Rob
Miller

CEO, Indigenous Law and Business Law + Transactions

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Rob is co-founder and CEO of MT+Co.  He is also a devoted father, a passionate entrepreneur, and a recognized leader in the areas of Indigenous, natural resource, energy and corporate law.

Why MT+Co.?

“MT+Co. gives me the freedom and resources to try to address many of the underlying problems with law firms.  I get to focus on our three key stakeholders – our people, our clients, and our communities – and play a meaningful role in redefining the relationship that each of them has with their lawyers.

“One of my primary goals has been to foster an environment that lets our team live happier, values-based and fulfilling lives.  I’ve seen first hand the toll that professional service workplaces can exact on their people and understand the drag that a disengaged workforce creates.  We have the opportunity to recast the firm-employee relationship in a way that empowers people to believe in what they do.  This has led to many initiatives, including broad-based employee ownership; the grounding of all firm decisions in our collective purpose and values; mindfulness training for all employees; retreats that include all members of the firm (not just partners or lawyers); unlimited vacation policy; and the inclusion of all team members in our strategic planning.

“I also get to lead by example through living my values.  I focus my practice on increasing prosperity in Indigenous communities – however those communities define it.  For me, this work is filled with intrinsic rewards: making an impact; developing meaningful relationships; constantly learning about new communities, cultures and traditions; and operating on the cutting edge of an ever-changing and multi-disciplinary area of law.” Through these, Rob demonstrates that we can do good and do well at the same time.

“For me, the overall result has been a renewed passion for what I do – I am proud to call my clients friends and am excited to collaborate with my amazing coworkers to help our clients do good things.”

Expertise

  • Leads MT+Co.’s First Nations Economic Development group, and advises First Nations governments, First Nations economic development corporations and First Nation-controlled businesses on a wide range of commercial, taxation, rights and titles and natural resources issues
  • Assists First Nations with respect to all phases of resource and infrastructure activity in their traditional territories including involvement in federal and provincial environmental assessment process, negotiating consultation protocols and traditional territory access agreements and impact benefit agreements
  • Helps First Nations develop comprehensive strategies to balance stewardship and protection of cultural heritage with the development of economy and other opportunities
  • Acts for responsible resources developers and lenders on commercial, regulatory, social licence and natural resource issues
  • Has developed niche experience in the clean energy and climate change sectors
  • Works with other entrepreneurs to help them accomplish their business goals
  • Frequent speaker and lecturer, including at University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University

Background

  • LLB from University of British Columbia with a certificate in natural resource law
  • Honours English degree with distinction (first class) from University of Victoria
  • Worked in the forest industry as an entrepreneur, faller and silviculture supervisor
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada in the area of Aboriginal law (2018 and 2019)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Aboriginal law (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019), natural resources law (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and energy law (2013).
  • Recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the areas of Indigenous law (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and corporate/commercial law (2016).
  • Recognized in the Lexpert Global Mining Special Edition (2018)
  • Recognized in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada as “Corporate Lawyer to Watch” (2014 and 2016).
  • Recognized in the Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
  • Finalist, Canada’s Most Influential Lawyers (Changemaker Category) (2016 and 2019)
  • Named NewLaw Pioneer by Canadian Bar Association (2016)
  • Nominated for Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2019)

Worth Noting

In Rob’s younger (and wilder) days, he was a champion beer drinker – according to some, the fastest draw in the North. Don’t tell his daughter Sophie or his son Elliot.  He hopes they will both grow up to be much more sophisticated than their dad.