Drew Lafond

Partner

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Office: Calgary

Main: (403) 693-4336

Fax: (403) 508-4349

Education & Qualifications

  • Alberta Bar (2011)
  • JD (Victoria, 2009)
  • BA with honours (Saskatchewan, 2006)

Drew Lafond represents First Nations clients throughout Alberta. His focus is on First Nation economic development, corporate structure, finance, governance, taxation, oil and gas development, and liquor and gaming licensing.

Drew  has experience in designing and restructuring policies for First Nation clients related to financial management, housing and elections. He has dealt extensively with share purchase, asset purchase, limited partnership, joint venture and impact benefit agreements.

He has appeared before the Alberta Court of Appeal, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Federal Court of Canada to argue matters relating to First Nation election appeals, Treaty rights and Métis Harvesting Rights.

  • Director, Indigenous Bar Association (2009-present)
  • President, University of Victoria Indigenous Law Students’ Association (2007-2008)
  • Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot (2008)
  • UBC First Nations Legal Clinic (2009)
  • The Honourable Thomas A. Dohm Shield
  • Keith B. Jobson Award
  • Chief Michael A. Underwood Memorial Scholarship
  • James Gosnell AFN Heroes of Our Time Award
  • Canadian Millennium Bursary (2007-2009)
  • “The need for an Implementation Policy for the Numbered Treaties,” conference hosted by the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, The Way Forward:  Envisioning Treaty Rights in Modern Resource Management (February 2016)
  • Presented on behalf of the Indigenous Bar Association to the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples regarding Bill S-3, an act to eliminate sex-based inequities in the Indian Act (May 16, 2017)