Brian grew up in Saskatchewan and attended Dalhousie Law School in Nova Scotia. He was called to the Bar in 1990 and has 25 years of experience specializing in Aboriginal and treaty rights with extensive experience in negotiations.
In that time he has acted for First Nations, federal, provincial, territorial governments and project proponents. Brian has extensive experience in negotiation of agreements having negotiated and prepared:
- consultation and benefit agreements on behalf of both First Nations and industry in oil and gas, renewable energy and mining.
- treaty and self-government agreements in the Yukon as Chief Federal Negotiator as well as several other precedent setting agreements involving the exercise of First Nations powers to pass laws with respect to taxation and the administration of justice.
- Fisheries agreements as the lead negotiator in the Atlantic Canadian fishery following the Supreme Court of Canada decisions in Marshall.
Brian led the development of the Government of Alberta First Nations consultation policy adopted in 2005 and has been involved in consultation matters since that time. He is currently Manager, Aboriginal Policy at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.