Matt McPherson is a Partner at OKT. His practice is focused on litigation and negotiation, and he represents Indigenous Nations and organizations across Canada. Matt advises Indigenous communities on Aboriginal and treaty rights, regulatory and environmental processes, and economic development. He has appeared before tribunals and courts across Canada, including at the Supreme Court of Canada. Matt frequently represents clients regarding the duty to consult and accommodate, negotiating agreements in a wide range of circumstances from impact and benefit agreements for resource development to cultural protection agreements with developers and governments. He has particular experience in matters related to the protection of water and fisheries, and associated environmental regulatory frameworks.
Matt received his LL.B from the University of Victoria, and an MBA from York University. He joined OKT after clerking at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Matt worked for a large advertising and strategic communications company.
Matt is a members of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of Manitoba.
- Presentation, "Advancing Consent: Realizing the Promise of FPIC", Workshop on Best Practices in the Duty to Consult and Accommodate, 13 October 2017.
- Keynote Speech, "Treaty Renewal as Economic Development," at First Nations Economic Advancement Conference hosted by the Ontario First Nations Economic Developers Association, 11 October 2017
- Canada Ignores Concerns of Indigenous Peoples in Environmental and Regulatory Reviews
- "Premier needs a history lesson on rights", Winnipeg Free Press, Jan. 27, 2017
- Environmental Regulatory Reviews Update: Canada’s process for reviews still falling short, OKT Blog, November 14, 2016
- "What if Canada held coast-to-coast environmental review hearings and nobody came?", with Michael McClurg, OKT Blog, September 29, 2016
- "Implications of Northern Gateway decision on Energy East", with Jeremiah Raining Bird, OKT Blog, July 14, 2016
- “Supreme Court of Canada Decides Metis Land Case”, OKT Blog, March 13, 2013.
- “Overlapping Claims and Shared Territories”, The Commons Institute Presentation 13 December 2012.
- Presentation, “Conflicts of Interests and First Nations Clients” (OKT Internal Seminar).
- Presentation, “Getting Instructions From First Nation Clients: Individuals” (OKT Internal Seminar)
- Presentation, “Ontario’s Expert Evidence Reforms” (OKT Internal Seminar)