Douglas R. Eyford, Q.C.
Doug is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and was admitted to the British Columbia bar in 1991. He has broad experience in civil litigation matters and has appeared as trial and appellate counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia as well as regulatory and administrative tribunals. He also has extensive experience in alternate forms of dispute resolution, representing clients at arbitrations and mediations. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2015.
In addition to his broad experience in civil litigation, Doug provides strategic business and legal advice to First Nations, the Crown, and industry about transportation infrastructure and resource development projects. He was a chief federal negotiator for the Government of Canada in the comprehensive land claims process in British Columbia (2007-2014). In 2013, the Government of Canada retained Doug to provide advice about Aboriginal participation in the development of oil and natural gas pipelines and related infrastructure in Alberta and British Columbia. His report to the Prime Minister entitled Forging Partnerships, Building Relationships: Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development was published in December 2013. In July 2014, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development appointed Doug to lead engagement with Aboriginal groups and key stakeholders for the review and reform of the comprehensive land claims policy. His report entitled A New Direction: Advancing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights was published in April 2015. In civil litigation proceedings, Doug represents clients in negligence claims, defamation, contract disputes, fraud, product liability, railway law, and fire loss. He also acts for securities industry participants on matters relating to investment dealer litigation and regulatory enforcement. In the field of insurance law, he advises on coverage and residency issues and acts for Canadian and U.S. insurers in proceedings involving life, disability, motor vehicle, sports, and recreation claims.
- British Columbia v. Canadian National Railway, 2003 BCSC 928, Counsel for the defendant railway company in a decision restricting the scope of the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia for the recovery of the cost of fire control operations.
- British Columbia Securities Commission Re: Roger F. Bapty et al., 2006 BCSC 638. Counsel for an investment dealer in the dismissal of a proceeding brought by the British Columbia Securities Commission to recover losses alleged by an investor.
- Gill v. Canadian Venture Exchange, 2003 BCCA 431. Counsel for the respondent in a proceeding relating to the contractual authority of a stock exchange over a former registrant.
- Prodor v. Canwest Publishers Ltd., 1996 CanLII 1880 (B.C.S.C.). Trial counsel for the plaintiff in a defamation action against defendant journalists.
- Rowe v. Bobell Express Ltd., 2003 BCSC 472, appeal dismissed 2005 BCCA 141. Trial and appellate counsel in leading personal injury case establishing principles for the assessment of loss of income earning capacity.
- Sander v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 2001 BCSC 1445, appeal dismissed 2003 BCCA 55. Trial and appellate counsel in leading disability insurance case establishing an insured’s duty to obtain reasonable medical treatment as a condition for continued disability payments.
- Sibley v. British Columbia Custom Car Association et al, 2005 BCSC 509. Counsel for the defendant in the dismissal of an action based on the enforceability of a release and waiver of liability.
- Stalzer v. Nagai, 2014 BCSC 1388. Trial counsel for the defendant in an action resulting in the dismissal of a cyclist’s claim against the defendant driver.
- Viitre v. St. Peter’s Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2010 BCSC 296. Counsel for the respondent in a proceeding relating to the governance of a society.
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Doug regularly presents papers and participates as a speaker at professional and industry seminars and conferences. Recent engagements include:
- Writer, “Northern Gateway depends on better aboriginal consultation”, The Globe and Mail – 22 July 2016. Click here for article source.
- Speaker, “Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in 2016: Challenges & Opportunities”, presentation to the Alberta Institute of Agrologists – 20 April 2016. Click here for YouTube video.
- Speaker, “BC Update: Aboriginal Communities and Energy Infrastructure”, presentation to the Indian Resource Council Annual General Meeting – 03 December 2015.
- Speaker, “The New Comprehensive Land Claims Policy”, presentation to the Pacific Business & Law Institute – 01 December 2015.
- Speaker, “Tsilhqot’in and the Future of the Treaty Process”, presentation to the Pacific Business & Law Institute – 29 October 2015.
- Speaker, “The History and Development of Modern-Day Treaties: Current Policies, Opportunities, and Challenges”, presentation to the Osgoode Certificate in Fundamentals of Aboriginal Law – 28 October 2015.
- Speaker, “Crown – Aboriginal Relations: Getting It Right”, presentation to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce – 29 September 2015.
- Speaker, “Getting It Right: Advancing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights”, presentation to the 6th Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel – 01 June 2015.
- Speaker, “A New Direction: Advancing Aboriginal & Treaty Rights”, presentation to the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch, Calgary, Alberta – 27 February 2015.
- Speaker, “Getting It Right: Reconciling Aboriginal & Treaty Rights”, presentation to the Environmental Managers Association, Vancouver, B.C. – 19 February 2015.
- Speaker, “Getting It Right: Reconciling Aboriginal & Treaty Rights”, presentation to the B.C. Association of Police Chiefs, Richmond, B.C. – 18 February 2015.
- Panel member, “First Nations and Resource Development”, Premier’s B.C. Natural Resources Forum, Prince George, B.C. – 22 January 2015.
- Speaker, “Significance, Implications, and Practical Impact of Tsilhquot’in Nation v. British Columbia”, presentation to the Federal Council, Vancouver, B.C. – 25 September 2014.
- Speaker, “First Nations and Westcoast Energy Infrastructure”, 64th Oilmen’s Business Forum, Banff, Alberta – 20 August 2014.
- Speaker, “Major Business Agreements with First Nations”, Impact Benefit and Related Agreements, Affinity Institute, Vancouver, B.C. – 12 June 2014.
- Panel member, “Commodities & Corridors: Integrating Aboriginal Interest”, Globe 2014 Conference, Vancouver, B.C. – 26 March 2014.
- Speaker, “Forging Partnerships Building Relationships: Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development”, Industry Council for Aboriginal Business, Vancouver, B.C. – 28 February 2014.
- Speaker, “Forging Partnerships Building Relationships: Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development”, B.C. Construction Roundtable, Vancouver, B.C. – 23 January 2014.
- Speaker, “BC Update: Aboriginal Communities and Energy Infrastructure”, Presentation to the Indian Resource Council at the Annual General Meeting – 03 December 2013.
- Speaker, “The Road to Reconciliation: Lessons Learned in the Port of Prince Rupert”, 5th Northeast B.C. Natural Gas Summit, Vancouver B.C. – 24 September 2013.
- Canadian Bar Association
- Association of Defence Trial Attorneys
- National Association of Railway Trial Counsel