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Paul Seaman
Associate

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 2015 - British Columbia

Year of Call: 2014 - Alberta

Year of Call: 2011 - Ontario

Primary Office: Vancouver

Secondary Office: Toronto

Paul Seaman

Paul Seaman is an associate at Gowling WLG. He has a national practice focused on the energy industry, and works out of the firm's Vancouver and Toronto offices. 

A member of the firm's Aboriginal and Environmental Law groups, Paul advises a variety of clients on a broad range of legal problems, with an emphasis on complex commercial, regulatory and constitutional matters. He regularly advises Aboriginal communities, industry groups and government on projects and transactions where the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal Peoples is engaged, and on the negotiation of agreements between Aboriginal communities, industry and government in those circumstances.

His advocacy includes representing clients before the National Energy Board, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada, the Ontario Divisional Court, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. His academic articles on Aboriginal business and legal issues have been published in Canada and internationally.

Prior to practising law, Paul designed and managed a high speed Internet Protocol network for one of Canada’s largest cable providers. While in this role, he designed the fibre optic network for a school board, assisted in the design of a high-availability commercial metropolitan Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) network and consulted with the RCMP on lawful intercept technology.

Paul is a proud member and former director of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria, and carried the torch in the 2010 Olympic torch relay on behalf of the Métis Nation of British Columbia.


2015

Year of Call, British Columbia

2014

Year of Call, Alberta

2011

Year of Call, Ontario

University of Victoria, LLB

University of Regina, BBA

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2015

2015

Year of Call, British Columbia

2014

2014

Year of Call, Alberta

2011

2011

Year of Call, Ontario

University of Regina, BBA

University of Victoria, LLB

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SCC recognizes federal jurisdiction to deal with Métis and non-status Indian peoples

Multiple Authors

Article April 15, 2016

Divisional Court declines to award costs sought by hydroelectric dam operator and OPA

Paul Seaman, Scott A. Smith

Article December 1, 2015

Could First Nations demand consultation on the Hydro One privatization?

Paul Seaman

Article June 1, 2015

Tribunal holds that Crown breached lawful obligation by withholding treaty annuities

Multiple Authors

Article May 1, 2015

British Columbia Court of Appeal allows tort claims by First Nations based on Aboriginal title and rights to proceed to trial

Paul Seaman, Scott A. Smith

Article April 1, 2015

Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund update

Multiple Authors

Article January 1, 2015

Canadian technology law issues 2011/12

Multiple Authors

Article July 6, 2011

Betting on Reconciliation: Law, Self-Governance, and First Nations Economic Development in Canada

Multiple Authors

Article April 6, 2011

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EXTERNAL PUBLICATIONS &
PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Catherine Bell & Paul Seaman. “A New Era for Métis Constitutional rights? Consultation, Negotiation and Reconciliation” Manitoba Law Journal Vol. 38 (forthcoming).
  • Paul Seaman, Scott Robertson & Robert Ford. 2011. "Investing According to Indigenous Tradition: An Assessment of Indigenous Laws and Investment Opportunities" Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development 7(2):105-113.
  • Paul Seaman, Brenda Pritchard & David Potter. 2011. "Betting on Reconciliation: Law, Self-Governance, and First Nations Economic Development in Canada" Gaming Law Review and Economics 15(4): 203-215.

Client Work

Federal Court of Appeal opens door to renewed Treaty 8 tax immunity claim

Client Work May 25, 2014

Federal Court of Appeal confirms that Métis are “Indians” and fall under federal jurisdiction

Client Work April 17, 2014

NextEra Energy in joint venture with Enbridge and Borealis to bid for opportunity to develop new power transmission in Northern Ontario

Client Work September 24, 2012

Agro-Farma wins Greek yogurt supply management battle in Federal Court

Client Work July 31, 2012

Industry Canada blocks US$36.8 billion hostile takeover bid by BHP Billiton Group of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

Client Work March 11, 2010

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