Scott A. Smith Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2017 - Yukon

Year of Call: 2014 - British Columbia

Year of Call: 2010 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2764

Secondary phone: +1 416-369-7210

Fax: +1 604-443-6784


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Primary office:  Vancouver

Secondary office:  Toronto

Scott A. Smith

Scott A. Smith is a partner at Gowling WLG, working out of the firm's Vancouver and Toronto offices. He regularly advises Indigenous peoples and companies across Canada on Indigenous, environmental assessment, regulatory and constitutional issues for major energy and natural resource projects.

Scott has extensive experience advising clients on the Crown's duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous peoples. He also negotiates and drafts agreements between Indigenous peoples and companies.

He works closely with Indigenous clients to develop innovative legal strategies to help them leverage their rights and title to achieve their goals - whether to successfully oppose projects or secure direct economic benefits from them.

Scott's Indigenous and environmental advocacy practice includes representing Indigenous peoples in regulatory hearings, judicial reviews and appeals of administrative decisions (such as the Crown's failure to consult Indigenous peoples), multi-party civil litigation in respect of contaminated sites, and complex tort litigation.

Scott is currently representing Indigenous clients in environmental assessment and regulatory hearings for a number of proposed major oil and natural gas pipelines, including Enbridge's Line 9B Project, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project, TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline Project and natural gas pipelines in B.C.

Scott has appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice, Ontario Superior Court, Ontario Divisional Court, Federal Court of Appeal, National Energy Board, Ontario Energy Board and the Tax Court of Canada.

Prior to pursing a law degree, Scott completed a master's degree and one-and-a-half years of study in a PhD program in biology at McGill University. He is the recipient of numerous scientific and legal scholarships. His scientific work has been published in high-impact international journals, and has been reported on internationally in the popular press.

Scott's scientific expertise provides him with a unique perspective through which he provides strategic litigation and regulatory advice to his clients.

Scott is fluent in English and French, and speaks Spanish.

Career & Recognition

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  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association