Drew Lafond provides advice to businesses on corporate structure, finance, governance and cannabis, liquor and gaming licensing. He also has extensive experience advising Indigenous and Métis clients on governance and jurisdictional issues.
Drew advises clients on matters related to economic development, gaming, housing, commercial leasing, corporate governance, structure and finance.
Drew has also worked on nearly all aspects of the commercial side of cannabis, including incorporating and organizing licensed producers under the medical and recreational regimes, setting up licensed retailers in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, and advising on the process and considerations required to regulate on-reserve cannabis.
Drew was raised in Treaty 6 territory on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation reserve and is also of Shuswap descent from the Simpcw First Nation in British Columbia.
- President, Indigenous Bar Association (2019-present)
- Director, Indigenous Bar Association (2009-2019)
- President, University of Victoria Indigenous Law Students’ Association (2007-2008)
- Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot (2008)
- UBC Indigenous Legal Clinic (2009)
- A leading practitioner, Indigenous, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
- Rising Star Award, Lexpert (2018)
- 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)
- Course Instructor, University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Indigenous Business Law (2019)
- Guest lecturer at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law (Indigenous Businesses and Economic Development) and the University of Calgary Faculty of Law (Indigenous Jurisdiction on Reserve)
- “UN Human Rights Committee Rules Indian Act is Discriminatory in McIvor Case,” ABlawg.ca, University of Calgary Faculty of Law (January 2019)
- “Barring Claims Against Discriminatory Legislation: Canada v Canada,” ABlawg.ca, University of Calgary Faculty of Law (June 2018)
- “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)