Dawn brings a wealth of experience to the table, with meticulous drafting of legislation and regulations. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for words, she excels in analyzing legislation and providing precise drafting instructions. Dawn's expertise extends to skillfully comparing legislation and ensuring a comprehensive understanding of legal intricacies. 

environmental law

From sitting in drafting rooms to sitting at international negotiation tables, Dawn is an experienced environmental lawyer.  She served as counsel with Environment and Climate Change Canada's legal services for over a decade, and as a legal officer for Global Affairs Canada Oceans and Environmental Law.  

Domestically, Dawn worked on many conservation matters including those surrounding the Species at Risk Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, as well as in land claims agreements. 

Internationally, Dawn served as Canada's legal advisor for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement Conference of the Parties (COP) 24 and intercessional; as well as the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna. 



Dawn's goal is for Indigenous businesses to win contracts.  

She will draft or review your solicitations, proposals, contracts and other documents so as to help you achieve your goals while minimizing legal risk.

Dawn can also help Indigenous businesses, governments and other businesses and organizations develop their own procurement policies.   This is particularly important now, given news reports of non Indigenous people claiming to be Indigenous when they are not.

Do you need help developing your solicitations so as to better reach Indigenous businesses? Dawn can help you there too.


indigenous matters

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Dawn is a citizen of the Métis Nation.  During her time in government she strove to better the lives of Indigenous employees as co-chair and member of the Department of Justice Advisory Committee for Indigenous Peoples.  She worked on various files affecting Indigenous Peoples with a view to reconciliation.  

Dawn spent time with the Métis National Council advising on many files. She was a member of the Canadian Delegation and Indigenous Peoples' Caucus representing the Métis Nation at the Climate Change Negotiations in Bonn, Germany at COP 23 and SBSTTA 47 and 48.  She and other members of Canada's delegation worked to operationalize the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.   

With her experience drafting and interpreting legislation, Dawn can help you with your governance matters - interpreting and drafting bylaws, helping to implement your land claims agreements and more.