Prominent First Nations Negotiator Joins Miller Thomson’s Growing Saskatchewan Presence

16 mars 2012 | Saskatoon

( Disponible en anglais seulement )

TORONTO,
March 16, 2012 –
Canadian business leaders must adopt a policy of respect, transparency
and consensus in order to engage in meaningful consultation with First Nations
communities across Canada, according to W. Thomas Molloy, one of Canada’s most
prominent First Nations negotiators and business law experts. Molloy, who is
best known as the federal government’s lead negotiator in talks that led to the
creation of Nunavut in 1999, is one of four recent appointments to Miller
Thomson’s Saskatoon office.

“Canadian
corporations and policy makers spend substantial resources to understand how to
successfully conduct business internationally,” said Molloy, an expert in
Aboriginal and Business law. “They recognize that success depends upon a
relationship-based approach rooted in cultural understanding. The question we
need to ask ourselves is why do we not take a similar approach here at home
when seeking to engage First Nations communities?”

Mr. Molloy has
negotiated treaties with the Nisga’a of British Columbia and the Inuit of
Northern Quebec in Nunavut and Labrador claims and treaties with British
Columbia’s L’heidli T’enneh and Sliammon First Nations. He is currently
involved in the ongoing land claim in Caledonia, Ontario. He was appointed an
Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996, and recently received the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee Medal.

“Tom is singular in
stature in Canada,” said Gerald Courage, Chair of Miller Thomson. “He has the
extraordinary ability to bridge business, government and First Nations
interests in the most complex of circumstances – a skill that has been honed
over decades working in every region of the country.”

With Mr. Molloy’s arrival at Miller Thomson, he becomes an integral member of
the firm’s national Aboriginal Law Group, and a key contributor to that team’s
continued growth and success within this rapidly evolving area of legal
practice.

Miller Thomson is the only national firm with a presence in the province of
Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan showed dynamic growth in 2011 with support from its strong
resources sector. Miller Thomson provides
expertise in many of these areas including energy, natural resources and
mining.

The Saskatoon office is also announcing the appointments of Crystal Taylor in
the firm’s Tax Law Group; Chad Eggerman in the Mining and Resources Law Practice;
and Haidah Amirzadeh in the firm’s Immigration Law Group.

About Miller
Thomson

Miller Thomson LLP is
a national business law firm with more than 470 lawyers working from 11 offices
across Canada. The firm offers a complete range of business law, advocacy and
personal legal services. Miller Thomson works regularly with in-house legal
departments and external counsel world-wide to facilitate cross-border and
multinational transactions and business needs. Miller Thomson offices are
located in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, London,
Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Toronto, Markham and Montréal.

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For more information:
Rachael Collier
Pilot PMR
416-462-0199 Ext. 31
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