Janelle is a member of the Splatsin First Nation and a business lawyer at Mandell Pinder LLP. She provides legal advice related to commercial matters, real estate, financing and corporate structuring, including impact benefit agreements, asset purchases and other matters tied to the economic development for First Nations. Janelle negotiates on behalf of First Nations with private companies and the Crown, and drafts and advises 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 also regularly advises on setting up or re-designing corporate entities such as partnerships, corporations, societies and trusts. She also works closely with First Nations on governance issues, including drafting regulations, constitutions, bylaws and policies. Janelle has been a lawyer since 2000 and is proud to be serving First Nations in her work.
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
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.
“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.
“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.