Board of Directors

Indigenous Bar Association is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, with administrative support.

Scott Robertson

Scott Robertson

President

srobertson@indigenousbar.ca

Drew Lafond

Drew Lafond

Vice-President

Drew was raised in Treaty 6 territory on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation reserve and is also of Shuswap descent from the Simpcw First Nation in British Columbia. He advises First Nations and Metis communities on matters related to economic development, gaming, housing, commercial leasing, and corporate governance, structure and finance. 

dlafond@indigenousbar.ca

Brooks Arcand-Paul

Brooks Arcand-Paul

Treasurer & Secretary

barcand-paul@indigenousbar.ca

Naiomi Metallic

Naiomi Metallic

Member-at-large

Naiomi is from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in Gespe’gewa’gi.  Naiomi W. Metallic is an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where she holds the Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy. She holds a BA (Dalhousie), an LLB (Dalhousie), an LLL (Ottawa) and an LLM (Osgoode).  She was also a law clerk to the Hon. Michel Bastarache of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2006-2007.  Naiomi still continues to practice law with Burchells LLP in Halifax (where she practised for nearly a decade before joining the law school, primarily in the firm’s Aboriginal law group).  She has been named to the Best Lawyer in Canada® list in Aboriginal law since 2015 and was chosen for Canadian Lawyers’ Magazine 2018 Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in the area of Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal law.  As a legal scholar, she is most interested in writing about how the law can be harnessed to promote the well-being and self-determination of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Teresa Edwards

Teresa Edwards

Member-at-large

Alexandria (Ajay) Winterburn

Alexandria (Ajay) Winterburn

Member-at-large

Alexandria (Ajay) is Mohawk and Abenaki and from the turtle clan.

She received her JD from the University of Toronto, and her BA (hons) from the University of Alberta. Alexandria is an associate with Pape Salter Teillet LLP and specializes in Indigenous rights and Aboriginal law with a focus on issues including the duty to consult, negotiation and implementation of modern treaties and governance agreements, and partnerships between industry and Indigenous peoples. She is called to the bar in Ontario and Manitoba.

Victoria Perrie

Victoria Perrie

Member-at-large

Victoria Perrie is a member of the Cree and Red River Metis Nations, while being raised in Ojibway traditions. She is also from the wolf clan.

Victoria Perrie received both her Bachelor of Arts with Double Majors in Criminology and Psychology and her Juris Doctor from the University of Manitoba. Victoria is a student-at-law with Gilbert McGloan Gillis in Saint John New Brunswick where her focus is on Indigenous and women’s rights and civil litigation. She will be called to the bar in June 2019.

Laura Sharp

Laura Sharp

Student Representative

Pam Watson

Pam Watson

Student Representative

Pam Watson is an Nêhiyaw Iskwew from the Chacachas First Nation and was raised on the Ochapowace First Nation. Pam obtained a Bachelor of Indian Social Work, from the First Nations University of Canada, in 2006 and a Master’s Certificate in Public Management, from the University of Regina, in 2012. Before attending law school, Pam spent many years working for Indigenous communities across Canada. Pam is now attending the University of Saskatchewan and is in her first year of obtaining a Juris Doctor degree.

 

Anne Chalmers

Administrative Support

70 Pineglen Crescent
Ottawa, ON
K2G 0G8

achalmers@indigenousbar.ca

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