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HEATHER LILLES

Heather was born, raised and started her career as a fledgling lawyer in the Canadian oilpatch. Heather is a libertarian who believes in the power of free markets. She travels extensively amongst the small, arena-bearing towns of Alberta, remotely working, tying skates, raising her three children and occasionally scrambling up the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. She practices law and rallies against Ottawa to stand proudly behind the valiant and tenacious, if dogged, Canadian energy industry, whether it is operating at home or abroad.

As a consequence her many years of petroleum sector experience, Heather transitions seamlessly from large scale, international energy transactions and tax-driven global corporate restructuring to engaging with entrepreneurs and emerging companies in energy-related and other nascent industries, fostering the growth of these early ventures to develop flexible business models that maximize development and enable long-term success. In her practice, she often steps into the role of general corporate counsel for private corporations, providing business-oriented corporate/commercial advice and placing her at the executive boardroom table. She is also a lead legal researcher, teacher and academic in Calgary on oil and gas regulatory and operational matters. She has a Masters in Law specializing in joint operator liability for abandonment and reclamation obligations, particularly for joint venturers who find themselves (or their partners) in the vicinity of insolvency.