Lawyer Profile Detail
AREA OF EXPERTISE
University of Toronto
Bryn is a partner in the Litigation and Environmental, Regulatory, and Aboriginal Groups of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. His broad advocacy and advisory practice includes corporate/commercial and environmental litigation, Aboriginal law, and professional liability matters.
He has significant experience working on complex corporate/commercial litigation matters including breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation claims, shareholder disputes, securities class actions, hostile takeovers, and litigation with respect to energy projects. He has also represented physicians in professional negligence claims, proceedings before regulatory bodies and appeal tribunals, and in a Coroner’s Inquest.
In addition, Bryn has worked on a broad range of Aboriginal law and policy issues both in government and private practice and has particular expertise with respect to the duty to consult. He has acted as counsel in Aboriginal rights and duty to consult litigation and has advised clients on consultation and relationship-building with Aboriginal groups for variety of resource development and infrastructure projects. Bryn recently completed a mandate as a Ministerial Special Representative for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada on Aboriginal consultation and accommodation. In this role, he led a national engagement with Aboriginal groups, industry and other affected stakeholders and authored a detailed report to the Minister on how the federal government can improve its approach to the duty to consult.
As a former policy and legal advisor to a previous Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Bryn briefed and advised the Minister on a broad range of issues including but not limited to west coast resource development, major Aboriginal and treaty rights litigation across Canada, numerous comprehensive and specific claims and approvals with respect to reserve land, and the development of a new Federal Framework for Addressing Section 35 Aboriginal Rights.
Bryn has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, and various levels of court in Ontario. He has also appeared before several administrative tribunals including the Environmental Review Tribunal, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, and the Ontario Municipal Board.
He received his JD and Honours BA in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto. Prior to law school, he worked as a policy advisor to a former Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and as a communications advisor to a former Ontario Minister of Public Safety and Security.
An active member of the firm, Bryn is involved in mentoring, student recruitment, and diversity issues and is a member of McCarthy Tétrault’s National Pro Bono Committee. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Casey House, a specialty hospital providing care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto, and is a former director of the Sarcoma Cancer Foundation of Canada.
Transactions & Cases
First Nations group brings freedom of religion challenge to Supreme Court of Canada