Janelle Dwyer Partner

Janelle Dwyer

Phone: 604.566.8554
Fax: 604.681.0959
Email: janelle@mandellpinder.com
Assistant: Paula Haynes | paulah@mandellpinder.com

Posts by Janelle Dwyer

Professional Summary

Professional Summary

Janelle is a business lawyer practicing with Mandell Pinder in the area of economic development for First Nations communities. She provides legal advice related to commercial matters, real estate, financing and corporate structuring, often using her skill and knowledge to accommodate existing corporate and land tenure models to the unique situation on reserve. Janelle’s commercial practice involves negotiations with resource companies and the Crown, and drafting and advising on agreements from the memorandum of understanding stage to the final agreement. Her real estate practice encompasses all aspects of land transactions: acquisitions, financing, development approvals, sales and leasing. She regularly advises on developing corporate entities such as limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, corporations, societies and trusts. She also works closely with First Nations on governance issues, including the development of property taxation regimes, drafting regulations, constitutions, bylaws and policies.

Some examples of the types of transactions that Janelle has been involved in include:

  • Multi-phase resort development with a championship 18 hole golf course, 5-star clubhouse and single-family sub-division.
  • Negotiations on impact benefit agreements for run-of-river hydro projects and mining projects.
  • Multi-phased, single- and multi-family residential real estate developments in Vancouver, Pemberton, Surrey and Langley.
  • Mining revenue sharing proposals from the Province of British Columbia.
  • Advising on the corporate structuring of economic development entities, including federal and provincial companies, societies and partnerships.

Janelle was called to the bar in 2000. She joined Mandell Pinder in 2005 after working with one of Canada’s national law firms.

Janelle grew up on Vancouver Island and is a member of Splatsin First Nation. She believes that healthy, prosperous Aboriginal communities require foundations of social and political justice. Her desire to facilitate economic benefits for her clients is a constant motivation in her legal work.

Publications & Presentations

Publications & Presentations

“What can Happen if Your Nation Doesn’t Have a Financial Administrative Bylaw or Financial Administrative Law?”, presented and moderated a panel discussion at First Nations Band Administration Conference hosted by Aboriginal Finance Officers Association ( British Columbia), Osoyoos, British Columbia, May 17-19, 2017.

“First Nations Income Tax Act Exemptions & Corporate Entities”, presented at First Nations and Taxation: A Pragmatic Approach conference hosted by Pacific Business & Law Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 16th & 17th, 2017.

“First Nations Dealing with the Real Estate/Commercial Lands Market” presented and moderated a panel discussion at 2nd Annual Agassiz Harrison First Nations Business Forum hosted by Sqewqel Development Corporation & Sto: Lo Nation, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, October 25 & 26, 2016.

“Designation and Project Approval”, presented at Real Estate Development on First Nations Land conference hosted by Pacific Business & Law Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, September 20-21, 2016.

“Legal Update for First Nations Governments and their Directors” presented at First Nations Band Administration Conference hosted by Aboriginal Finance Officers Association, Parksville, British Columbia, June 15-17, 2016.

“Solicitor’s Practice: Real Estate” presented at Aboriginal Lawyers Forum 5th Annual Retreat hosted by The Canadian Bar Association, Parksville, British Columbia, April 29-30, 2016.

Featured in Kerry Banks, “The High Demand for Aboriginal Lawyers” (October 27, 2015) BC Business Magazine.

“Case Study: The Jericho and Other Lands Agreement” co-presented at Aboriginal Law 2015: Current Issues hosted by Pacific Business & Law Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 26-27, 2015.

“Business Decisions: Roles/Responsibilities of a First Nation & It’s Boards of Directors” presented at AFOA BC Winter Conference, hosted by Aboriginal Finance Officers Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, December 3-5, 2014.

Featured in Richard Foot, “An Economic Transformation – Legal Report: Aboriginal Law” (April 2014) Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

“Corporate Governance: Duties of First Nations and Their Directors”, presented at the 2nd Mini LLB for Aboriginal Leadership Course, hosted by Federated Press, March 3-4, 2014.


LL.B University of British Columbia, 1999

B.A. (Honours) English Literature, University of British Columbia, 1992

Professional Standing & Affiliations

Member, Law Society of B.C. (2000)

Aboriginal, Business and Municipal Law subsections, Canadian Bar Association

Board of Governors, Langara College, 2018