WILLIAM L. McELHANNEY
  PARTNER
  Phone: (780) 412-2713
  Fax: (780) 423-8946
bmcelhanney@ackroydlaw.com


Preferred Areas of Practice

Aboriginal Law

Expropriation

Surface Rights

Energy, Transmission and other Regulatory Matters

Administrative Law


Education and Background

Graduate Staples High School, Westport Connecticut, 1972

North Toronto Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario, 1973

University of Western Ontario, 1973 - 1975 - Major Physiology

University of Alberta, BA Honours with Distinction, Major Political Science, 1977-1980

Queen’s University, LLB, 1980 - 1983

Called to the Alberta Bar 1984

Professional Activities: 
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Alberta Expropriation Association
  • Canadian Bar Association


  • Volunteer:
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Director and President of Alberta Branch
  • Frontier College, 1980 - 1983
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canvasser
  • Society of Retired and Semi-Retired, Director
  • Alberta Expropriation Association, Member and Past President
  • Canadian Bar Association, 1983 - present
  • Corrections Canada, 1980 - 1983
  • Continuing Legal Education, Assessor
  • Coaching and other activity regarding family.


  • Lectures and Workshops:
  • Surface Rights, Expropriation, Petroleum Development, Impact on Lands, Valuation of Aboriginal Cultural Loss.


  • Appearances:

    I have had appearances in front of the Surface Rights Board, Land Compensation Board, Natural Resources Conservation Board, Environmental Appeal Board, Municipal Government Board, Development Appeal Board, Energy Resources Conservation Board, National Energy Board, Metis Settlements Appeals Tribunal, the Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board - NWT, and all Courts in Alberta and the Federal Court.


    Interests:

    Skiing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, running, travelling and reading. I especially enjoy activities with my family.