Gowling WLG, an international law firm with offices across Canada, has launched a practice group of 34 lawyers who are working with clients in Northern Canada. This group, Canada North, is working in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and northern regions of other provinces.
“We’ve always done, as a firm, work in the North,” says Harry Dahme, a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office. Dahme created the Canada North group, but he credits the arrival of another partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office, Adam Chamberlain, for energizing the team and helping them all to realize this “tremendous” opportunity. Chamberlain is the former leader of Team North at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto.
“The interesting thing about our practice is that, in the North, there are very different types of clients so at times we’re working for governments, at times we work for indigenous organizations and at other times private sector entities,” says Chamberlain. “A big part of what we do is work with helping them through regulatory processes. I’ve done work with mining companies in the North quarries and I’ve also done similar work in Nunavut, dealing with the Impact Review Board and the land and water boards.”