Lawyer Profile Detail
AREA OF EXPERTISE
British Columbia, 2009
Stephanie Axmann is counsel in our Business Law, Global Mining and National Environmental, Regulatory & Aboriginal Groups in Vancouver. With a practice focused primarily in the area of Aboriginal law, she advises clients in a range of industries across Canada, including the natural resources extraction (mining and forest products) and energy (renewables, oil and gas, including liquefied natural gas, and nuclear) sectors.
Stephanie is recognized by Chambers Canada as an Associate to Watch in the area of Aboriginal law.
In her corporate/commercial and project development practice, Stephanie:
¬ provides strategic and legal advice to project proponents/operators, lenders/borrowers and sellers/purchasers in respect of consultation and accommodation law and processes, Aboriginal related risks and risk management, and transactional due diligence matters;
¬ assists industry clients in the negotiation and drafting of a broad range of commercial and relationship agreements with Aboriginal groups (such as impact benefit, exploration, capacity funding, consultation, confidentiality and engagement/cooperation agreements);
¬ provides strategic and legal advice on a broad range of Aboriginal law and policy matters such as the interpretation and application of legislation and regulations, government policies, treaties and developments in the common law;
¬ assists industry in navigating federal, provincial and territorial environmental assessment processes, including with respect to the preparation of written submissions, consultation records, consultation plans and policies; and
¬ drafts a range of transactional agreements for mining sector clients and conducts due diligence reviews and risk assessments on corporate matters, mineral title, and environmental and regulatory matters for mining projects in Canada and abroad.
Stephanie also provides dispute resolution and litigation advice to project proponents and operators working with Aboriginal groups. She has researched and drafted legal submissions for a range of complex Aboriginal litigation matters in British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta and Ontario concerning matters such as the Crown's duty to consult, treaty rights, the roles and rights of proponents, municipalities and regulatory boards in consultation, and related constitutional matters.
Stephanie contributes frequently to our firm's publications and Mining Prospects and Canadian Energy Perspectives blogs, focusing on key developments and emerging issues in Aboriginal law and policy. She is a regular presenter on Aboriginal law issues at client-focused engagements and at national conferences.
Stephanie was called to the British Columbia bar in September 2009 and joined McCarthy Tétrault as an associate after articling with the firm. She received her LLB from Dalhousie Law School in 2008 and BA (Hons.) with First Class Honours in International Development Studies from McGill University in 2003. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, Canadian Bar Association, Vancouver Bar Association and the BC Business Council Aboriginal Affairs Committee.
Métis and Non-Status Indians no longer in a “jurisdictional wasteland”, SCC confirms
Putting the “Provincial” back into Federal-Provincial Cooperation: Assessing the Potential Implications of Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment)
Ontario Court Affirms Crown’s Delegation of Consultation to Proponent under Mining Act
Aboriginal title declared in historic SCC decision, Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia
Canada Confirms Plans to Extend Mandatory Public Reporting of Payments in the Extractive Sector to Aboriginal Entities
The Supreme Court of British Columbia Court Strikes First Nations’ Nuisance Claim Against Industry: Thomas v. Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.
Aboriginal Law: Consultation and Other Emerging Issues
The British Columbia Court of Appeal Confirms Limits on the Duty to Consult in Face of Mine Owner’s Rights: Louis v. British Columbia (Minister of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources)
Ross River Dena Council v. Government of Yukon
Alberta’s Aboriginal Consultation Levy on Industry
Transactions & Cases