Gary has extensive experience working as a lawyer and advisor in various industries. He practices in a number of areas of business law, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, capital markets and securities, corporate finance, energy and technology.
He regularly advises Canadian and international companies, underwriters, investors and professional advisors on a range of transactions, including IPO’s, private placements, RTO’s, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate governance, compensation programs, private equity, venture capital, partnerships, joint ventures and reorganization transactions. He has managed many legal teams on significant, complex transactions.
Gary also represents a number of Indigenous Communities, and their institutions across Canada on business transactions, the formation of economic development groups and other matters focused principally on governance and wealth creation. Gary often works as co-counsel to leading national law firms specializing in Aboriginal law who focus on land claims negotiations, aboriginal and treaty rights advocacy, and consultations with government and industry. Gary provides advice on major commercial and industrial developments and impact benefit agreements throughout Canada, including in respect of infrastructure, energy transmission, renewable energy generation, logistics and transportation projects.
Gary is a repeatedly recommended lawyer in the 2021 Canadian Legal LEXPERT™ Directory in Indigenous Law, as well as a leading lawyer in The 2023 Best Lawyers™ in Canada publication in the area of Indigenous Law.
Gary has been a member of the Board of Directors of a number of publicly traded and private corporations in various industries. Currently, he is a director of a publicly-traded wireless technology company, a private utility company providing clean energy solutions, a private managed equipment services company providing turn-key and fully financed equipment solutions in the health care sector, and a private project management and service delivery platform company providing wealth generation systems for First Nations and their service providers. He has sat on various committees of these Boards, including the Audit and Risk Management Committee, Corporate Governance Committee (Chair) and Compensation and Human Resources Committee. As a result of his legal training and past involvement in various private businesses as an investor, owner and operator, he is actively sought out as a sounding board by his clients on both legal and business matters.
Aboriginal Law / Indigenous Practice
WP Pensions + Benefits 2022 Virtual Conference
The Essentials of Aboriginal Economic Development Deals by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), May 12 2020
Part One: Economic Development Groups – Legal Structures and Tax Immunity;
Part Two: Board of Director Roles and Responsibilities, Duties and Governance; and
Part Three: Enabling a Dynamic Board Governance Principals and Checklists) – January 2 and 3, 2018
Ontario First Nations Economic Development Workshop: January 18, 2017
October 13, 2016
3rd Annual Indigenous Trust and Investment Conference and Annual General Meeting by NATOA (National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association), June 1, 2016
Society of Trust and Estate Professionals, Winnipeg, March 15, 2016
2016 Aboriginal Financial Officers’ Association Canada National Conference, February 18, 2016
CANDO’S (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) 22nd Annual National Conference and AGM, October 28, 2015
2014 Aboriginal Financial Officers’ Association Ontario Annual Conference, November 20, 2014
2014 Aboriginal Financial Officers’ Association Canada National Conference, February 25-27, 2014
Insight Conference, 7th Annual Aboriginal Energy Forum, December 2013
2013 Ontario WaterPower Association Conference, July 29-30, 2013
Fogler Rubinoff LLP Client Seminar, March 2013
October 2012 Transportation Conference
Maurice Law Conference, First Nations’ Specific Claims: Guiding Principles and Keys to Success, December 2010
Pacific and Business Law Institute, Canadian Aboriginal Law Forum, November 2010
Insight Conference, 4th Annual Aboriginal Law Forum, October 2010