Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Calgary
Tamara is currently Legal Counsel in the Legal Department at Canadian Natural Resources Limited, having formally transitioned to an in-house legal role from private practice in April 2020.
Tamara started her career in 2002 by articling with a Saskatchewan firm, McDougall Gauley LLP, where she practised general litigation for approximately four years. During her time at McDougall Gauley LLP she was fortunate enough to gain experience in all areas of practice, and was required to appear in court on a regular basis on criminal, family and other civil matters. In addition to her legal practice while in Saskatchewan, Tamara was active in legal professional associations and education, serving for a period as the Law Society of Saskatchewan’s representative on the Board of the Saskatchewan Legal Education Society, as a member of the Board of Governors for the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers’ Association, and in 2005 – 2006 as Assistant Chair of the Criminal Justice South Section for the CBA Saskatchewan Branch in Regina.
Tamara moved to Calgary in 2006 and joined the litigation department at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP as an associate, becoming a partner there in 2011.
While at Osler Tamara’s practice focused on complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters (both national and international), including energy litigation, construction, commercial leasing, class action defence, telecommunications, mining, global transportation, manufacturing, pension, tax, employment defence and franchise litigation. She also advised clients on a range of regulatory matters, including on corporate governance, privacy, the environment, and human rights.
Tamara has appeared before a number of arbitration tribunals, as well as before the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Throughout her legal career in Alberta, Tamara has been actively involved in various professional organizations and has written and presented on a number of topics, including on bankruptcy in the energy sector, critical incident response, anti-SLAPP legislation, occupational health and safety, environmental regulation, sexual harassment and human rights, and on a number of litigation practice topics.
Tamara has been involved with The Advocates’ Society as a faculty member since 2015, as a TAS Alberta Regional Advisory Committee Member since 2016, and has been its Chair since January 2019. Tamara is also currently a board member for the Association of Women Lawyers, and has been a repeat contributor to CBA Alberta’s quarterly magazine, Law Matters, in an article series offering litigation insights/tips for local advocates.
Since joining CNRL, Tamara’s practice has broadened. She currently manages and instructs outside litigation counsel on a variety of disputes, and also provides internal advice on a range of regulatory and other legal matters as they arise.