Cynthia Westaway is Regional Leader of our Aboriginal Law Focus Group and our Team North, and Counsel in the area of public law. Cynthia focuses her Aboriginal law practice in the North and across Canada on consultation, rights, title and treaty, governance and business development,
and natural resource and energy law as it intersects with Aboriginal lands, interests and economic development.
Prior to joining Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in 2011, Cynthia accumulated 15 years’ experience in these fields of law with the Federal Department of Justice as Head of the Legal Service Unit to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, as Director of the Trade Law Bureau, an adviser to the Aboriginal Justice Directorate, Consultation Lead and as Team Leader at the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio (AAP), for litigation across Canada on Aboriginal rights and title, treaty and Métis issues. Before her justice career, she practised as in-house labour counsel to the Canadian Association of University Teachers and an associate lawyer in the fields of labour and employment law.
Cynthia served as a law clerk at both the prestigious Supreme Court of Canada for Madame Justice L’Heureux-Dubé (1998) and the Federal Court for Justice Yvon Pinard (1994).