Partner and member of Gowlings LLP’s Aboriginal Law and Mining Groups. Merle practises Aboriginal resource law which balances economic development, respect for Aboriginal rights and environmental conservation for future generations. Merle is a member of the Kitasoo Xai’xais First Nation (Klemtu, BC). Merle’s current practice is abundantly focused on providing strategic IBA and regulatory advice in oil and natural gas pipeline and LNG projects in BC. Merle advises on the negotiation of impact-benefit agreements, socio-economic participation agreements, resource revenue sharing arrangements and a variety of other interim agreements. The negotiations touch on a number of resource law areas, including forestry, oil & gas, mining, energy and pipeline projects. Merle works extensively structuring business ventures, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships and corporations. He also has a depth of experience in negotiating government to government agreements, including strategic engagement, interim treaty arrangements and pipeline benefit agreements. He has negotiated treaty chapters on cultural heritage resources, drafted traditional knowledge protocols and represented national Aboriginal organizations in various international forums.