Cynthia’s practice is focused on representation of First Nation, Métis and Inuit clients in consultation, rights, Title and Treaty, governance and business development matters, as well as natural resource and energy law as it intersects with Aboriginal lands, interests and economic development. Cynthia also leads her clients in negotiation of consultation and accommodation protocols and agreements. Cynthia provides advisory services to her clients on matters relating to Aboriginal businesses and lands on development agreements, joint ventures, tax planning, banking and other financial structuring.
Cynthia has significant experience as Legal Counsel with various Canadian government ministries including the Department of Justice. At the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio she advised on self-government negotiations for the Aboriginal Justice Directorate and was a Team Leader for litigation across Canada on Aboriginal Rights and Title, Treaty and Métis issues.
Cynthia holds an LLM in Comparative Aboriginal law from University of Ottawa with half the coursework at American University, Washington D.C.; LLB from University of Western Ontario; and Diplome francais-juridique from Laval University. She was a law clerk at both the Federal Court of Canada for Justice Yvon Pinard and at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice L’Heureux-Dube.
- Representation of First Nation, Métis and Inuit clients in rights, Title and Treaty matters
- Energy, forestry and other natural resource matters as they relate to Aboriginal law
- Mediation and arbitration services
- General public law and related litigation services
- Negotiation of consultation and accommodation protocols and agreements
- Advisory services on matters relating to Aboriginal businesses and lands on development agreements, joint ventures, tax planning, banking and other financial structuring
- General advisory services to industry, governments, First Nation, Métis and Inuit clients
- Membership, governance and Band Council matters
- General labour and employment advice
Professional and Community Activities
- Member of the Law Society of Ontario, Law Society of British Columbia, Law Society of Manitoba and Law Society of Nunavut; Special Authorization to Practice, Barreau du Québec
- Certified Specialist, Indigenous Legal Issues; Law Society of Ontario
- Corporate and Commercial
- Litigation and Advocacy
- Rights and Governance
- Member of the Ontario Bar Association (Aboriginal, Litigation and Labour Law sections)
- Guest Lecturer at the University of Ottawa School of Law and American University Washington College of Law
- Past Adjunct Professor at George Mason University
- Ballet Teacher and Choreographer at the Ottawa School of Dance and modern dance teacher
- Board Member and volunteer with Chelsea Nordiq Cross Country Ski Club and the Cascades Canoe Kayak Racing Club
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