Nick
Smith

Lawyer, Business Law + Transactions Group | Indigenous Law Group

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Having finished his articles at a global law firm, Nick joins MT+Co. equipped to develop his practice in Indigenous law and corporate/commercial law.

Nick is First Nations from the Ermineskin Cree Nation (Treaty 6 Nation), and we are thrilled to have him tagging in on our Business Law + Transactions Group and Indigenous Law Group, while completing his work with BC AFN.

Nick is a delightful soul and his smile is contagious. We are excited to grow with Nick and grateful to have him join our team.

Why MT+Co.?

“I seriously believe in MT+Co.’s unconventional approach to the legal practice. Just because everyone else is doing something a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s the best way of doing it.

Happiness is a dominating personal goal of mine, and, for me, happiness requires challenging myself and working hard on cool files, for clients I am genuinely excited to work with. It also requires good inter-office banter and frequent trips with co-workers to local watering holes. Happiness looks different for me than it does for others; MT+Co. really understands this and supports everyone’s individual journeys to happiness, which is important to me.

And of course, as a First Nations person who wants to provide corporate solicitors services to First Nations clients, MT+Co. is the best place to be. The portfolio of clients MT+Co. chooses to engage itself with aligns with the clients I want to work with – it’s a perfect match!”

Expertise

Before he became a lawyer, Nick worked with Halalt First Nation where he represented the community in environmental assessment consultations with government agencies and project proponents. He advocated for the community at technical working group meetings and Aboriginal interest panels, and he drafted opinions in response to project proponent and government reports.

Nick also worked in the construction industry as an engineering consultant on a number of infrastructure and commercial projects and as a project estimator and coordinator for two contracting companies. Nick’s professional experience in construction management and Aboriginal consultation has helped him understand the various positions of key stakeholders in project development.

Primary areas of Nick’s practice include corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions and construction, and he has dabbled in litigation and real estate.

Background

  • JD, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia
    • Aboriginal Law Specialization and Business Law Concentration
    • Indigenous Legal Studies Program and Indigenous Legal Studies Association
  • BA, Applied Science in Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • Indspire Building Strong Futures Award, 2018
  • UBC Intramural, Ice Hockey, Captain
  • Peter A. Allard Indigenous Law Students Program and Association, Member
  • Peter A. Allard Beavers Rugby Club, Vice President

Worth Noting

As an engineering student, Nick worked in construction in Calgary on two separate occasions. He loved it and wishes he was more country than he actually is; so much so, he’s been on a mission to make cowboy boots a thing in Vancouver.

Nick has also been an accomplished volleyball athlete where he received the Volleyball BC award, which was given to one student who was best all around in volleyball, academics and community involvement in BC, and he played on Team BC! Nick also represented Canada at the 12-U Cal Ripken World Series of Baseball, where he batted .500 (top 10 in the tournament).

Nick shared that he loves visiting large cities. You will find this civil engineering nerd loaded up on baked goods – donuts, croissants, doughsants, cronuts, muffins, bread, pies…