Focus on Leadership: BD&P Law brims with confidence for Calgary’s bright future

April 25, 2023
Leadership Team Calgary New Economy
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Robyn Bews is the chief business development officer at BD&P.

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Few Calgary law firms hold both a deep-rooted connection to Calgary and deep experience on a global stage. But Calgary-born Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP can say just that.

The firm has long been one of the city’s leading corporate law firms, representing some of Canada’s largest energy firms while serving as a trusted legal adviser for fast-growing startups in sectors such as technology and health care.

With a team of more than 120 lawyers and 250 total staff based in Calgary, BD&P has a reputation in the city for punching far above its weight class, says Robyn Bews, chief business development officer at BD&P.

Indeed, for decades, Calgary leaders have recognized the advantage of legal advice from a firm in their own backyard, she notes.

“Just because we’re Calgary-based doesn’t mean we don’t have the same aptitude as the firms that are headquartered in Toronto or New York. We have a habit in Calgary of thinking we need to source talent from outside our city, but this just isn’t the case anymore. Our local talent is world class.”

The fact that BD&P’s history spans over a century and continues serving clients today speaks to its value proposition.

“Our brand really says a lot about who we are: ‘bold, approachable and accomplished,’ ” she says. “It is reflected in everything, from our global expertise to our ongoing commitment to investing in the Calgary community.”

That of course translates into giving clients prudent legal advice amid a shifting landscape in Calgary where oil and gas — while still a key economic driver — is not the only game in town anymore.

From the energy transition to emerging new technologies, BD&P is often sitting at the table with Calgary companies helping them plan for a brighter tomorrow. 

“So many of the companies we serve have been the heart of our economic growth for many decades.”

Bews adds BD&P continues to be a trusted legal guide for these clients, particularly when navigating new regulatory frameworks regarding responsible energy development, she says.

“We are equally excited about assisting emerging entrepreneurs in new sectors to grow into Calgary’s economic engines of tomorrow.”

Simply put, the culture at BD&P is one of optimism.

“We’re not content to rest on our laurels — we’re looking forward to being part of the fabric of the city for the next 100 years.

“This is what gets us out of bed in the morning,” Bews explains. “Our people love their jobs and truly care about their clients and our city.”


This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Calgary Economic Development.

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