Paul Seaman is a partner 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 Indigenous 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 Indigenous communities, industry groups and government on projects and transactions where the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous Peoples is engaged, and on the negotiation of agreements between Indigenous 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, the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. His academic articles on Indigenous 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 citizen of the Manitoba Métis Federation and an active member of the Métis community. He carried the torch in the 2010 Olympic torch relay on behalf of the Métis Nation of British Columbia.