Paul Seaman Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2017 - Yukon

Year of Call: 2015 - British Columbia

Year of Call: 2014 - Alberta

Year of Call: 2011 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2731

Secondary phone: +1 416-862-3614

Fax: +1 604-443-6780


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Primary office:  Vancouver

Secondary office:  Toronto

Paul Seaman

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.

Career & Recognition

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  • Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers
  • Indigenous Bar Association    
  • Métis Nation of Greater Victoria
  • Catherine Bell & Paul Seaman. 2015. “A New Era for Métis Constitutional rights? Consultation, Negotiation and Reconciliation” Manitoba Law Journal 38(1): 29-71.
  • 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.