We are happy to announce that Carol Godby recently joined Westaway Law Group as Senior Counsel/Consultant. Carol has been an advocate for Indigenous clients for over 20 years and has deep experience in litigation, negotiation and dispute resolution. She has represented clients in both court and tribunal proceedings including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Indian Claims Commission, the Canadian Industrial Relations Board and the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has appeared often in proceedings before the Ontario Energy Board where proposed energy development and regulation potentially impacted her clients.
As a trusted advisor to Indigenous communities and organizations, she has provided advice on a broad range of issues including the resolution of historical claims where high value settlements were achieved and mechanisms to secure future streams of revenue for communities developed and implemented. She has advised on economic development, trust, land use and employment matters, as well, she has participated in the development of legislation with both First Nations and government. Carol works collaboratively to design approaches to improve governance, promote economic development opportunities, mitigate risks of litigation and advance the objectives and agenda of her clients.
Carol’s practice focuses on the intersection between resource development and Indigenous rights, the protection of Indigenous intellectual property and the advancement of economic development opportunities, including burgeoning areas, such as the cannabis sector, where education, health, safety and enforcement are critical factors.
Carol grew up in Timmins, Ontario. She attended Western University for her undergraduate degree in History and then obtained her L.L.B from Queens. In 2008, Carol attended Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law and earned her L.L.M in Intellectual Property where she specifically focused on the protection of Traditional Knowledge.