Co-Chairs

Karey Brooks, Principal, JFK Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC. Karey practises civil litigation with a focus on Aboriginal, constitutional, and administrative law. She has appeared in all levels of court, including in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. Karey primarily acts for First Nations and First Nations organizations in court and negotiations with government and industry on matters relating to Aboriginal rights and title, consultation, regulatory matters, including environmental assessments, and general governance matters, including status and membership issues. Karey was co-counsel to the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation in Daniels v. Canada. In 2016, Karey was awarded the UBC Law School Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, and in 2015 she was recognized as one of Canada’s Legal Rising Stars by Lexpert.

   

Laura CundariPartner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver, BC. Laura practises in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration and has substantial experience in the area of Aboriginal Law. Laura primarily maintains an advisory and risk management practice that involves counseling clients on First Nations issues that impact their resource and other development projects and assisting them in negotiations with First Nations. Laura is extensively involved with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). She currently sits on the Editorial Committee of Bar Talk, is a member of the CBA’s Legislation and Law Reform Committee and is co-chair of the executive of the CBA’s International Law Section.

   

Faculty

Sam AdkinsPartner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver, BC. Sam is a commercial lawyer primarily serving clients in the resource sector, with a strong focus on Aboriginal and project development matters. His practice is national in scope, acting for clients across Canada on a wide range of Aboriginal law issues, including consultation, negotiation, and the regulatory process. Sam has significant industry expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and has represented clients on commercial and transactional matters across all project phases. Before joining Blakes, Sam held a senior position with Shell Canada overseeing all Aboriginal-related matters for the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, British Columbia.

   

Tracy Campbell, MAConsultant, MNP LLP, Calgary, AB. Ms. Campbell is a member of MNP’s consulting team in Calgary, where she focuses on Aboriginal consultation, Aboriginal rights studies, and Aboriginal reconciliation training. With more than 25 years of experience, Tracy helps First Nations, governments, public governments, and industry understand and respond to the various aspects of the common law duty to consult. Tracy has helped provincial governments develop and execute duty to consult processes as well as develop supporting policy documents.

   
 

Tola CoopperTeam Lead, Pacific Review of the Changes to the Fisheries Act Fisheries Protection Program, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Nanaimo, BC. Tola Coopper is the Pacific Lead for the Review of the Changes to the Fisheries Act and has been leading regional engagement with Indigenous groups and partners on the review since 2016. Tola works in the Partnerships, Standards & Guidelines Unit of the Fisheries Protection Program in Nanaimo, and has been with Fisheries & Oceans Canada since 2001. Tola has a degree in Marine Biology and has worked in the Habitat and Species at Risk programs of DFO prior to joining the Fisheries Protection Program in 2013.

   
 

Nancy Harris, Executive Director of Regulatory Stewardship and Aboriginal Affairs, Transport Canada, Ottawa, ON. Nancy has a Masters degree in Economics with a specialization in natural resource management and has close to 25 years of experience in the federal Public Service. Nancy joined Transport Canada in July 2010 as the Director of Aboriginal Affairs. In spring 2013, management of the Navigation Protection Program was added to Nancy's responsibilities.

   
 

Jason Hwang, Manager, Fisheries Protection Program, Kamloops, BC. Jason Hwang is a biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He has been with the department for 25 years and has worked throughout BC and the Yukon. Jason has worked in various capacities within the Ecosystem Management Program at DFO with a focus on program delivery related to the habitat provisions of the Fisheries Act and components of the Salmonid Enhancement Program. Jason is currently working as a manager with the Fisheries Protection Program with the National Headquarters team in Ottawa supporting the Fisheries Act review.

   

Eugene Kung, Staff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law, Vancouver, BC. Eugene Kung is a staff lawyer with West Coast, working on Tar Sands, Pipelines and Tankers, as well as with the “Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air, and Water” project. Prior to joining West Coast, Eugene was a staff lawyer with the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre where he had a social justice law practice in the areas of Constitutional, Human Rights, Administrative, Anti-Poverty, and Regulatory law. He has represented low and fixed-income ratepayers before the BC Utilities Commission; low-income tenants of slumlords; Treeplanters and Temporary Foreign Workers before the BC Human Rights Tribunal; and families of deceased farmworkers at a coroner’s inquest. In 2010, Eugene worked with the Legal Resources Centre in Durban, South Africa on Constitutional law cases involving access to housing, water, education and a healthy environment. In his spare time he is a mediocre musician, a so-so snowboarder and a horrible hockey player.

   

Selina Lee-AndersenPartner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver, BC. Selina is an experienced lawyer in the areas of environmental, Aboriginal, and corporate/commercial law across a range of industries including energy, oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure. In addition to advising clients on environmental and regulatory issues, Selina has worked extensively with proponents and Aboriginal groups in negotiating business agreements for the development of resource projects across Canada. She also regularly provides advice on procurement processes within the context of employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal groups and how to structure business arrangements to facilitate Aboriginal participation in energy and resource projects.

   

Roy MillenPartner, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver, BC. Roy carries on a diverse practice, with particular experience in Aboriginal law, commercial litigation, and international trade. Roy has been counsel on numerous prominent public-law cases, including a 2015 Supreme Court of Canada decision concerning solicitor-client privilege and lawyers’ duties to their clients.

   

Marco A. RomeroDirector and Founder, Polaris Materials Corporation. Mr. Romero is a Director and Founder of Polaris Materials Corporation, a major BC construction aggregate producer based in Vancouver, where he has championed progressive environmental and social practices. He is also President of Delta Gold Corporation, a public company engaged in precious metal resource development in the southwestern US. He has held senior roles in over 40 countries in the fields of exploration, environmental permitting, project development, and mining operations, as well as mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance. Mr. Romero has been the recipient of several provincial, national, and international awards for environmental and corporate social responsibility achievements. He is actively involved in the advancement of environmental, social, and health related causes at a local level. He has also been adopted into the ‘Namgis First Nation and the Ucluelet First Nation.

   

Dan StucklessGovernment and Industry Relations, Mikisew Cree First Nation, Fort McMurray, AB. Dan Stuckless has over eleven years’ experience working in the Alberta oil sands region for industry, indigenous communities, and regional multi-stakeholder groups. His work has comprised of managing environmental and multi-stakeholder programs, including environmental projects involving air quality and industrial odours, traditional resource surveys, and traditional ecological knowledge projects. Daniel has also been involved in developing and evaluating government policies, regulations, land management initiatives, and providing strategic and technical advice for establishing and otherwise pertaining to IBA negotiations. In addition, Daniel’s work over the years has included receiving, reviewing, and responding to oilsands, forestry, quarry, pipeline, and other resource development-related applications to multiple provincial and federal regulatory authorities.

   

Chris Tollefson, Professor of Law, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. Chris is a Professor of Law and founding Executive Director of the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation (“CELL”). Created in 2016, CELL is an independent legal education service provider that offers experiential learning opportunities to law students and junior lawyers in public interest environmental litigation through involvement in actual cases. He has represented public interest clients before courts and tribunals in various matters including the Northern Gateway, Trans Mountain, and the Pacific NorthWest LNG projects. He has authored numerous environmental and resource law publications including Environmental Law: Cases and Materials (Carswell 2013, 2nd edition; with Prof. M. Doelle), and formerly served as President of Ecojustice and Executive Director of the UVic Environmental Law Centre.