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Overview of Directors and Officers Duties and Liabilities

This paper provides an overview of directors’ and officers’ duties and liabilities. For individuals that are acting as directors, or contemplating acting as directors of corporations, understanding these duties and liabilities is good governance and helps to protect against liability, both for the corporation and personally. For First Nations that own corporations, understanding the scope […]

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Janelle Dwyer featured in Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Janelle Dwyer was featured in an article by Richard Foot titled “An Economic Transformation – Legal Report: Aboriginal Law” in the April 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer Magazine.  The article discusses the recent trend of greater economic development taking place in aboriginal communities and the lawyers who are assisting First Nations to reach their economic development goals. […]

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Payette v. Guay Inc., 2013 SCC 45 – Case Summary

The Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) recently released a decision upholding non-compete provisions and non-solicitation provisions negotiated in the context of the sale of a business. The Court affirmed that restrictive covenants in commercial agreements will be more generously interpreted and enforced than those in employment agreements, where the imbalance of power between employers and […]

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Legal Update: Current Issues Affecting First Nations’ Business Structures

First Nations continue to increase their use of corporate entities to conduct their commercial activities.  The band structure, as defined under the Indian Act, is not designed to conduct commercial activities and, more particularly, not designed to offer protection from liability.  The corporate structures available to First Nations’ business ventures are those available to all […]

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