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Sam Adkins

Sam Adkins
Sam Adkins Partner | Vancouver
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Sam's experience includes the following:

  • Negotiating and drafting all manner of commercial agreements involving aboriginal groups (e.g., funding agreements, impact benefit agreements, joint ventures, etc.

  • Negotiating and drafting all manner of commercial and operational contracts specific to the mining sector, including contractual and corporate joint ventures, options and earn-ins, royalties, and similar agreements

  • Providing strategic advice on aboriginal-related legal matters, including consultation and regulatory processes, construction and procurement issues, and litigation and disputes

  • Providing transactional support on aboriginal-related issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, financings and other corporate transactions

  • Advising on project development on First Nation lands, including with respect to land claim agreements, historic and modern treaties, and federal land management regimes (e.g., Indian Act, First Nations Land Management Act, etc.)

  • Advising on international standards as they relate to aboriginal issues in Canada, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, anti-corruption and bribery obligations, and extractive sector policies and standards

  • Providing strategic advice and support on engaging aboriginal groups, regulators and other governmental agencies

  • Advising on environmental assessments, permitting and tenuring (particularly mineral and coal), land use and access issues, overlapping tenures, and disputes

  • Advising on corporate transactions and commercial activities, including share and asset purchases, business formations, limited partnerships, and negotiating and drafting complex commercial contracts

Awards & Recognition
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 (Indigenous Law)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019-2020 (Aboriginal Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 (Energy - Oil & Gas, Environmental Law and Indigenous Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Aboriginal Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Aboriginal Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Indigenous Law)

Professional Activities

Sam was previously a director and vice-chair of the Association for Mineral Exploration (British Columbia). He is a frequent speaker and commentator on aboriginal law issues in Canada.

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Financing and DRIPA
    UNDRIP in BC: Business Impacts and Opportunities 2020, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., January 31, 2020.
  • Speaker: Regulation and the Resource Sector
    2019 BC Legal Innovation Forum, Vancouver, B.C., November 5, 2019.
  • Speaker: The regulatory process and the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal peoples
    CAMPUT, Canada's Energy and Utility Regulators 2019 Energy Regulation Course, Kingston, Ontario, June 19, 2019.
  • Speaker: Duty of Regulators to Consider Impacts on Indigenous Rights in Decision Making
    2019 Canadian Energy Law Forum, Lake Louise, Alberta, May 8-9, 2019.
  • Speaker: Blakes Annual Aboriginal Law Update
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia, February 13-14, 2019.
Media Activities
  • Contributor: 5 Tips for Engaging First Nations during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Association for Mineral Exploration, April 14, 2020.
  • Contributor: Recognition of title rights “still a struggle” for First Nation after court win
    The Canadian Press, March 6, 2020.
  • Interviewed: Coastal GasLink : au coeur du conflit avec des chefs héréditaires Wet'suwet'en (in French only)
    Interviewed by Timothé Matte-Bergeron, Info, Radio-Canada, February 12, 2020.
  • Contributor: The Coastal GasLink dispute highlights the complicated, essential need to balance rights
    The Globe & Mail, January 24, 2020.
  • Interviewed: Wet'suwet'en stand off first real test for B.C.'s adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
    Interviewed by Stephen Quinn, CBC Radio, January 10, 2020.

Admitted to the British Columbia Bar - 2006
LL.B./B.C.L. (With Distinction, Valedictorian), McGill University, Faculty of Law - 2005
B.A. (With Distinction, History and Environmental Studies), University of Victoria, Faculty of Arts, 2001

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