Rosanne Kyle
Managing Partner

Rosanne Kyle

Rosanne has been a trusted advisor to Indigenous clients for almost 30 years, representing First Nations in litigation, negotiations, regulatory processes for resource development projects and consultation processes. It has been her privilege to work collaboratively with her clients to help achieve reconciliation of their section 35 rights.

Rosanne has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the Aboriginal law field in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers in Canada, the Doyle Guide and Chambers 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. Rosanne has been counsel to First Nations before regulatory bodies such as the National Energy Board and environmental assessment panels and represents First Nations in reconciliation agreement and treaty negotiations and implementation matters.

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Eva Roberts
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Profile

Rosanne was called to the bar in Ontario bar in 1993, British Columbia in 1996 and Alberta in 2012.

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)

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

She has appeared as litigation counsel in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario courts, including at the Supreme Court of Canada and other appellate courts. Most recently, she successfully represented Lac Seul First Nation at the Supreme Court of Canada in Southwind v. Canada, a breach of fiduciary case resulting from the illegal flooding of reserve lands.

She also represents Indigenous groups in reconciliation and Treaty negotiations with the Crown, and assists her clients with the implementation of those agreements. Her work in this area has included representing shishalh Nation in a groundbreaking Foundation Agreement, and helping Indigenous groups negotiate consent-based decision-making agreements with the Crown.

She has also been counsel to First Nations before regulatory bodies such as the National Energy Board (now Canadian Energy Regulator) and environmental assessment processes, including for the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and the Site C Dam.

Rosanne is a former adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and a guest lecturer at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. She has also published a number of articles on Aboriginal law issues, and is a regular speaker at conferences across the country.

Member, Law Society of Alberta (2012)

Member, Law Society of British Columbia’s Retention of Women in the Law Task Force, May 2008 to August 2009

Member, Law Society of British Columbia (1996)

Former Member, Law Society of Upper Canada (1993)

Member, Canadian Bar Association

November 18, 2021 – PBLI – Southwind and Equitable Compensation

March 1, 2019 – PBLI – Consultation and Accommodation Consultation and the Regulatory Approval Process

December 12, 2017 – PBLI – Aboriginal Litigation and Negotiations Update on Consultation Case Law

March 10, 2016 – PBLI – Overlapping Claims in the Treaty Process

January 19, 2016 – PBLI – Consultation and Regulatory Processes

February 5, 2015 – PBLI – Consultation and Accommodation in the Administrative Tribunal Context: the Enbridge Case Study

October 9, 2013 – PBLI – The Duty to Consult and Impact Benefit Agreements

November 21, 2012 – Insight – Consultation in the Shale Gas Era

September 12, 2012 – PBLI – Environmental Assessment: Exploring the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

May 2, 2012 – PBLI – Structuring and Drafting Impact Benefit Agreements: Key Issues

“Woman for Nature”, Nature Canada, 2014 to present

Former Board Member, Cassie & Friends, 2016 to 2018

Research Ambassador, Canadian Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, 2010 to 2015 present

Former Board Member, Children’s Arthritis Foundation, 2005 to 2014

Former Board Member, West Coast LEAF, 2007 to 2009

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