Biographical note: Thomas Isaac

Tom Isaac is a nationally recognized authority in the area of Aboriginal law. He also advises clients across Canada on Aboriginal legal matters and related environmental assessment, regulatory, negotiations and constitutional issues affecting major projects. His litigation practice is national in scope and focuses on representing industry in Aboriginal related matters.

Mr. Isaac has extensive national experience advising energy, oil, gas, pipeline, mining and forestry companies, lenders and investors, as well as federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments and agencies on Aboriginal and project-related regulatory and environmental matters. He regularly negotiates on behalf of industry and governments with respect to impact, benefit and access agreements with Aboriginal groups, and he advises on Aboriginal consultation and accommodation processes and agreements.

Mr. Isaac has represented industry and government clients before the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Canada, Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Divisional Court, British Columbia Court of Appeal, British Columbia Supreme Court, Northwest Territories Supreme Court, Yukon Supreme Court, National Energy Board, Ontario Energy Board and British Columbia Environmental Appeal Board.

He is a former Chief Treaty Negotiator for the Government of British Columbia and former Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for establishing Nunavut for the Government of the Northwest Territories. He also served in a senior capacity with the Government of Saskatchewan dealing with Aboriginal issues.

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