Chair

Jean Teillet, IPC (B.F.A., LL.B., LL.M.), Partner, Pape Salter Teillet LLP, Barristers & Solicitors, Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON.  Ms. Teillet has been called to the Bar in Ontario, BC, NWT, Manitoba and Yukon.  She specializes in Aboriginal rights litigation and negotiations and is currently the chief negotiator for the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw who are negotiating a treaty in the lower Fraser Valley in BC.  Ms. Teillet was counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada in Pamajewon, Powley, Taku River and Beckman and acted for interveners in other cases including Blais, MMF, Paul, Cunningham, Haida, Delgamuukw and Moulton Contracting.  She also acted for an intervener in Daniels at the Federal Court of Appeal.  Ms. Teillet maintains an active role as a public speaker and primarily speaks on Aboriginal rights, access to justice and Charter issues.  She is published in many journals and law books and is the author of Métis Law in Canada.  Ms. Teillet is a former Treasurer and Vice-President of the Indigenous Bar Association, and was the first recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Lincoln Alexander Award.  In 2011, Ms. Teillet was awarded the title “Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel” by the Indigenous Bar Association.  In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  She has been awarded two honorary doctorates: Guelph University (2014); Law Society of Upper Canada (2015).  Ms. Teillet is the great grand niece of Louis Riel.

Faculty

Douglas R. Eyford, Partner, Eyford Macaulay Shaw & Padmanabhan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Eyford has broad experience in civil litigation matters, representing clients in claims involving fraud, contract disputes, negligence, defamation, product liability, railway law and fire loss. He has appeared at all levels of court in BC as well as at regulatory and administrative tribunals. Mr. Eyford has extensive experience in alternate forms of dispute resolution, representing clients at arbitrations and mediations and in treaty negotiations. He negotiated the resolution of issues between the Prince Rupert Port Authority and First Nations communities involving the expansion of container terminal facilities in the Port of Prince Rupert for which he received the 2011-2012 Deputy Ministers' Recognition Award from the Government of Canada. In March 2013, Mr. Eyford was appointed the Government of Canada’s special federal representative on west coast energy infrastructure. His report to the Prime Minister Forging Partnerships Building Relationships, Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development was published by the Government of Canada in December 2013.  In July 2014, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development appointed Doug to lead engagement with Aboriginal groups and key stakeholders for the review and reform of the comprehensive land claims policy.  His report entitled A New Direction: Advancing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights was published in April 2015.

 

   

Leroy Little Bear, Professor Emeritus, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, SK.  Leroy Little Bear is a member of the Blood Tribe of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Little Bear is the former Director of the American Indian Program at Harvard University and professor emeritus of Native Studies at the University of Lethbridge, where he was department chair for 25 years. He has served as a legal and constitutional advisor to the Assembly of First Nations and has served on many influential committees, commissions, and boards dealing with First Nations issues. He has written several articles and co-edited three books including Pathways to Self-Determination: Canadian Indians and the Canadian State (1984), Quest for Justice: Aboriginal Peoples and Aboriginal Rights (1985), and Governments in Conflict and Indian Nations in Canada (1988). Little Bear is also contributor to Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision (UBC Press, 2000).

 

   

Jason T. Madden, Partner, Pape Salter Teillet LLP, Toronto, ON.  Jason’s practice is focused on litigation, the negotiation and implementation of modern day treaties and issues related to Aboriginal consultation and accommodation.  He is called to the bar in Ontario, Yukon and the NWT and he has appeared before all levels of court from Ontario westward, including, the Supreme Court of Canada several times. He is recognized as being at the forefront in the advancement of Métis law in Canada and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in all of the cases dealing with Métis rights issues over the last decade.  In 2014, he was recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine for his work.  He is also the 2015 recipient of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Dianne Martin Medal for Social Justice through Law.

 

   

Tom McCarthy, Chief Administrative Officer, Tsawwassen First Nation,Tsawwassen, BC.  Tom has been working for Tsawwassen First Nation since 2007.  He initially managed TFN’s treaty pre-implementation workplan - a comprehensive suite of projects designed to prepare TFN for the Effective Date of the Tsawwassen Final Agreement.  Since the Effective Date of the TFN Treaty in 2009, Tom has been Manager of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs and Director of Public Services, and was appointed CAO in September 2013. Prior to his work at TFN, Tom worked for the Government of Canada in the Privy Council Office, Department of Finance, Treasury Board Secretariat, and Department of Transport.  Tom is a graduate of Carleton University (Ottawa) and of Simon Fraser University’s Masters of Public Policy program.  He has spoken at several conferences and published on the financing of aboriginal self-government. 

   

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. 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.

 

   

Colin Salter, Partner, Pape Salter Teillet LLP, Toronto, ON. Colin specializes in Aboriginal rights law, with a focus on assisting his clients in ensuring they fully participate in and generate wealth from the fiscal and business opportunities available to them in their territories.  In Ontario, this work has included representing First Nation and Métis clients in negotiating equity positions and becoming true partners in large scale resource development and infrastructure, including, both generation (hydro and solar) and transmission projects. For these projects, Colin also assisted his clients in arranging necessary project financing valued at over 250 million, including, accessing Ontario’s Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program.  Colin is also negotiating and has concluded impacts and benefits agreements for his Aboriginal clients with mining, forestry and energy companies.  Colin is “repeatedly recommended” as a leading practitioner in the field of Aboriginal law by Lexpert.

 

Erin Thomson, Associate, JFK Law, Victoria, BC. Erin practises Aboriginal law with a focus on advising First Nations participating in the BC Treaty Process. Through her treaty practice, Erin has experience negotiating land packages and complex treaty provisions as well as developing engagement processes between First Nations, local governments and third parties on treaty-related matters. In addition to her treaty practice, Erin advises clients on co-management agreements with provincial and federal departments and represents Aboriginal groups in Crown consultation processes and various litigation files involving constitutional and non-constitutional matters. Prior to working at JFK Law, Erin was a journalist with CBC and an independent documentary filmmaker.

 

   

Joe Wild, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), Ottawa, ON.  Mr. Wild joined AANDC in May 2014 as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Treaties and Aboriginal Government.  From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Wild was the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Machinery of Government, with the Privy Council Office.  Prior to this, Mr. Wild was the Executive Director, Strategic Policy, with the Treasury Board Secretariat, where he led the development of the government's management agenda and the Action Plan to Address the Web of Rules. He began his career with the Department of Justice where he held various counsel positions with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, eventually finding his way to Ottawa in 2003 as the Senior Counsel, Treasury Board Legal Services.