Rob
Miller

Co-Founder and Principal, First Nations Economic Development, Resources + Major Projects and Business Advisory

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A co-founder of MT+Co., Rob leads our First Nations Economic Development group. He is also a passionate entrepreneur who enjoys connecting with like-minded business owners, and a devoted father.

Why MT+Co.?

“For me, the most exciting thing about practicing law is that it offers the opportunity to build close relationships with people who are doing things I believe in. I never really bought into the idea of ‘big law’ because it creates barriers to this type of relationship: inefficient practices, expensive overhead, hierarchical culture, broken fee structures and an emotional distance from clients all conspire to prevent lawyers from connecting with the people they are working with. MT+Co. shakes the foundations of traditional legal practice and creates a place where we can develop close relationships with people who share our values. The result has been a renewed passion for what I do – I am proud to call my clients friends and am excited to collaborate with my amazing coworkers to help our clients do good things.”

Expertise

  • Leads MT+Co.’s First Nations Economic Development group, and advises First Nations governments, First Nations economic development corporations and First Nation-controlled businesses on a wide range of commercial, taxation, rights and titles and natural resources issues
  • Assists First Nations with respect to all phases of resource and infrastructure activity in their traditional territories including involvement in federal and provincial environmental assessment process, negotiating consultation protocols and traditional territory access agreements and impact benefit agreements
  • Helps First Nations develop comprehensive strategies to balance stewardship and protection of cultural heritage with the development of economy and other opportunities
  • Acts for responsible resources developers and lenders on commercial, regulatory, social licence and natural resource issues
  • Has developed niche experience in the clean energy and climate change sectors
  • Works with other entrepreneurs to help them accomplish their business goals
  • Frequent speaker and lecturer, including at University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University

Background

  • LLB from University of British Columbia with a certificate in natural resource law
  • Honours English degree with distinction (first class) from University of Victoria
  • Worked in the forest industry as an entrepreneur, faller and silviculture supervisor
  • Associate at McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Listed in the 2013 The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of energy law
  • Recognized in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of aboriginal law
  • Recognized in the 2014 Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers
  • Listed as a “Corporate Lawyer to Watch” in the 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border  Corporate Lawyers in Canada published by Lexpert
  • Recognized in the 2015 – 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Aboriginal law and natural resources law

Worth Noting

In Rob’s younger (and wilder) days, he was a champion beer drinker – according to some, the fastest draw in the North. Don’t tell his beautiful daughter Sophie, who he hopes will be much more sophisticated than her dad.