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Jen has over 9 years of experience providing strategic and legal advice to First Nations and economic development corporations in the areas of governance, land management and consultation & accommodation.  

She regularly advises Aboriginal groups in negotiations with governments and proponents with respect to lands and the natural resource sector. 

Jen’s select work experience includes:

  • acting as lead counsel on a number of successful Impact Benefit Agreements and other accommodation agreements with both industry and government, including the transfer of 185 hectares of lands as part of an accommodation agreement with the Province for the approval of a ski and sightseeing resort, and securing over $200 million dollars in procurement as part of an agreement with proponent; 

  • working with economic development corporations in structuring and pursuing partnerships to realize meaningful and sustainable business opportunities, including a partnership to act as general contractor for a large scale pipeline project;

  • acting as lead counsel and negotiator on commercial and residential development leases on reserve lands;

  • advancing Aboriginal Title and Rights by assisting Nations in developing various governance policies; and 

  • acting as lead counsel for Indigenous communities in the BC Treaty process.

Jen takes a practical, solutions-based approach to her work. She is passionate about assisting her clients in reaching their social and economic goals and doing so in a manner that is respectful of the Nation’s wishes and on their own terms. Jen is proud of the close-knit relationships that she forms with our clients and always feels privileged to be welcomed into their Territories. 

Jen is from the Delaware Nation (Moravian of the Thames Band) in southwestern Ontario. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2009. When not practicing law, Jen can be found horseback riding, paddle boarding or spending time exploring the outdoors with her husband, son and their dog, Tiko.

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LL.B, 2008 

 

Professional Standing and Memberships

  • Law Society of British Columbia (2009)

  • Indigenous Bar Association