Cherie is a Partner and National Leader in the Electricity and Indigenous Law Groups. She has a commercial practice across a wide variety of sectors including, energy and transmission, land development and financing on First Nations lands, franchising, cannabis and economic development. She also provides strategic policy and governance counsel to Indigenous groups seeking to exercise their jurisdiction and authority.
Industry clients in the natural resource, energy and infrastructure sectors will seek Cherie’s counsel when developing projects or partnerships with Indigenous groups and to understand the legal considerations relevant to Canada, and with respect to the constitutionally protected interests of the Indigenous nations with which Canada shares its land and jurisdiction.
In 2017, Cherie received the Lexpert Zenith Award, a national award recognizing women’s contributions in the law. In 2012, she was named one of Lexpert’s “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40”.
In 2012, Cherie completed the first 100 per cent First Nation-owned wind-power project in Ontario and is active in renewable energy development having now completed over 300 MW of renewable energy partnerships involving First Nations and completed over 1000 MW of partnerships involving First Nations for competitive procurement processes. As lead counsel to the First Nations Energy Alliance (a consortium of twenty First Nations) on the Integrated Power System Plan review before the Ontario Energy Board, her counsel was instrumental in promoting Aboriginal participation models for renewable energy procurement.