TORONTO, March 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is pleased
to announce that Bernd Christmas, an Indigenous lawyer highly regarded for his work with government,
business and First Nations in connection with aboriginal economic
development, has joined the firm. He will serve as a critical resource
to the Cassels Brock client base, which includes many of the country's
leading mining and natural resource companies, financial institutions
and corporate entities, as well as international clients doing business
Mr. Christmas, who in 1993 became the first Mi'kmaw to become a lawyer
in Canada, brings a deep understanding of Indigenous business interests
and social perspectives through his work as an executive with several
First Nations enterprises. He was also appointed by Prime Minister
Chretien in 2003 to the External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation
and is a former member of the National Aboriginal Economic Development
In his new role, Mr. Christmas will be advising on a wide range of
matters related to the commercial, financial, environmental, social and
political issues surrounding business negotiations with First Nations
Bands, Tribal Councils and Provincial/Territorial Organizations.
"The ability to work effectively with First Nations for the mutual
benefit of their communities and our clients is vital and becoming
increasingly more important every day. In that regard, Bernd's unique
background and experience will be a tremendous asset," notes the Hon.
David Peterson, the Chairman of Cassels Brock and former Premier of
About Cassels Brock
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, with more than 200 lawyers based in
Toronto and Vancouver, is a leading Canadian law firm focused on
serving the transaction, advocacy and advisory needs of the country's
most dynamic business sectors.
A full description of our practice can be found on our website at www.casselsbrock.com.
Image with caption: "Bernd Christmas (CNW Group/Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140310_C4220_PHOTO_EN_37723.jpg
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