Josef W. Hocher

Josef W. Hocher
Telephone: 403 351 3058
Fax: 416 360 8877

Suite 3810, Bankers Hall West
888 3rd Street SW
Calgary, AB T2P 5C5

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Josef is a partner in Cassels Brock’s Business Law Group in Calgary. He draws on over 20 years of legal and business expertise and represents Canadian, US and international clients in complex, strategic and business critical transactions and corporate governance matters related to the oil and gas, electrical and technology industries in North and Central America and elsewhere around the world.

In 2002, Joe was a founder of Buried Hill Energy, an international oil and gas company. At Buried Hill, Joe was one of the principals charged with creating, developing and implementing the strategic direction of the organization and financing its activities. In addition to directly driving investment and interest across the global market, he also served as Chair of the Corporate Governance and Ethics Committee, Compensation Committee and various Special Committees, and was a member of the Audit Committee, Reserves Committee and HSE Committee. Currently, Joe is the Senior Independent Director of the company and either Chair or a member of its various Committees.

Joe serves as Chairman of Orthoshop Geomatics Ltd., a geomatics services company that provides customized geospacial solutions. He also holds the position of Chief Commercial Officer at Field Upgrading Limited and Western Hydrogen Limited, technology companies using molten sodium to upgrade heavy oil and manufacture hydrogen, respectively.

In 2011, Joe established Hitic Energy Ltd. in Alberta, Canada, on behalf of the Jereh Group headquartered in Yantai, China. As one of the founders of Hitic, Joe had a senior leadership role in the successful expansion of its upstream oil and gas business, including business development and formulating and implementing overall company strategy. Hitic’s portfolio now includes numerous successful operating projects and is poised for further profitable growth, and Joe continues his leadership position with the company.

Joe graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and laws. He was called to the Alberta Bar in 1995 and was named to Lexpert’s Top 40 Under 40 list in 2002. He is an active member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association and the Alberta Bar Association. Having played CIS Canada West hockey for several years, Joe volunteers as a coach in community sports organizations.

Prior to joining Cassels Brock, Joe was a partner in the Calgary office of a major national firm.


University of Saskatchewan, LL.B., 1995

Call to the bar

Alberta, 1995


  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association


  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019-2020 (Oil & Gas)
  • Lexpert's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2002)


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