John Burns

John joined the team at Donovan & Company in 2012, having practiced as a member of the British Columbia Bar for a year prior. John holds a Masters degree in Canadian Aboriginal Law (Carleton University, Ottawa), and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

John’s Aboriginal-side practice focuses on two main areas: corporate commercial development and Aboriginal rights, including title assertion. This work has taken many forms, including extensive corporate structuring; joint venture business development; property development; Mutual Benefit Agreements; Own Source Revenue issues; forestry tenure negotiation and development; First Nation business development; and long term trusts.

John has worked with many clients dealing with governance issues including land designations; Land Codes; Custom Election Codes; Treaty; on and off reserve housing policy / issues; financial (and other) bylaws; and service agreements.  

John has also successfully represented clients from start to finish in the Specific Claims process; B.C. Supreme Court; the Tax Court of Canada; and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as regulatory hearings on major natural resource projects.

Outside of work, John is an avid outdoorsman.