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.  
Finally, John has successfully represented clients from start to finish in the specific claims process, and represented clients in the course of regulatory hearings on major natural resource projects.
Outside of work, John is an avid outdoorsman.

John's assistant is Jackie Fike: