Legal Services

Legal Services is accountable to the Chair and Board Members for the provision of legal advice and accountable to the CEO for administrative matters.

The Legal Services Team provides legal advice for both regulatory and management purposes.

Executive Vice President, Law and General Counsel – Rob Cohen

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. Cohen joined the NEB as General Counsel in November 2006 after an extensive career in administrative, energy and regulatory law having spent twenty-four years with pipeline companies regulated by the NEB.
  • He joined TransCanada PipeLines Limited in 1982 as counsel and became General Counsel Regulatory. During his time at TransCanada he also held the position of Vice President Government and Public Affairs.
  • From 1996-2000 he was Vice President Law and Administration and Secretary at Express Pipeline Ltd., and from 2000 to 2003 was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd.
  • He was Director, Regulatory Policy and Analysis and Director, Transmission Compliance at TransCanada.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) McGill University in 1978
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) McGill University in 1977
  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in Business Economics McGill University in 1974
  • Called to the Bar in Ontario in 1980 and admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1992.

Associate General Counsel – Alex Ross

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. Ross joined the NEB in 2001.
  • He has 20 plus years of experience as legal counsel in the energy regulatory field, in both private and government practice.
  • Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Ross was counsel since 1996, in the regulatory group of Denton’s – Canada (formerly, Fraser Milner Casgrain), most actively in advising energy and energy infrastructure firms in regulatory and environmental law matters.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • J.D. from the University of Toronto
  • Member of the Association of General Counsel of Alberta
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