Gavin Gardiner
Gavin Gardiner


Gavin practices primarily out of Woodward and Company’s Whitehorse office. For nearly a decade prior to studying law, Gavin worked for a Self-Governing First Nation in many roles, including Legislation/Policy Analyst, Implementation and Negotiation Official, and Executive Director. He began at Woodward and Company as a summer student in 2015 before clerking at the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

His practice interests include: modern treaty implementation, traditional law revitalization, and restorative justice. In each of these areas, Gavin combines his legal training with experience. Gavin has previous training in community-based peacemaking circles and was a Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation Global Fellow. In that role, he investigated the efforts of several Indigenous communities across the world as they shift from conventional western models of governance to traditional, culturally relevant models of governance.

Gavin holds a Law Degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa, a certificate in Mediation and Negotiation from the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts (Double Honours) in English and Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.


Gavin Gardiner


Assistant: Shannon Rasmussen


Professional Standing

Member, Law Society of Yukon

Member, Law Society of Upper Canada


Yukon Law Foundation Scholarship, 2013-2016

Martin Mason Prize in Constitutional Law, University of Ottawa, 2015

Other Activities

Deputy Chair, Yukon Human Rights Commission

Vice-President, Canadian Bar Association – Yukon Branch

Director, Upstream Institute for a Healthy Society

Marriage Commissioner, Yukon Territory