Jim Aldridge, Q.C., Partner, Aldridge + Rosling, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Aldridge is a member of the British Columbia Bar and has been an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia. He has represented the Nisga’a Nation in treaty negotiations since 1980, and was Lead Counsel during most of that time. He is a member of the legal team representing the Manitoba Métis Federation in its current legal action in respect of Métis land rights under the Manitoba Act. Mr. Aldridge has also represented a number of other clients in the areas of Aboriginal law, as well as immigration, constitutional and administrative law. He enjoys lecturing and teaching and routinely participates in or chairs various committees and conferences in the legal community.
Brian McLaughlin, General Counsel, Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio, Department of Justice, Vancouver, BC. Mr. McLaughlin holds a B.A. (University of New Brunswick) and an LL.B (UBC). He was called to the Bar of BC in 1982. Mr. McLaughlin practised civil litigation until 1996. He joined the Department of Justice in 1997 in the Federal Treaty Negotiation Office, Legal Services Unit. In 2000, he went to the BC Regional Office of the Department of Justice where he practised Aboriginal rights and title litigation, including acting as lead counsel in Roger William v. B.C. and Canada.


Karey Brooks, Director, Janes Freedman Kyle Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Brooks has extensive experience in civil litigation. Her practice focuses on Aboriginal and constitutional law issues. She represents First Nations and First Nations organizations on matters relating to treaty and Aboriginal rights, land use issues, environmental issues, oil and gas related matters and water rights. Ms. Brooks represents clients in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
Brian A. Crane, Q.C., Partner, Gowlings LLP, Ottawa, ON. Mr. Crane practises in the areas of constitutional, administrative and Aboriginal law. Mr. Crane has chaired numerous Law Reform Committees and for 15 years he acted as consultant for the Law Reform Commission of Canada. He has worked extensively in the negotiation of native land claims, self-government agreements and related litigation and mediation. A frequent speaker at legal seminars and conferences, Mr. Crane (along with co-authors Robert Mainville and Martin Mason) authored the text, First Nations Governance Law (Markham, ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2006). He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1977 and a certified specialist in Civil Litigation in 1988.
Sandra A. Gogal, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP, Toronto, ON. Ms. Gogal has extensive experience dealing with Aboriginal and environmental issues in the natural resource and energy sector. She has worked both in-house and in private practice on large resource development projects. While in-house, Ms. Gogal was responsible for advising general counsel on all matters relating to Aboriginal, environmental and regulatory law. Ms. Gogal has acted for a number of large industry clients in the mining, hydro, forestry and oil and gas sectors on matters relating to Aboriginal consultation, environmental assessments, and the negotiation of several accommodation and impact and benefit agreements between industry and First Nations. She has also acted for the Ministry of Natural Resources, Government of Ontario, advising the Ministry on matters relating to Aboriginal consultation in the areas of hydro and wind power, forestry and mining, including legislative and policy drafting. In the course of her practice, Ms. Gogal has worked with many Aboriginal communities including the First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. She provides sound strategic and legal advice to her clients in developing projects on treaty and unsettled Aboriginal lands. In addition to negotiating agreements and settlements with Aboriginal communities, Ms. Gogal has acted as litigation counsel in Aboriginal matters before the Supreme Courts and Superior Courts in Newfoundland and Ontario.
Jason Madden, Partner, Pape Salter Teillet LLP, Toronto, ON. Mr. Madden’s practice focuses on litigation, negotiations and self-government implementation for First Nations and Metis communities from Ontario westward. He has represented Aboriginal clients in litigation in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon and has appeared in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Madden has been at the forefront of the development of Métis rights jurisprudence. He has been counsel in many of the Métis harvesting rights cases decided since Powley and was counsel for various interveners in Powley, Blais, Cunningham and the recent MMF case before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Nancy A. Morgan, Principal, Morgan & Associates, West Vancouver, BC. Ms. Morgan has been practising law for over 25 years. She works primarily in the field of Aboriginal law representing First Nations and regional First Nations organizations in British Columbia and the Yukon. She represents clients in the negotiation of treaties, impact benefit agreements, accommodation agreements and other sectoral governance agreements. She is also involved in the development of legislation and policy for First Nations.
David Schulze, Partner, Dionne Schulze Attorneys, Montreal, QC. Mr. Schulze has specialized in Aboriginal law since his call to the Bar. Since 2006, he has been named each year as one of the “Best Lawyers” practising Aboriginal law in Canada by Best Lawyers in Canada and since 2013 by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. He was named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Montréal Aboriginal Law “Lawyer of the Year”. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Courts of Quebec at all levels, courts in British Columbia, Manitoba and Newfoundland, as well as before administrative tribunals such as the National Energy Board. In addition to providing advice on Aboriginal and treaty rights, Mr. Schulze advises and represents clients on issues including: environmental assessment; employment relations and human rights; taxation; access to information and privacy; corporate governance for non-profits and local economic development. Mr. Schulze is currently a contributing editor to the Canadian Native Law Reporter and was a member of the Bar of Quebec’s Committee on the Law and Aboriginal Peoples from 1999 to 2012. He was trained as a historian with a specialization in Canadian history and previously worked as a professional journalist. Mr. Schulze has published extensively on Aboriginal legal issues and beyond.
The Honourable Harry A. Slade, Chairperson, Specific Claims Tribunal, BC Supreme Court, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Justice Slade attended UBC. He was called to the bar in 1974 and joined Ratcliff and Company LLP. Prior to his appointment to the bench in 2001, his primary field of work was the provision of services to Aboriginal peoples and organizations. He and members of the growing firm pioneered the reconciliation of Aboriginal interests in land and resources with private interests, and with the powers of municipal and provincial governments. This included the consensual resolution of land use conflicts, and the negotiation and implementation of agreements with corporate participants’ interests in the forestry, oil and gas, fisheries and real estate sectors. Mr. Justice Slade was counsel for interveners in Sparrow, Delgamuukw, and other seminal cases concerned with the definition of Aboriginal rights and the interplay of rights with provincial and federal legislative powers. He was active in advancing Specific Claims, litigation over the loss of reserve lands, and treaty negotiations. Mr. Justice Slade was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998. In 2009, Mr. Justice Slade was appointed as Chairperson to the Specific Claims Tribunal. His term was recently renewed for a further five years.