Thomas Laboucan-Avirom is an incoming articling student at Olthuis Kleer Townshed LLP. He is a member of the Woodland Cree First Nation.
Thomas is receiving his JD from the University of Victoria Law School. In addition to his education at UVic he has recently completed a semester at Osgoode Hall Law School through their Aboriginal Intensive Program on Lands, Resources, and Governance where he worked with the Maya Leaders Alliance in Belize with a focus on criminal, constitutional, Indigenous, and economic development matters. He is about to embark to the Victoria University of Wellington for an exchange semester and opportunity to learn Maori and New Zealand laws, struggles, successes and strategies to bring back to Turtle Island.
During Law school Thomas was active in student matters, being elected 1L representative of the Law Student’s Society in his first year and Vice-President of Communications in his second year before departing for a semester. He was also part of the founding Executive Committee that formed the National Indigenous Law Students Society in efforts to tie together Indigenous Law Students across the country.
Before Law school Thomas earned his Bachelors of English degree from UVic. Thomas has also worked in the renewable energy sector for First Nations in Alberta before starting work in the Economic Development department of his First Nation as an Executive Assistant before becoming an interim-CEO for four months in the same department. He maintained passion for green technology and cultural preservation throughout. In his spare time you will find Thomas writing, travelling, sailing and playing his two favourite sports of soccer and hockey.
Thomas is aiming to be a member of the Alberta Bar, the Indigenous Bar, and the Canadian Bar Association to start.