Chair

Alan Hutchinson, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Vancouver, BC. Alan is a partner in Osler’s Corporate Group. He practises in the areas of corporate finance and securities and corporate/ commercial law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. Alan also practises in the areas of mining law and specializes in the mining sector. Alan regularly advises public companies and securities dealers in public and private financing transactions (both equity and debt), including private placements and prospectus offerings. Alan also regularly acts in take-over bids, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and joint ventures. He also advises public companies on general corporate and securities law matters, including stock exchange listings, continuous disclosure obligations and other regulatory compliance issues.

   

Faculty

Sam Adkins, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver, BC. Sam Adkins is a partner with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP primarily serving clients in the natural resources sector, with a strong focus on Indigenous and project development matters. Based out of Vancouver, Sam’s practice is national in scope, acting for clients across Canada on a wide range of Indigenous law issues, including consultation, negotiation and the regulatory process. Sam has significant industry expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and has represented clients across all project phases. Before joining Blakes, Sam held a senior position with Shell Canada responsible for Indigenous relations and negotiation on the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, British Columbia.

   

Justin Himmelright, VP, Sustainability, Skeena Resources Limited, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Himmelright has over 25 years of experience in environmental management and developing social licence for natural resource projects. He’s a graduate of Simon Fraser University (B.Sc.) and the University of British Columbia (M. Eng.) and is a Registered Professional Biologist in BC. Mr. Himmelright previously served as Vice President responsible for sustainability matters for several publicly listed companies and has also worked as a consultant to Indigenous communities on mining proposals within their Territories and with non-profit organizations.

   

Kevin O'Callaghan, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver, BC. Kevin is leader of his firm’s Indigenous Law group, and provides strategic advice on managing projects through environmental assessment and consultation with Indigenous peoples, including advice on negotiations and agreements. If unavoidable conflicts arise during project development, Kevin appears before courts, tribunals and arbitration panels to assist his forestry, mining, and oil and gas clients on challenges to licenses (including judicial review and title litigation) by local communities, non-governmental organizations and Indigenous communities, as well as related injunction proceedings. Kevin has appeared as counsel for industry stakeholders in a number of critical Aboriginal cases at the Supreme Court of Canada.

   

Jennifer Poirier, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Jennifer Poirier is a partner in the Securities Group at Cassels. Jennifer has experience acting for issuers and dealers in connection with public offerings, private placements and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Jennifer advises private and public companies with respect to general corporate and securities laws issues, including corporate governance and continuous disclosure obligations. Jennifer also has experience coordinating and completing due diligence in a variety of industries and drafting and advising on a range of agreements, such as option agreements, memorandums of understanding, consulting agreements and partnership agreements.

   

Patrick Sullivan, Associate, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Vancouver, BC. Patrick specializes in mining law and advises a wide range of clients in the mining industry. He has significant experience with joint venture, option, mineral property acquisition, royalty and streaming agreements as well as assisting clients with mineral tenure issues. He regularly advises on public and private mergers and acquisitions, shareholder rights plans, corporate finance transactions, reorganizations, issuer bids, compliance with stock exchange rules and continuous disclosure obligations. Patrick has also advised the underwriters and/or creditors with respect to a wide range of corporate finance transactions. Additionally, he advises on corporate governance matters including proxy contests and other shareholder disputes.