Leah Pence, Associate, Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver, BC. Leah’s work includes advocacy, negotiations, and strategic advice. As a litigator she has been involved in cases dealing with Aboriginal title and rights, assessment and taxation, First Nations’ self-governance, and a variety of environmental issues. Leah is also involved in pursuing the settlement of First Nations’ historic grievances through negotiations and before the Specific Claims Tribunal. She was co-counsel in Williams Lake Indian Band v Canada (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development), which dealt with the Crown’s breaches of its fiduciary obligations in failing to protect the Band’s village in what is now downtown Williams Lake. Leah believes in the possibilities of the law for advancing First Nations’ rights and prosperity and is committed to finding creative ways to assist her clients to meet their goals.




Angie Bain, Researcher, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Vancouver, BC.


Donald R. Colborne, Lawyer, Victoria, BC.

  Carly Fox, Partner, Maurice Law, Redwood Meadows, AB.

Craig Gideon, Director, Lands, Territories and Resources, Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa, ON.


Councillor Rick Gilbert, Williams Lake Indian Band, Williams Lake, BC.

  Kate Gunn, Associate, First Peoples Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC.

Darwin Hanna, Partner, Callison & Hanna, Vancouver, BC.


Councillor John Jack, Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Vancouver Island, BC.


Allan Koebel, Senior Associate, Kent-Macpherson, Kelowna, BC.

  Robyn Laba, Senior Researcher, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Vancouver, BC.
  Stefan Matiation, Director General, Specific Claims Branch, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Gatineau, QC.
  Clarine Ostrove, Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver, BC
  John Peebles, Land Ethic Consulting Inc., Victoria, BC.
  Chief Fred Sampson, Siska Indian Band, Lytton, BC.
  Kendra Shupe, Associate, Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver, BC.
  The Honourable Harry A. Slade, Chairperson, Specific Claims Tribunal, BC Supreme Court, Vancouver, BC.