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Energy and Mines), 2013 BCSC 977. (response to an application challenging the Province’s sale of oil and gas leases and licenses on the basis of inadequate Crown consultation and accommodation)
Remington Development Corporation v. ENMAX Power Corporation, 2012 ABCA 196. (ability to terminate a contract providing transmission line right-of-way)
Yugraneft Corp. v. Rexx Management Corp., 2010 SCC 19 (limitation period applicable to the enforcement of an international arbitral award)
Hunt Oil Company of Canada, Inc. v. Galleon Energy Inc., 2010 ABQB 212. (client sued for challenging a resource development application at the Energy Resources Conservation Board; successful motion to strike statement of claim for abuse of process and no cause of action)
Knox v. Conservative Party of Canada, 2007 ABCA 295 (availability of judicial review)
“Recent Judicial Developments of Interest to Energy Lawyers”, (with M. Donaldson and R. Wood), (2014) Alta.L.Rev. 52:2 417.
“Exclusion Clauses post-Tercon”, Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2013, Archibald & Echlin, eds. (Toronto: Carswell, 2013), 305.
“Canada” Chapter (with D. Haigh Q.C., L. Novinger Grant, and R. Rojas) in International Arbitration Review, 1st, 2d and 3d editions, James H. Carter, ed. (London (U.K.): Law Business Research Ltd., 2010, 2011, and 2012).
Assistant: Sarah McMillan
Member, Law Society of Alberta (2003)
Member, Law Society of British Columbia (2014)
Member, Law Society of Yukon (2016)
The Winter Williams Prize for best performance in Restitution, 2004 (Oxford)
The George Bligh O’Connor Silver Medal for the second highest standing in work prescribed for the LL.B., 2002 (UAlberta)
The Morrow Book Prize in Jurisprudence, 2002 (UAlberta)
First prize, William Morrow Essay Contest, for a paper on the legal definition of genocide, 2002 (Alta.L.Rev.)
Member, Canadian Bar Association of B.C. (2015)
Past-Member, Canadian Bar Association of Alberta (2004-2014)