BRIAN G. ARMSTRONG B.A. (Hons.) JD, QC, ICD.D
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Bruce Power Inc.
Mr. Armstrong joined Bruce Power as its General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in
October 2000. He was designated Executive Vice President and General Counsel in
Since joining the company as its senior legal officer he has been responsible for building
and managing the Bruce Power Law Division and for the company’s corporate secretarial
function. He serves as secretary to the Bruce Power Board and to the Board Committees
and is an ex-officio member of the Board’s Pension Committee. He reports directly to both
the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board.
Along with the Chief Executive Officer and the other five Executive Vice Presidents Mr.
Armstrong also serves as a member of the Bruce Power Executive Team and is a member
of the management committees dealing with pension administration, code of conduct, and
In his role as General Counsel he led the in-house legal team in the successful completion
of the transactions involving the leasing of the Bruce Nuclear Power Development by
British Energy and Cameco Corporation; the sale of British Energy’s interest in the
business to Cameco, OMERS, and TransCanada; the Bruce A Units 1 and 2 Restart
project; and the restructuring of the Bruce Power Limited Partnership. He has also
represented the company before the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
Under his leadership the Bruce Power Law Division has introduced a series of leading
edge law department performance metrics which measure individual and Divisional
performance against business plan goals and objectives and demonstrate value added to
the business. In addition, he has negotiated innovative partnering agreements with the
company’s principal external legal service providers resulting in significant improvements
in the effective deployment of external counsel.
Mr. Armstrong is a graduate of the Directors Education Program of the Canadian Institute
of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, and holds the Institute’s
ICD.D designation. He has served as corporate secretary to the Bruce Power Board since
its inception and is a director of several Bruce Power subsidiaries. He is also a director of
Huron Wind Inc. and the Canadian Nuclear Law Organization. He has previously served
as a director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Institute for
Environmental Law and Policy, the Sierra Club of Ontario Foundation, and the Dellcrest
Childrens' Centre. He is a past president and an Honorary Director of the Albany Club of
Toronto, past Chairman of the Board of Governors of St. Andrew's College, and a former
director of the Canadian Educational Standards Institute.
After being called to the Ontario Bar in March of 1970, Mr. Armstrong moved to Ottawa to
join the National Headquarters staff of a federal political party. He returned to Toronto in
June of 1971, to work in the office of the Premier of Ontario, where he served as Special
Assistant until he entered the practice of law in January of 1974. He became a partner in
his firm in 1976 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1981.
In addition to his work in politics, government and private law practice, Mr. Armstrong's
background also includes business experience in senior management roles. In March of
1989, he joined Hill and Knowlton Canada Limited as President and Chief Executive
Officer of the firm's public opinion research division. After a year in that capacity he was
appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Hill and Knowlton
He returned to the practice of law in 1991 joining the firm of Smith Lyons (now Gowlings)
where he became a senior partner before joining Bruce Power in the fall of 2000.
PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
With almost twenty five years of experience in the field of administrative law before joining
Bruce Power, Mr. Armstrong’s career in private law practice focused principally on counsel
work before federal and provincial regulatory boards and commissions. He had extensive
involvement in energy and public utilities regulation, airline and highway transportation,
automobile insurance, municipal land use and development, expropriation and
environmental matters. He also represented clients before legislative committees,
government agencies and departments at all three levels.
As counsel for the Minister of Energy for Ontario he appeared frequently before the
National Energy Board in cases affecting provincial interests and served as counsel to the
Ontario Energy Board Staff in rate hearings involving all three of the major Ontario gas
distribution companies as well as the former Ontario Hydro.
He was appointed by the Minister of Justice for Canada to represent the public interest in
proceedings before the Canadian Transport Commission and also acted for one of
Canada's regional air carriers before the Commission’s Air Transport Committee.
In addition, his practice included experience in automobile insurance regulation having
been selected by the government of Ontario to serve as counsel to the Ontario Automobile
Insurance Board in the industry-wide hearings on automobile insurance rates.
He appeared frequently before the Ontario Municipal Board in cases involving land use
planning and expropriation and acted as counsel in a number of major commercial
In his environmental practice, he represented national environmental organizations,
industry associations, public and private sector interests in a variety of regulatory
Mr. Armstrong holds memberships in the International Nuclear Law Association, the
Association of Canadian General Counsel, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association,
the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Advocates’
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS:
He has been both a lecturer and a participant in the Continuing Education Programs of the
Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, the Law Society
of Upper Canada, Insight and the Canadian Institute focussing on both administrative and
municipal law, and latterly on in-house law department management.
After graduating from St. Andrew's College, in Aurora, Ontario in 1961, he attended, Trinity
College in the University of Toronto where he received an Honours B.A. in Political
Science and Economics. He earned an LL.B. (now JD) from Osgoode Hall Law School in
1968. In 2010 he graduated from the Director’s Education Program of the Canadian
Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, and was awarded
the Institute’s ICD.D designation.
He is a dedicated long distance runner, having competed in the Boston Marathon in
1998 and 2004. He also enjoys golf, kayaking and reading political biography.