Shell and Flying J Merge Road Transportation Businesses

Shell Canada Products and Flying J Canada Inc. combined their commercial road transportation businesses in Canada on September 1, 2006. Flying J Inc., parent of Flying J Canada Inc., is North America's largest diesel retailer. The significant resulting joint venture includes Shell Canada's national cardlock network and Flying J's Canadian travel plazas, as well as ancillary businesses. Shell and Flying J plan to invest more than $200 million to build new facilities—including more than 15 new travel plazas across Canada—and remodel existing ones to create a comprehensive network for Canadian road transport customers.

Shell Canada and Flying J will also continue to offer their respective loyalty programs to customers. In addition to the network, this amalgamation includes the operation services of Shell Canada's commercial fleet cards, which were previously developed and distributed with TCH Canada Inc., a Flying J Inc. company that specializes in multi-faceted money transfer products like fuel cards backed by leading web-based applications.

Shell Canada was represented internally by Scott Hyndman and assisted by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP with a team led by Sherri Fountain and comprised of Colin Berryman, Stan Ebel, D'Arcy Schieman and Nancy Diep (tax); Tim Kennish and Steve Sansom (competition); Craig Harkness and Neil Bindman (real estate); Pat Wilson and Andraya Frith (privacy); Kelly Moffat (technology); Colin Grierson and Robert Ashcroft.

Flying J Canada Inc. was represented internally by Barre Burgon, general counsel, and Robert Payne and assisted by Stikeman Elliott LLP in Montreal with a team that included Pierre Martel and Pierre-Louis Le Saunier (tax); Michèle Baillargeon (real estate) and Claudie Imbleau-Chagnon (business law) and by Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in Toronto with a team that included Rod Seyffert and Wendy Thompson (business law); Gloria Geddes (income tax); Michael Bussmann (commodity tax); Mark Madras (environmental) and Rudy Morrone (IP). Flying J Canada Inc. also retained Leonard Seidman of Seal Seidman, G.P. for advice on permits and licences.