Maxime Faille, leader of Gowling WLG's firm-wide Aboriginal Law Group, has relocated from the firm's Ottawa office to Vancouver, where he will continue to serve clients across the country. The strategic move comes in response to the rapidly expanding needs of the firm's Indigenous clients across British Columbia.
Over the course of his career, Faille has developed one of the country's most robust Indigenous law practices, working closely with Indigenous governments and businesses across Canada, as well as private sector interests seeking to do business with Indigenous communities. This work has focused largely on Aboriginal and treaty rights, First Nation taxation, self-government, Aboriginal consultation and accommodation, Impact and Benefit Agreements and Aboriginal economic development.
"After nearly two decades at the firm, Max continues to impress us with his bold leadership style and commitment to achieving the very best results for our clients," said Peter Lukasiewicz, CEO of Gowling WLG Canada. "In recent years, the West Coast has seen heightened demand for first-class Indigenous law expertise. From our Vancouver office, Max will be ideally positioned to grow our Aboriginal Law Group while continuing to advise clients across the country."
Faille is frequently recognized as one of Canada's top Aboriginal lawyers by leading ranking organizations, including Chambers, Lexpert and Benchmark. Earlier this year, Faille's litigation skills and dedication to clients were formally recognized at the 2016 Benchmark Canada Awards, where he was named Aboriginal Lawyer of the Year.
"As Indigenous legal matters in British Columbia continue to grow more complex and face higher stakes, our Aboriginal law team has risen to the occasion time and time again, consistently achieving superior outcomes for our clients," said Faille. "I'm excited to work with members of the Vancouver office to build upon that tradition of excellence, both in B.C. and across Canada."
Gowling WLG's Aboriginal Law Group has served as counsel to Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples - as well as industry and governments clients working with Indigenous communities - for more than half a century. In that time, the firm has been instrumental in precedent-setting resource development projects, self-government agreements and Supreme Court cases.