Kirk Lambrecht

Kirk N. Lambrecht, Q.C.

Practice Description

Kirk provides counsel built on decades of experience in both the public sector and private sector. Kirk’s main areas of practice are administrative law, constitutional law, aboriginal law and civil litigation. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, before all levels of Court in Alberta, and before Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. In addition to Court work, Kirk contributes to Shores Jardine’s depth in representing and appearing before administrative tribunals of many kinds, including appearances before the National Energy Board (Enbridge Northern Gateway Project), the Energy Resources Conservation Board / Alberta Energy Regulator (various oil sands mines, as well as natural gas and sour oil developments), and the Alberta Utilities Commission (Heartland Transmission Project). He has experience with Aboriginal Tribunals created under modern Treaties, including the Nunavut Impact Review Board (Kiggavik Uranium Mine Project), the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board and the Eeyou Marine Region Wildlife Board. He also has experience in representing the Metis Settlements Appeal Tribunal in Alberta. His Aboriginal law experience includes First Nations/Indian, Metis and Inuit matters.

Kirk’s legal practice includes extensive experience with respect to environmental assessment and regulatory review of major projects – extending from metal mines (the Red Chris copper/gold mine in BC, and the Grassy Mountain Coal Project near Blairmore, Alberta), and uranium mines (the McLean Lake Uranium Mine in Saskatchewan, and the Kiggavik Uranium Mine Project in Nunavut) to major energy projects (including the Mackenzie Gas Project, the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, the Total Joslyn Oil Sands Mine Project, the Shell Jackpine Oil Sands Mine Expansion Project, and the EnCana Shallow Natural Gas Infill Project at the Suffield National Wildlife Area) to tourism projects (expansion of ski resorts and convention facilities in the National Parks of Canada).

Kirk has presented before numerous professional and industry audiences.  He is also widely published, having written two books, edited a third book, and authored numerous articles.


Kirk began his legal career with Justice Canada, based out of Edmonton. The first years of his career were as a Crown Prosecutor, where he gained extensive experience prosecuting criminal matters in the Provincial Court of Alberta, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Court of Appeal of Alberta and Supreme Court of Canada. This was followed by a move into civil litigation, where he represented the federal Crown in civil litigation actions, judicial review applications and appeals in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Court of Appeal of Alberta, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to courtroom work, Kirk also appeared before numerous tribunals on issues associated with resource development or labour relations. In 2003 Mr. Lambrecht was appointed as General Counsel for the Prairie Region for Justice Canada, a position which he held for ten years. In addition to litigation duties, he chaired the Prairie Region Litigation Committee and was the Prairie Region representative on the National Litigation Committee. In these Committees he reviewed all written arguments filed by the Attorney General of Canada in the Supreme Court of Canada, or the Courts of Appeal of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

After 30 years with the Department of Justice, Kirk entered private practice and joined Shores Jardine LLP in September, 2013.

Professional Association – Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch)

  • 2000/2001: Past-President, Alberta Branch
  • 1999/2000: President, Alberta Branch
  • 1998/99: Vice-President, Alberta Branch
  • CBA Liaison to the Law Society of Alberta
  • 1997/98: Treasurer, Alberta Branch
  • 1995/96: Secretary, Alberta Branch


  • 2014: Outstanding Career Award (Deputy Minister of Justice)
  • 2012: Individual Merit Award (Justice)
  • 2009: Deputy Minister’s Excellence Award (Justice)
  • 2003: Parks Canada Agency Award of Excellence
  • 2000: Queen’s Council Appointment, Lt. Governor of Alberta
  • 2000: Deputy Minister’s Award for Leadership (Justice)
  • 1991: Deputy Minister’s Award for Professional Excellence (Justice)
  • 1978: Henry Gerrie Ward Essay Prize in Western Canadian History

Education & Call To The Bar

  • 2014 – Admitted to the Law Society of Nunavut
  • 1984 – Admitted to the Law Society of Alberta
  • 1983 – LL.B. – University of British Columbia
  • 1979 – B.A. Special (With Distinction)(Certificate of Equivalence) – University of Alberta
  • 1975 – B.A. General (With Distinction) – University of Alberta


  • Aboriginal Consultation, Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Review in Canada (University of Regina Press, 2013)
  • Hobby and Lambrecht, editors: Canadian Environmental Assessment Act: An Annotated Guide (Canada Law Book) [2008 to 2012, inclusive]
  • The Administration of Dominion Lands, 1870-1930 (1991: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina).


  • Can the Governor in Council Consider Infringement of Treaty 8 Rights? In Key Developments in Environmental Law, 2017 (Thomson Reuters / Canada Law Book)
  • The Alberta Utilities Commission Rules on Its Jurisdiction to Assess Crown Aboriginal Consultation (ABLawg, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law) (March, 2017)
  • Protecting Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Alberta’s Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Review System for Energy Projects, in Key Developments in Environmental Law, 2015 (Thomson Reuters / Canada Law Book)
  • The Governor in Council Occasions Change and Delay in the National Energy Board’s Review of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project: The Curious Case of PC 2015-1137 (ABLawg, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law) (September, 2015)
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law, The Year in Review, 2014: The Supreme Court of Canada Recognizes Aboriginal Title in British Columbia
  • The Importance of Location and Context to the Future Application of the Grassy Narrows Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada (ABLawg, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law) (July, 2014)
  • Constitutional Law and the Alberta Energy Regulator, in Constitutional Forum (University of Alberta, Faculty of Law) (Vol 23 No. 2, April, 2014).         
  • Tribunals and Constitutional Law in Intra Vires – CBA National Administrative Law Section Newsletter (March, 2014).
  • Brief Observations on Aboriginal Consultation, Resource Development and the Metis After the Supreme Court of Canada Judgment in Manitoba Metis Federation v. Canada (Attorney General) in Key Developments in Environmental Law 2013 Edition (Carswell, 2013). 
  • Aboriginal Consultation and Regulatory Review: Case Comment on the Energy Resources Conservation Board of Alberta, Key Developments in Environmental Law (Carswell, 2012)
  • Assessing and Managing the Cumulative Effects of Oil Sands Development in Alberta, Key Developments in Environmental Law (Carswell, 2011)
  • Environmental Assessment and Aboriginal Consultation: One Sovereignty or Two Solitudes? in Environmental Law: The Year in Review 2007 (Canada Law Book)
  • Integrating Environmental Assessment and Federal Decision-Making: Six Years Into the Millennium with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in Environmental Law: The Year in Review 2006 (Canada Law Book)
  • The Land Grant to the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, in Alberta Law Review 32 Alta. L. Rev. 71 (1994, Vol. XXXII, No. 1)Coal Mining in Alberta: Regional Development and Social Strife in Prairie Forum (1979, Vol. 4 No. 2)

In His Own Words

I sought this firm out based on my experiences during my time in government. This is a boutique firm that has a specialized expertise that I felt I could contribute to, and it has a very high standard of professional practice.

The rule of law is fundamental to stable democracy, and we make contributions to the rule of law. That is what I like the most. I enjoy working with clients and advocating for their interests, and I have clients that represent a range of organizations. I work with everyone from the guy who has a shovel in the ground to the CEO at the top, and with everything from airports to energy.

Away From The Office

Today Kirk enjoys spending time with his grandsons, as well as playing guitar (both acoustic and electric). Kirk describes himself as having “always been involved in soccer” and continues to play recreationally both indoor and outdoor. In addition to managing a soccer team which won the Alberta provincial championship in 2008, he was active for a decade as a soccer referee for men’s, women’s and youth teams in the Edmonton District Soccer Association (EDSA), Edmonton Inter-district Youth Soccer Association (EIYSA), Edmonton Minor Soccer Association (EMSA) and Sherwood Park District Soccer Association (SPDSA), including city and provincial championships.


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