Mining projects, in addition to solving all their technical challenges to make a successful mine, must also develop pragmatic approaches that address related Aboriginal obligations. This rapidly evolving aspect of project development ranges from preliminary consultations with communities to negotiation of comprehensive Impact and Benefit Agreements (the contents of which are generally confidential). In his presentation, Adam will share best practices developed during his over 20 years in the field (what works and what doesn't) and he will outline the latest important legal and economic developments, taking us beyond the basic "requirement" to engage with Aboriginal communities.
Adam Chamberlain is a partner with BLG’s Toronto office and National Leader of the firm’s northern practice group, Team North. Adam is a member of the Nunavut and Ontario Bars and is a Certified Specialist in the area of Environmental Law. He is active in BLG’s Mining and Aboriginal practices and has worked for many years on matters where the two areas intersect. He has advised mining companies and others in the mining sector in matters ranging from Aboriginal consultation to the negotiation and implementation of Impact and Benefit Agreements. Recently he assisted the Government of Nunavut with the Environmental Assessment processes for the Mary River Iron Mine and also assisted Dominion Diamond (formerly Harry Winston) in its purchase of the Ekati diamond mine in the NWT.
Adam is especially proud of his work with Camp Awakening, a charity that sends children with physical disabilities to summer camp in a setting that integrates them with able bodied children.