'Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction' - Albert Einstein
Derek’s practice is focused in the areas of Aboriginal, Commercial and Environmental Law. He has worked with a wide range of clients across Atlantic Canada including Aboriginal governments, individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations and financial institutions. Derek advises his clients on various legal issues such as:
- Consultation, Negotiations and Litigation related to major energy and resource projects, including environmental assessments and impact and benefit agreements;
- Treaty Implementation, Self-Government and Land Claim negotiations;
- Economic Development and Taxation; and
- Governance and Land Management.
He has represented his clients in the courts of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador and in Federal Court on issues including Aboriginal rights, Charter rights, consultation and accommodation, and environmental protection.
Derek also dedicates volunteer time to several community organizations. He serves on the executive of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Aboriginal Law Section. Derek has written and presented on various topics, including Aboriginal law, taxation and economic development, renewable energy, and protected areas.
Derek studied business at Wilfrid Laurier University, law at the University of Victoria, and Indigenous law at Victoria University Wellington (New Zealand). He has Certificates in Negotiation from Osgoode Hall Law School and Indigenous Negotiation Skills Training from the Banff Centre.
Derek enjoys camping and the outdoors. Derek and his wife Cheryl live in Dartmouth.