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 and public law, and professional liability matters.
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, and in a Coroner’s Inquest.
Bryn has particular expertise in Aboriginal law and has worked on a broad range of Aboriginal law and policy issues both in government and private practice. 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, energy, and infrastructure projects. Bryn has also acted as counsel to interveners in precedent setting Aboriginal and constitutional law cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, including Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia and Courtoreille v. Governor General of Canada.
In addition to his work in private practice, Bryn has previously worked on behalf of the federal government on Aboriginal law and policy issues. As a Ministerial Special Representative for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 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.
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 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.