Jordan
Ardanaz+

Law Student (Currently Back at School)

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Jordan Ardanaz is a social scientist with nine years experience in the environmental services industry. His work focuses on advising and providing research and report writing services for clients within the federal and provincial environmental assessment processes. Within this framework, Jordan’s experience is specialized in the identification of potential impacts to Aboriginal communities and local stakeholders, while liaising between interest holders, proponents, and government agencies. Additionally, he has relevant professional experience assessing the archaeological and socio-economics components of projects, as well as advising clients on regulatory requirements and best practice.

Why MT+Co.?

“It’s tough finding that perfect summer placement in the middle of busy law school life but I pulled it off. I feel so lucky to have landed at a creative firm that compliments my background and I feel even more lucky to have been hired back. I’m looking forward to a bright future at MT+Co.”

Expertise

Jordan has authored numerous baseline studies and effects assessments relating to Aboriginal Traditional Use, non-Aboriginal stakeholder land use, and cultural heritage, as well as preparing chapters on project consultation activities. This has included work on a number of small- and large-scale EAs for mining, public works, and energy projects throughout British Columbia, the arctic, and Saskatchewan within the federal CEAA and provincial assessments processes.
As components of his experience, Jordan has organized Traditional Use and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Study programs, prepared desk-based ethno-historic research reports, conducted semi-structured community interviews, searches of government databases, and assisted in the coordination of consultation programs.

Over past six years Jordan has worked directly with a number of treaty and non-treaty Aboriginal groups, including the Tsawwassen First Nation, Musqueam Indian Band, Tahltan Nation, Gitxsan Treaty Office, and Nisga’a Nation. He has also worked indirectly with numerous other Aboriginal communities in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and the Arctic, and is familiar with the social, cultural, and regulatory environments of each in these settings.

Background

 

  • Currently completing a Doctor of Law (J.D.) at Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC, with an expected graduation in 
  • BA, Hons., Anthropology, University of Toronto
  • Karen Lysyk Memorial Scholarship 2017, awarded based on scholarly achievement and demonstrated interest in environmental law
  • Dale Robert Pedersen Prize in Criminal Law 2017, awarded to first year student with the highest standing in criminal law
  • Assistant Editor, UBC Law Review
  • Volunteer, Canadian Law School Research-a-Thon
  • News Editor, The Toronto Globalist, Toronto, Ontario
  • Research Assistant, Wunderwerk Cave Project, North Cape, South Africa

 

Worth Noting

Jordan is an avid baseball player, a writer for independent arts and culture magazines, a musician in local independent bands and an avid collector of vinyl music. Jordan is the new father of one cute puppy and uses this as excuse to justify his preferred music taste of “Dad Rock”. When he’s not working in the office or taking his puppy to obedience school, Jordan can be found DJing dad beats at local bars.

 

+I’m not a lawyer, but I’m close to it.