Richard Secord

Richard joined Ackroyd LLP in 1996 as a partner. He carries on an extensive environmental law practice, acting for landowners who have concerns about oil and gas, mining or utility developments on or adjacent to their property. He has appeared before various administrative tribunals, including the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, the BC Expropriation Compensation Board, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Energy Conservation Board, the Environmental Assessment Review Process Panel, the National Energy Board, the Natural Resources Conservation Board, and the Surface Rights Board. He has appeared in over 125 energy, utility and environmental hearings.

Richard litigates a wide range of environmental cases and defends professionals against malpractice claims. Richard also provides legal services to First Nations governments, including litigation of oil and gas issues. He has appeared before all levels of Court in Alberta, the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Richard was listed as a leading practitioner in the field of Environmental Law in the Lexpert Directory in 2000. In 2007, he was listed as one of Canada’s Best Environmental Lawyers in the National Post’s Best Lawyers in Canada series. He is also a frequent speaker at legal education seminars respecting various environmental law issues in Alberta.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys walking his dog in Edmonton’s river valley, practising yoga, golfing, playing tennis and duplicate bridge.

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Preferred Areas of Practice

Education & Background

  • Called to the Alberta Bar, 1980
  • LLM, University of Alberta, 1979
  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 1978
  • BA (Honours) in Law, University of Durham, England 1977

Professional Associations & Other Activities

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta)
  • Member, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn (London, England)
  • Director, 2000 – Present; President, 2003-2007, 2011-2015; Alberta Wilderness Association
  • Director, 2017 – Present; Ecojustice Canada



  • Alberta Wilderness Association Wilderness Defenders Award, 2009
  • Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, 1992
  • Graduate Assistantship and Bursary, University of Alberta, 1978-1979
  • Society of Gray’s Inn Entrance Award, 1977
  • J. P. Crerar Scholarship, 1965-1973