Brenda E. Gaertner, Partner, Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Gaertner was called to the Bar in 1984 and is one of the founding partners of Mandell Pinder LLP. She provides advice to Indigenous governments on Aboriginal title and rights, modern (self) government, natural resource management and economic development. Ms. Gaertner’s work primarily focuses on negotiations and facilitation, including governance and resource management, impact-benefit agreements, and economic development within traditional territories and on reserves. She assists in the formation of improved working relationships amongst First Nations, other governments and business partners in a variety of ways. Ms. Gaertner is particularly interested in working with Indigenous governments to create modern governance structures for land and resource management, economic development and government-to-government relations. Throughout her career, she has worked with Aboriginal people in their pursuit of the recognition of Aboriginal title and rights to healthy fisheries and aquatic resources, helping to find ways to ensure that those fisheries and resources are sustained for present and future generations. Ms. Gaertner has a long history of working with First Nations who rely upon the fisheries of the Fraser River. Recently, she was lead counsel for the First Nations Coalition before the Cohen Commission.
Tim Leadem, Q.C., Western Canada Program Director, Ecojustice, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Leadem joined Ecojustice as a Staff Lawyer in 2010, bringing with him a distinguished legal track record. He has a master’s degree in zoology and studied environment physiology in fish prior to becoming a lawyer. During the 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Leadem acted for environmental groups and people who protested clear-cut logging in BC. His work was integral in defending people who engaged in civil disobedience in such places as Clayoquot Sound, Walbran Creek, Tsitika Creek and Strathcona Park. Mr. Leadem also sat on the boards of the Sierra Club and West Coast Environmental Law. He joined the Government of BC as a litigator in the mid-1990s and was involved in a wide range of cases at every level of court, establishing a respected track record that resulted in him being appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2000. Recently, Mr. Leadem was lead counsel for the Conservation Coalition before the Cohen Commission. A graduate of the University of Victoria law school, Mr. Leadem has authored papers on legal topics and is a frequent speaker on litigation matters.


Wendy A. Baker, Q.C.
Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
Vancouver, BC
Marja K. Bulmer
Senior Counsel, Department of Justice Canada
Vancouver, BC
Lisa C. Glowacki
Associate, Ratcliff & Company LLP
North Vancouver, BC
Hugh MacAulay
Counsel, Department of Justice Canada
Vancouver, BC
Sean Nixon
Staff Lawyer, Ecojustice
Vancouver, BC
Dominique Nouvet
Lawyer, Woodward & Company LLP
Victoria, BC
Leah Pence
Associate, Mandell Pinder LLP
Vancouver, BC
Jordan Point
Executive Director, First Nations Fisheries Council
West Vancouver, BC
Crystal Reeves
Associate, Mandell Pinder LLP
North Vancouver, BC
Dr. Brian Riddell
President & CEO, Pacific Salmon Foundation
Vancouver, BC
Paul Sprout
Director, Pacific Salmon Foundation
Commissioner, Pacific Salmon Treaty
Nanaimo, BC
Brian J. Wallace, Q.C.
Senior Commission Counsel, Cohen Commission
Victoria, BC
Janice H. Walton
Counsel, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Vancouver, BC
Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
Principal & Senior Legal Counsel, White Raven Law Corporation
Surrey, BC