Bryn helps clients resolve complex commercial and Aboriginal law disputes and navigate the complex Aboriginal law and policy landscape in Canada.
Bryn is a partner specializing in Aboriginal law and corporate/commercial disputes. He is a member of our Litigation and Environmental, Regulatory & Aboriginal Law groups.
Bryn is recognized as a leading lawyer in Aboriginal law in the Canadian Lexpert Directory.
He works with clients to build positive relationships with Aboriginal groups, with a specific focus on resource development, energy and infrastructure projects. He regularly advises clients on issues relating to consultation and accommodation, environmental assessments and permitting, negotiating agreements, project finance issues, litigation risk and risk management strategies, and obtaining approvals with respect to the use of reserve land.
Bryn brings a unique perspective to the table for the clients he works with given his prior work on Aboriginal issues in and for the federal government. As a Ministerial Special Representative for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, he led a national engagement with Aboriginal groups, industry and other affected stakeholders on how the federal government can improve its approach to the duty to consult and authored a detailed report to the Minister titled Building Relationships and Advancing Reconciliation Through Meaningful Consultation. He also served as a former policy and legal advisor to a previous Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. In this role, he briefed and advised the Minister on a broad range of issues, including treaty and specific claim negotiations, major Aboriginal and treaty rights litigation, and approvals with respect to reserve land.
Transferring this knowledge to his legal practice, Bryn provides practical advice to his clients to help them achieve their objectives coupled with the ability to anticipate a range of issues that may arise.
Bryn also brings significant litigation experience to the table. He has acted as counsel in Aboriginal rights and duty to consult litigation, disputes relating to revenue-sharing arrangements, and for interveners in precedent-setting Aboriginal and constitutional law cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, including Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada and Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia, which was recognized by Lexpert as one of the Top 10 Business Decisions in 2018.
Bryn has significant experience working on complex corporate/commercial litigation matters, including litigation relating to energy projects, breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation claims, shareholder disputes, securities class actions and hostile takeovers. Bryn has also represented physicians in professional negligence claims, proceedings before regulatory bodies and appeal tribunals. He has worked on numerous precedent-setting cases, including a recent dismissal of a proposed US$20-billion securities class action, which received a “National Impact Case Award” from Benchmark Litigation Canada.
Bryn has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada, the New Brunswick Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. 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. Bryn frequently speaks at conferences on Aboriginal law and policy issues.
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 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. He has also represented LGBTQ organizations in both an advisory and litigation pro bono matters.
Bryn received his JD and Honours BA in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto.