Bryn is a partner specializing in Aboriginal law and corporate/commercial disputes. He is a member of our Litigation and Environmental, Regulatory and Aboriginal Law groups.
He 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. He 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 $20B USD securities class action which received a “National Impact Case Award” from Benchmark Litigation Canada.
Bryn has extensive expertise in Aboriginal law and is recognized as a leading lawyer in this area in the Canadian Lexpert Directory. He has worked on a broad range of Aboriginal law and policy issues across Canada both in government and private practice and regularly advises clients on Aboriginal and environmental issues relating to resource development, energy, and infrastructure projects. This includes relationship building and early engagement, consultation and accommodation, environmental assessments and permitting issues, negotiating agreements with Aboriginal groups, project finance issues, litigation risk and risk management strategies, and obtaining approvals with respect to the use of reserve land. He has also 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 recently recognized by Lexpert as one of the Top 10 Business decisions in 2018.
In addition to his work in private practice, Bryn brings a unique perspective to the table for his clients 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. Bryn also previously 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 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 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.
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.