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BLG adds counsel to Vancouver Indigenous law group

Monday, February 01, 2021 @ 2:56 PM | By John Chunn

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) welcomed Chris Roine to the firm as counsel in the Indigenous law group and corporate and capital markets group. He will be based in BLG’s Vancouver office.

According to the firm’s press release, prior to joining the firm, Roine was director general for the western negotiations branch of Crown-Indigenous Relations, where he led a team of federal negotiators and oversaw negotiations with First Nations in British Columbia and the Yukon on behalf of the government of Canada. He was previously senior counsel at BC Hydro, where he led many aspects of First Nations engagement efforts. Prior to that he represented Indigenous organizations for many years in private practice, in a broad range of commercial transactions, ventures and First Nations governance matters.

“With his extensive experience in leading negotiations and working with First Nations communities, Chris will be an asset to the firm and our clients,” said Prema Thiele, head of BLG’s corporate and capital Markets group. “His experience representing Indigenous communities, Crown corporations and the federal government will be valuable to our clients, and demonstrates BLG’s interest in seeking collaboration and reconciliation in our mandates wherever possible.”