Kathryn is based in Victoria. Much of her practice focuses on initiatives under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (“FMA”). Working with more than two dozen Indigenous communities, Kathryn has drafted more than 100 laws under the FMA, including property taxation and assessment, property transfer tax, development cost charge, local services, taxpayer representation, business activity tax, and financial administration laws. She is also general counsel to the First Nations Finance Authority.
Kathryn has extensive experience with Indigenous self- governance initiatives, including drafting Constitutions, Land Codes, land laws, and other laws, bylaws, and related policies. She has a special interest in environmental law, and completed the 2-year Associates program through the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre.
With this experience, Kathryn is a frequent presenter at conferences, and has delivered workshops to many communities on topics such as governance, financial administration, and employment matters. Kathryn is a member of the First Nations Tax Administrators Association (“FNTAA”) and a regular presenter at the FNTAA conference. She is also an active member of the CBA Aboriginal Law section and co-chaired the 2014 CBA National Aboriginal Law conference in Nunavut.
Kathryn is recognized in the 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as among Canada’s top practitioners in Aboriginal Law.
When not at work, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, running, cycling, and practicing yoga.