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Sam Adkins

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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 – 2020–2022 (Indigenous Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – 2019–2022 (Indigenous Law, Energy – Oil & Gas, Environmental Law)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2019–2021 (Aboriginal Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2019–2021 (Aboriginal Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Aboriginal 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: Constitutional Status of Accommodation Agreements
    Developments in Aboriginal and Indigenous Law 2021, Pacific Business Law Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 19, 2021.
  • Speaker: Regulatory and Indigenous Issues
    Construction Law 2021, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, October 1, 2021.
  • Speaker: Net Zero Mining: Regulatory Developments and Industry Transitions
    Pacific Business Law Institute, Vancouver, B.C., September 16, 2021.
  • Speaker: Economic Reconciliation: the movement of goods and resources across Canada
    2021 Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase, Vancouver, B.C., May 28, 2021.
  • 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.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Changing climes, changing times
    Interviewed by Lexpert Staff, Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2020, October 27, 2020.
  • Quoted: Achieving true consultation
    Interviewed by Lexpert Staff, Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2020, October 27, 2020.
  • 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
LLB/BCL (With Distinction, Valedictorian), McGill University, Faculty of Law – 2005
BA (With Distinction, History and Environmental Studies), University of Victoria, Faculty of Arts – 2001

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