Sandra Gogal has a nationally recognized practice in Aboriginal and environmental law. She has extensive experience advising mining, energy, oil, gas, and engineering companies, lenders, and investors, as well as provincial and federal government agencies, on Aboriginal, regulatory, and related project matters.
Sandra has a combined 20 years’ experience in-house and in private practice advising on resource developments across Canada. She has advised general counsel on matters relating to Aboriginal rights and consultation, environmental assessments, regulatory matters, government relations, and negotiations. She has negotiated several successful commercial arrangements, impact and benefit agreements, and partnerships between industry and First Nations on major hydro-electric projects and mining projects across Canada.
After a successful career on the east coast, Sandra moved to Ontario in 2005 to work for the government of Ontario where she advised the Ministry of Natural Resources on Aboriginal consultation in the areas of hydro-electric and wind power, forestry, and mining. Her experience in both the private and public sectors helps her to provide sound strategic and legal advice to her clients.
Sandra is published in the areas of Aboriginal and environmental law, has spoken at national and international forums on Aboriginal law in Canada, has been recognized by her peers in The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2008 for Aboriginal and environmental law, and was recognized in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Aboriginal law. She is the Past Chair for the Canadian Bar Association Aboriginal Law section and a leader in Aboriginal law at Miller Thomson.
Sandra makes frequent presentations to Insight, Canadian Institute, Canada Forum, and the Conference Board of Canada in relation to Aboriginal matters including consultation requirements in the hydro-electric and mining sectors, how to achieve effective and enforceable impact and benefit agreements and other accommodation agreements, how to incorporate overlapping claims and Métis rights, the incorporation of Aboriginal businesses, and current legal updates.