Gavin Gardiner
Gavin Gardinerˆ


As a partner at Woodward and Company’s Whitehorse office, Gavin provides general counsel services with a unique understanding of the firm’s northern and remote clients. His core areas of practice are modern treaty implementation, employment law, and restorative justice.

For nearly a decade prior to studying law, Gavin assumed a variety of roles within a self-governing First Nation 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.

Gavin holds a cum laude law degree 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 was a Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation Global Policy Fellow; a role that saw him investigate the efforts of several Indigenous communities across the world as they revitalized Indigenous laws to shift from conventional Western models of governance to traditional, culturally relevant models of governance.

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Gavin Gardiner


Assistant: Lisa Spaven


Professional Standing

Member, Law Society of Yukon

Member, Law Society of Ontario

Member, Law Society of Northwest Territories


Yukon Law Foundation Scholarship, 2013-2016

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

Other Activities

Deputy Chair, Yukon Human Rights Commission

Past President, Canadian Bar Association – Yukon Branch

Marriage Commissioner, Yukon Territory