Matt first started working with Woodward & Company as a co-op student in 2010. He received his law degree from the University of Victoria in 2011 and was called to the British Columbia bar in August 2012 after completing his articles with Woodward & Company. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Lethbridge in 2007 and graduated with honours with great distinction.
Matt is most interested in working with First Nations to protect Aboriginal and Treaty rights and ensuring First Nations can continue to exercise their rights in a meaningful way throughout their traditional territories. He is also very interested in First Nations governance, law development, and furthering the self-government initiatives of First Nations.
Matt has experience representing First Nations with respect to the Crown’s duty of consultation and accommodation. As an articled student, he assisted Dominique Nouvet and Jay Nelson with the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s successful injunction application against Taseko Mines Ltd., which prevented Taseko from conducting further “exploratory work” in Tsilhqot’in territory until adequate consultation had taken place.
Selected Cases, Presentations & Publications
Taseko Mines Ltd. v. Phillips, 2011 BCSC 1675.
“Financial Vulnerability Assessment: Who Would Pay for Oil Tanker Spills Associated with the Northern Gateway Pipeline?”, The Living Ocean’s Society, Victoria, BC, October 2010. Prepared under the supervision of Calvin Sandborn.
“British Columbia Update: West Coast Provincial Policies Ebb and Flow”, Ontario Bar Association Aboriginal Law Section. Toronto, ON, December 2011. Co-authored with Drew Mildon.
Assistant: Sarah McMillan
Member, Law Society of B.C. (2012)
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, CBA Aboriginal Law Vancouver Island Subsection
Director at Large, CBA Aboriginal Law Vancouver Island Subsection
Rocky Raccoon Award – UVic Environmental Law Clinic, 2010
Dean’s List Scholarship – University of Lethbridge (awarded on the basis of academic merit), 2003-2007
Volunteer Leader, 4-H Club
Rock climbing, hunting and fishing, camping, snowboarding, surfing, skimboarding, and adventure racing.