Clifford D. Johnson


About Clifford D. Johnson

Law Society of Alberta, Year of Call 1982
Juris Doctor (Law), University of Calgary, 1981
Comm., Management/Finance, University of Calgary, 1973
Appointed Queen’s Counsel 2002
Bar of England and Wales 2002


Cliff is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer with a practice focused in the energy sector. Cliff has a long and impressive career advising energy companies on all aspects of their business, both as counsel and as a director and executive. Prior to joining EnerNext, Cliff held positions on the national management committee and executive committee of one of Canada’s largest law firms, as well as regional managing partner for Alberta and head of its energy, resources and environmental group. Through his previous roles, Cliff has built relationships with clients and law firms in the U.S., with a focus on Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma.

In addition to his experience as a senior legal counsel, Cliff has deep experience as a director of several energy companies, industry associations and organizations, including acting as Chairman and CEO. Cliff brings the benefit of his significant experience as a senior counsel, director and executive to his clients by providing them with practical advice that fits their business challenges. He has significant experience in onshore, offshore and international asset and share acquisitions and divestitures, contract dispute resolutions, contract negotiations, joint ventures, commodity purchase and sale transactions, processing, marketing and transportation arrangements, facilities construction and operation and general oil and gas business related matters. In addition, he has extensive experience in corporate governance and environmental matters.

  • Best Lawyers in Canada, Energy – 2018
  • Chambers Global “The World’s Leading Lawyers” – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006
  • Listed – 2005 and 2006 Lexpert Lawyer – as one of the leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Energy (Oil & Gas)
  • Listed in International Who’s Who Legal – Oil and Gas 2004 and 2005
  • Listed in Legal Media Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers – 2005
  • Frequently recognized by Lexpert Magazine

(Note: left private practise in 2006 which removed him from consideration for a number of years))


Cliff has at times held memberships and leadership positions in the AIPN, CPLF/CELF (Director and President), Canadian Institute of Resources Law (Director and Chair), CAPP (firm representative and legal advisory committee member), Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (firm representative), Environmental Services Association of Alberta (firm representative), Petroleum Joint Venture Association, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and University of Calgary Faculty of Law Dean’s Committee and Dean’s Community Council.


Cliff has written, published and presented over seventy articles, papers and lectures over the span of his career, primarily focussed in the energy sector but also addressing governance and environmental matters.


Cliff has acted as a director/officer of more than 20 corporations and organizations during his career and is currently a director of the following organizations.

  • Cool Ventures Inc.
  • Smith and Associates
  • Geo-Energy Enterprises Ltd.
  • Sonoma Resources Ltd.

He is a past director and President of the following private Clubs:

  • The Glencoe Club
  • The Glencoe Golf and Country Club
  • The Ranchmen’s Club