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The Law Foundation of Ontario appoints new member to board of trustees

Thursday, October 01, 2020 @ 9:03 AM | By John Chunn


The Law Foundation of Ontario announced the appointment of Etienne Esquega to its board of trustees.

Esquega is principal lawyer of Esquega Law Office. Based in Fort William First Nation, he practises in the areas of Indigenous legal issues (Aboriginal law), corporate and commercial law, civil litigation and employment law.

According to the foundation’s press release, Esquega has appeared on numerous occasions before administrative tribunals, the courts of Ontario and the Federal Court. He also provides advice and representation on governance, negotiations, strategy and corporate/commercial matters. Esquega is familiar with the roles and responsibilities of trustees since he has served as a trustee for, and advised and set up, various First Nation land claim settlement trusts.

“We’re pleased to welcome Etienne to the board,” said foundation chair, Linda Rothstein. “His expertise and experience of practising law in northern Ontario and of the legal needs of Indigenous people will bring valuable insight to our grantmaking.”

Esquega earned a BA (political science) from the University of Windsor and his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the bar in 2005.

In addition to his new appointment with the foundation, he is a member of the Indigenous Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and Thunder Bay Law Association. He is also a member of the Law Society of Ontario where he is a bencher representing the Northwest Region and a tribunal member.

Esquega was born and raised in Thunder Bay and is a member of the Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek (Rocky Bay First Nation). 

Esquega replaces Isfahan Merali who stepped down after serving four years on the board.