Joan Dornian

Past Life In-House:

Paramount Resources Ltd., Lawyer and Land Consultant

Talisman Energy Inc., Lawyer and Land Consultant

Chevron Canada Resources, Lawyer and Land Consultant

BP Resources Canada, Lawyer and Land Consultant

Past Life Law Firm:

McMillan LLP

Thackray Burgess

Legal Superpowers:

Joan is a corporate/commercial lawyer with over 25 years of law firm and in-house oil and gas and general commercial law experience. Her areas of expertise include mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and she has published several articles on Freehold Mineral rights. Joan served on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL), and in addition to upstream and midstream oil and gas agreements, Joan negotiates and drafts a variety of other general commercial contracts, including procurement, real estate and leasing agreements.

Alter Ego:

Outside of the law, Joan is always staying active and loves to travel. She enjoys hiking, yoga, fitness training, and soccer. Some of Joan’s travel adventures include hiking at Machu Picchu, snorkeling in the Maldives, and tracking Mountain Gorillas in Uganda! In her down time, Joan fancies herself a great writer of fiction.


J.D., Dalhousie Law School (1985)

B.A., University of Calgary (1982)