Chair

Tim Dickson, Principal, JFK Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC. Before joining JFK, Tim practised for over a decade at a leading Vancouver firm, where he was a partner. He has litigated in many areas of law, but with particular emphases on acting for Indigenous peoples in Aboriginal law matters and on cases involving other aspects of public law. He advises and acts for First Nations on matters involving Aboriginal rights and title and governments’ duty to consult and accommodate, and he represents First Nations in negotiations with industry proponents. He has substantial experience in environmental assessment and regulatory hearings, including before the National Energy Board. Tim is ranked by Benchmark Canada as a Vancouver “litigation star” in Aboriginal law, and he is listed by Best Lawyers in Canada in administrative and public law, as well as corporate and commercial litigation. He was recognized by Lexpert Magazine as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers under 40 and a US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyer to Watch.

   

Faculty

Tracy Campbell, Consultant, 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.

   

Chief Ernie Crey, Cheam First Nation, Rosedale, BC. Chief Ernie Crey was elected Chief of the Cheam First Nation in 2015, and is a member of the Stó:lo Nation. He is the co-chair of the IAMC-TMX. Chief Crey previously worked for DFO as an Aboriginal Advisor from 1984-1990, after which he was hired to manage the fisheries program for the Stó:lo Tribal Council. Prior to his election as Chief, he worked as Policy Advisor for the Stó:lo Tribal Council, and was very involved in fisheries-related processes. He co-authored the award winning book Stolen from Our Embrace.

   

Brenda E. Gaertner, Partner, Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Gaertner advises First Nation governments on Aboriginal title and rights, modern (self) government, natural resource management, and economic development. She was called to the B.C. bar in 1984 and has been with Mandell Pinder almost since its inception. She is committed to the path of respect and reconciliation. Ms. Gaertner has assisted in various types of negotiated agreements and settlements, including on- and off-reserve projects and developments, modern self-governance and resource management, Impact Benefit Agreements, economic development, government to government agreements, and specific claim settlements. She was senior counsel for the First Nations Coalition in the Cohen Inquiry on Fraser River Sockeye and has represented First Nation clients before the National Energy Board and Joint Federal and Provincial Review Panels.

   

Paul Kariya, Senior Policy Advisor, Coastal First Nations, Vancouver, BC. Paul Kariya works as a Senior Policy Advisor with Coastal First Nations in pursuit of a sustainable coastal economy. Prior to joining Coastal First Nations, Paul was the Executive Director of Clean Energy BC, and before that he was Executive Director of Pacific Salmon Foundation and a Professor at Trinity Western University. He has worked in the public sector both federally and provincially. He was CEO of the provincial crown corporation, Fisheries Renewal BC, and Executive Director of the BC Treaty Commission. Paul serves on several community boards and is a Trudeau Foundation Mentor and has represented Canada as a Commissioner on the Pacific Salmon Commission. Paul comes from a commercial fishing family, and during the early part of his career he spent time in the communities, more recently on topics which are important to CFN such as reconciliation, climate change, natural resources management, and economic development.

   

John Konovsky, Senior Advisor; Treaty, Land, and Resources Department; Tsleil-Waututh Nation; North Vancouver, BC. John Konovsky has a masters degree in biology from Washington State University and has worked on biological recovery and governance issues for tribes in the U.S. and First Nations in Canada for 25 years. He is currently employed at the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver as a senior advisor on environmental issues. At Tsleil-Waututh, he has been working with this colleagues and the community to develop the Burrard Inlet Action Plan, a strategy to restore the health of the inlet by 2025.

   

Duncan McLaren, Assistant Professor, University of Victoria – Department of Anthropology, Victoria, BC. Duncan McLaren currently holds a position with the University of Victoria funded through the Hakai Institute. His research focuses on the similarities and differences between archaeology, oral history, and palaeoenvironmental research and how historical reconstructions produced through these diachronic fields can be contrasted and compared to produce mosaics of the past. His research methods employ a combination of archaeological and palaeo-environmental techniques.

   

Chief Douglas Neasloss, Chief Councillor, Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation, Klemtu, BC. Chief Doug Neasloss is the elected chief councillor of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation, and also the Stewardship Director for his government. Besides being a bear guide in the rainforest, he’s also on the board of directors of the Spirit Bear Research Foundation and a member of the Bears Forever project, devoted to ending trophy hunting in the rainforest. As part of this group, Chief Neasloss has helped institute a First Nations–led ban on trophy hunting.

   

Nicole Oakes, Principal, Brown & Oakes Archeology, New Westminster, BC. Nicole has been active in professional heritage research, protection, and management for twenty years. Along with Doug Brown, Nicole is principal owner and archaeologist at Brown & Oakes Archaeology. As a working approach, Brown & Oakes focuses on projects of interest, benefit, or support to First Nation communities, and for the past decade have worked closely with Kwikwetlem First Nation in the development of and implementation of best practice archaeological approaches.

   

Dr. Brian E Riddell, President & CEO, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Vancouver, BC. Dr. Riddell is an internationally recognized fishery scientist with extensive experience in Pacific salmon research, assessment of Pacific salmon, fisheries management, and environmental policy development. Prior to joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dr. Riddell worked for 30 years in scientific research and management positions in Science Branch, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, where he co-authored Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon (2005), contributed to the scientific basis to establish the Pacific Salmon Treaty with the United States, and represented Canada at the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. During his tenure in the Public Service of Canada, Dr Riddell received 7 meritorious service awards and the Canada 125 Medal.  In 2012, the American Fisheries Society, awarded Dr. Riddell the Worthy Coelacanth Award for outstanding life-time contributions to fisheries management and science. In February, 2015; he was recognized nationally as one of “50 Notable Canadians” in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian flag. Dr. Riddell served as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on Ocean Climate Change and Marine Biodiversity; he is currently a Canadian Commissioner to the Pacific Salmon Commission (the organization responsible for implementation of the Pacific Salmon Treaty between the United States and Canada); and he is currently a member of the Province of BC’s Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Council on Finfish Aquaculture. Since joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) in February 2009, Dr. Riddell has worked to establish the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and the research network necessary to undertake this international project (www.marinesurvivalproject.com). He remains active in this research and administration of the PSF today. 

   

Kyle Robertson, Principal, Robertson Environmental Services, Langley, BC. Kyle Robertson is an environmental engineer with a masters degree in Water and Environmental Resources Management. Kyle has over 25 years of experience working in the environmental field managing teams assessing impacts of large-infrastructure projects on the environment and the rights and interests of Indigenous communities. Most recently, Kyle has provided technical support to the Indigenous members of the Indigenous Advisory & Monitoring Committee for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. He spends his spare time with his lovely wife and two frantic boys playing outdoors while being inspired by mindfulness, compassion, and cultural and ecological diversity.

   

Naina Sloan, Senior Executive Director, Indigenous Partnerships Office - West, Natural Resources Canada, Vancouver, BC. IPO-West undertakes ongoing engagement and works to address Indigenous communities’ issues and priorities in areas such as environmental stewardship, marine and pipeline safety, and employment and business opportunities in western Canada. In this capacity, Naina serves as a Co-Chair of the newly established Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committees for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and the Line 3 Replacement Program. From 2011 to 2016, Naina was Director General, Operations at Western Economic Diversification Canada, responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for WD’s programs and services in BC. Naina first joined WD-BC in May 2006 as Director of Policy, Planning and External Relations. From 2008 to 2010, she served as WD-BC’s Director of Innovation and Competitiveness. Prior to joining WD-BC, Naina was the Vice-President, Corporate Affairs at Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc. Prior to working on the Canada Line, Naina worked on public and private sector initiatives related to transportation, economic development, natural resources and health. Naina graduated with Honours in Political Science from UBC and studied communications at Simon Fraser University.

   

Ginevra Toniello, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Program Coordinator, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, North Vancouver, BC. Ginevra is the lead Archaeologist for Tsleil-Waututh Nation, where she advocates for the management and protection of archaeological and cultural heritage resources within Tsleil-Waututh territory. In addition to supervising and coordinating Archaeological Monitors for various projects, she also works to develop policies, protocols, and management and protection plans for archaeological and cultural heritage resources. Through her work, she aims to have open dialogue with various levels of government, business, and academic institutions on matters related to cultural heritage.