Kelsey McDermott

Kelsey McDermott

Kelsey is honoured to apply her expertise in corporate / commercial law, accounting and finance to support Indigenous governments, economic development and not for profit entities. She advises on matters of corporate structuring, governance, trusts, and a variety of agreements and negotiations. Since joining Mandell Pinder, Kelsey has had the opportunity to support Indigenous clients in relation to many exciting initiatives, including relating to fisheries participation and management, land use and zoning, models of Indigenous corporate ownership and charitable giving, and the establishment of a conservation area in place of mining tenures.

Our clients appreciate Kelsey’s pragmatic advice that is grounded in her finance and accounting background – she is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. 

Legal Administrative Assistant
Paula Haynes
604.681.4146 ext. 208


Kelsey was called to the bar in 2010 and joined Mandell Pinder LLP in 2018 after practicing at a Vancouver law firm specializing in business law.

LL.B, University of British Columbia (2009)

BBA (Honours), Finance, St. Francis Xavier University (2003)

In connection with large specific claim settlement, drafted Community Trust designed to support a First Nations community over multiple generations.

In connection with Reconciliation Agreement, drafted multi-Nation Trust designed to support and complement multi-Nation-owned commercial entity over medium term.

Customized modern constitution and bylaws for: Multi-Nation stewardship organization; Multi-band Nation-level entity; and community arts organization.

Designed and implemented corporate structures in variety of industries.

Drafted Governance Agreements between First Nations and their Economic Development Entities.

Negotiated agreements with Crown governments governing confidentiality and ownership of Nation sensitive information.

Negotiated valuable shareholder buy-out in dispute involving diverted corporate opportunity.

Acted for borrower in multi entity construction and operating financing.

Member, Law Society of B.C.

Member Canadian Bar Association

Member, CFA Institute & CFA Society Vancouver

Member, Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia

Past Chair and Treasurer of the Sunflower Early Learning Society.

Past Treasurer of the Central Vancouver Cycling Club.

Active in the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, having served as treasurer, co-chair and chair of the executive of the Business Law Section.

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