Scott A. Smith

Gowling WLG

550 Burrard St, Suite 2300, Bentall 5, PO Box 30
Vancouver, BC V6C 2B5
Phone: (604) 891-2764

Scott A. Smith has a leading national practice at the confluence of environmental, energy, regulatory, natural resource, and Indigenous law. He has a strong track record of successfully advising Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients in high profile, complex regulatory hearings and related litigation for major natural resource and energy projects across Canada. Scott has extensive experience advising clients on the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous peoples. Scott has assisted Indigenous peoples with respect to all phases of resource development and infrastructure projects in their traditional territories, including mining, oil & gas pipelines, LNG, forestry, hydroelectric, wind, solar, and transmission line projects. Scott is a thought leader and highly skilled negotiator. He has negotiated precedent-setting government-to-government agreements, as well as impact benefit agreements between Indigenous peoples and companies. Scott represents clients in regulatory hearings, judicial reviews and appeals of administrative decisions, multi-party civil litigation in respect of contaminated sites, and complex tort litigation. Scott has been recognized as a leading lawyer under 40 in Canada by Lexpert® and Benchmark Litigation.

Year Called to the Bar:2010 (ON); 2014 (BC); 2017 (YT)
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