Rosanne Kyle has practiced in the areas of aboriginal and environmental law for over 20 years. Her practice focuses on litigation, regulatory processes for resource development projects, consultation issues and negotiations.
She has appeared as litigation counsel in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario courts, including at the appellate level. She has also been counsel to First Nations before regulatory bodies such as the National Energy Board and environmental assessment panels. She has experience negotiating revenue-sharing agreements, First Nation consultation protocols and related agreements. She also represents First Nations in treaty negotiations and treaty implementation matters. She has been called to the Bar in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.
Rosanne is a former adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, and is an annual guest lecturer at Simon Fraser University. She has also published a number of articles on aboriginal law issues, and is a regular speaker at conferences across the country. For the last several years, she has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the aboriginal law field in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and is also listed in Best Lawyers in Canada. She was also asked to become a “Woman for Nature” with Nature Canada, in recognition of her work in the aboriginal and environmental law fields.
In her work with First Nations, Rosanne strives to be a trusted advisor to her clients on the important issues they face. It has been her privilege to work collaboratively with her clients to help achieve reconciliation of their section 35 rights.
Outside of work, Rosanne enjoys camping, kayaking and hiking with her husband and two children.
LL.M University of British Columbia, 1996 (focus on aboriginal issues)
LL.B University of Western Ontario, 1991 (with distinction)
B.A. Hon. McMaster University, 1988 (with distinction)
During her academic years, Rosanne received the following awards:
Law Foundation Fellowship, 1995
The Carswell Prize in Conflicts of Law, 1991
The Davies, Ward and Beck Prize, 1990
The Margaret H. McNulty Award, 1989
The Middlesex Law Association Entrance Award, 1988
The Dr. Harry Lyman Hooker Scholarship, 1987
University Scholarship, 1986
Dalley Scholarship, 1985
The Chancellor’s Scholarship, 1984
Dean’s Honour List, 1985 to 1991
Professional Standing & Affiliations
Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law (“Litigating Aboriginal Rights”), 2000-2004
Guest Lecturer, Simon Fraser University, 2005 to present
Member, Law Society of British Columbia’s Retention of Women in the Law Task Force, May 2008 to August 2009
Former Board Member, West Coast LEAF, 2007 to 2009
Former Board Member, Children’s Arthritis Foundation, 2005 to 2014
Research Ambassador, Canadian Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, 2010 to present
“Woman for Nature”, Nature Canada, 2014 to present