Ab Law Contact Info:

Eric Hovius, J.D. *


Cambridge, Ontario

*Member of the Law societies of Saskatchewan and Upper Canada (Ontario); Graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Saskatchewan.





Click Here for more information or call Ab Law Professional Corporation at 905-560-0070. 

Information for Industry

    Proponents who recognize early on in their own process as to what the potential impact of their project could have on Aboriginal peoples are likely to receive less delay and incur less cost in their project’s approval process, by forming an inclusive dialogue. 

    Based on the current state of the law, these delays and costs are foreseeable.  


1) Training/Capacity Building

Working with your company's staff, outline through a specially designed training course how the duty to consult and accommodate relates to your specific sector, and how the benefits of Aboriginal consultation can be maximized.

2) Examining Current Practices:  

Engaging with the decision-makers of your current Aboriginal consultation process, developing strong business practices that create certainty.

3) Risk Assessments

Providing thorough legal analysis, weighing the adverse effect of your project with the types of rights Aboriginal communities exercise in that affected region.  This risk assessment can be later used as a road-map for future consultation work.

4) Conducting Consultations

Engaging with Aboriginal communities, and government decision-makers, on your behalf, ensuring that the duty to consult and accommodate, as outline by the Supreme Court of Canada is always maintained. 

If consultation is later argued to be inadequate, I will testify before a Tribunal, Board, or Court, outlining what steps were undertaken by your corporation.   (See - Tribunals)

5) Developing Best Practices, Giving your Company a Competitive Advantage

Relationship building should be the primary focus of proponents when planning to develop projects that may have an adverse impact on the exercising of an Aboriginal community’s rights. 

This will create greater certainty for all interested parties.

Last Updated: (November 1, 2010)