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Saturday April 16th, 2011

Energy Security and Climate Change: A Canada-US Common Approach? – Panel Six: Finding the Money: Securing Capital for Energy Innovation


Selma Lussenburg, Chair, Ontario Growth Capital Corporation, Toronto, ON


Michael Barrett, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto, ON

Paul Durbin, Senior Counsel, Miller Canfield, New York, NY

Friday April 16, 2011, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Canada-United States Law Institute at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

The Henry T. King, Jr. Annual Conference has served as the premier forum for addressing the issues confronting the Canada-U.S. relationship. For nearly three decades, the annual conference has united members of the respective governments, corporate leaders, legal practitioners, scholars, and the media in one forum to address issues from security and trade, to energy and the environment. Along the way, the event has fostered the development of longstanding professional linkages and personal friendships on each side of the border.

This year’s conference will address the Canada-US energy relationship. It is the only event that will:

Examine the relationship from a bi-national perspective;
Provide a comprehensive review of all sectors;
Examine policy implications at the federal, state, and provincial levels;
Discuss funding initiatives that will assist companies in securing the capital needed to develop these projects.

Additional Information About Our Guest…

Selma Lussenburg serves as Board Chair of the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation. The principal businesses of OCGC are to manage the interest of the Government of Ontario in the $ 205 million Ontario Venture Capital Fund LP, which invests primarily in Ontario-based and Ontario-focused venture capital and growth equity funds that support innovative, high growth companies, and the $250 million Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund which co-invests alongside qualified investors in innovative, high-growth, private, Ontario companies.

Ms. Lussenburg is a director of the Association of Corporate Counsel (Ontario Chapter) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Canada-United States Law Institute and its Executive Committee.

Ms. Lussenburg was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at OMERS, one of Canada’s largest public pension plans. At OMERS Ms. Lussenburg was responsible for the Legal Division, including the Corporate Secretariat, Board Secretariat, and Compliance as well as the provision of legal services to OMERS business, investment and pension operations. Prior thereto Ms. Lussenburg served as AT&T’s Chief Regional Counsel for Canada and Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at AT&T Enterprises Canada Co., supporting AT&T’s Canadian and international operations.

Ms. Lussenburg is a Canadian representative to the Trade Ministers’ NAFTA 2022 Advisory Committee on the Resolution of Private International Commercial Disputes; a Roster Member, Appointed under Agreement on Internal Trade (between the Governments of Canada and the Canadian Provinces) to reduce barriers to the movement of persons, goods, services and investments within Canada; and a Canadian Roster Member, under to the NAFTA Chapter 20 (Arbitral) Dispute Resolution Provisions. Ms. Lussenburg has written and spoken extensively on international trade including trade barriers, NAFTA, establishing business in Canada and other jurisdictions, corporate governance and pension matters.

Ms. Lussenburg holds a “Charter Director” designation from the Directors College, McMaster University (equivalent to ICD.D). Ms. Lussenburg was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982 and qualified as an English solicitor in 1987.

Ms. Lussenburg practiced law with the Toronto law firms of Borden Ladner, Fasken Martineau and the Sydney (Australia) office of Allen, Arthur, Robinson. While in private practice Ms. Lussenburg focused on domestic and international business law and international trade matters.

Ms. Lussenburg’s academic qualifications include a Certificate of Private and Public International Law from the Hague Academy of International Law (the Netherlands), an LLM-Master of International Law from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, a graduate level Diploma in International Co-operation and Development from the Institute for International Development and Co-operation, as well as a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa.

Mike Barrett is a corporate lawyer, specializing in private corporate transactions and energy development. In his renewable power development practice, he has been retained by many leading renewable power developers. Mike’s keen understanding of the Canadian renewable power landscape has been helpful to both new and established participants in this sector. He has helped renewable power clients with all phases of energy project development and commercialization.

Paul Durbin is Senior Counsel at Miller Canfield, located in the firm’s Chicago and New York offices. He represents clients in solving issues related to financing, capital projects and new ventures. He has worked on financial transactions throughout his career and has spent the last decade in public and project finance. Mr. Durbin serves as counsel to underwriters, borrowers, developers and governmental entities in the financing of capital projects and infrastructure improvements. In recent years, he has worked with renewable energy companies on expansion projects around the country. He positions companies for new opportunities in green energy and works on the financing and construction of renewable energy projects.

Mr. Durbin has worked on numerous significant financings over the years for public and private borrowers, including for public utilities, cities, counties and villages. He acted as counsel in conduit bond offerings (through the Illinois Finance Authority and other issuers) for commercial, healthcare, and not-for-profit borrowers. He was bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel in increment revenue, general obligation and revenue bonds issuances. He has represented corporate borrowers and financial institutions in the negotiation and documentation of secured and unsecured loans and private placements. He also has represented numerous energy companies in their quest to find suitable sites and obtain the financing they need to build generation and manufacturing facilities in the United States