Cherie Brant, counsel to Indigenous groups, joins TD Bank Group's board

Cherie Brant practises Indigenous and commercial law across sectors such as energy and transmission

Cherie Brant, counsel to Indigenous groups, joins TD Bank Group's board
Cherie Brant| Image credit: CNW Group/TD Bank Group

TD Bank Group has announced the appointment of Cherie Brant, Toronto-based partner and national leader for the Indigenous law group of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, to its board of directors and her addition to the board’s risk committee.

“A trusted advisor to industry leaders and Indigenous groups, Cherie's legal expertise, ESG experience and unique insights will strengthen the Board and the Bank," said Brian Levitt, who chairs the board, in a news release. Brant will support the company’s governance and risk capabilities, Levitt added.

At BLG, Brant is a member of the firm’s environmental, social and governance initiative and focuses her practice on Indigenous law and commercial law across sectors such as energy and transmission, land development and financing on First Nations lands, franchising, cannabis and economic development.

Brant, who is both Mohawk from Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and Ojibway from Wikwemkoong Unceded Indian Reserve, advises Indigenous groups on strategic policy and governance. She also assists industry clients in the natural resource, energy and infrastructure sectors as they develop projects, build partnerships with Indigenous groups and navigate the constitutionally-protected interests of Indigenous nations.

Brant has acted as lead counsel to the First Nations Energy Alliance in connection with the Integrated Power System Plan review before the Ontario Energy Board. She assisted with the completion of the first 100-per-cent First-Nation-owned wind power project in Ontario and with the first Province of Ontario-offered Aboriginal loan guarantee seeking to help First Nations develop energy projects.

Brant has been on the boards of Hydro One Limited, the Anishnawbe Health Foundation, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, the Canadian Club of Toronto, the Women’s College Hospital and Trillium Gift of Life.

Brant has been involved with the advisory committees for the Aboriginal Energy Working Group of the Independent Electricity System Operator, the Aboriginal Education Council for Centennial College and Advisory Council for Nationhood Council House.

Brant obtained her JD from the University of Toronto in 2002 and admission to the Ontario bar in 2003. She received the Lexpert Zenith Award in 2017 and was honoured as one of Lexpert’s “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40” in 2012. She has been a Lexpert-leading lawyer for Aboriginal law and energy law.

The TD Bank Group, which consists of the Toronto-Dominion Bank and of its subsidiaries, is the fifth biggest bank in North America in terms of assets, interacts with over 26 million customers and does business in numerous locations in financial centres around the world. As an online financial services firm, it serves over 15 million active online and mobile customers.

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