Andrew is a mining lawyer focused on Northern Ontario and other prime mining districts. Andrew routinely drafts option and Net Smelter Returns (NSR) royalty agreements and handles a wide range of transactional, regulatory and government relations matters, as well as disputes, for the exploration, mining and mineral processing sectors. Andrew has been the lead lawyer for numerous projects involving critical minerals and critical mineral supply chains.
Andrew has over 15 years post-Call experience (LSO 2005). In addition to his private sector experience, he has worked as a senior political advisor for federal cabinet ministers, in provincial public appointments, in the federal public service, as an energy and climate change consultant and defense contractor. Andrew sees files from the perspective of more than a lawyer. He is ideal for major projects and projects that involve the public-private interface and complex problems with both legal and non-legal aspects.
Andrew’s clients are exploration companies, operating miners, large private equity interests, publicly traded and private companies at all stages and shareholders and subsurface optionors. As part of a team, Andrew has played a key role in a financing for an operating miner worth over $200M U.S., a successful proxy contest leading to a change in board and executive management composition for a publicly-traded mining company, the permitting of an exploration project in a provincial park and numerous transactions in the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars.
For projects requiring a team, Andrew works sometimes as part of Canadian Mining Advisors or whatever larger team drawn from his extensive network may be required.
Andrew is licenced in both Ontario and Manitoba. He holds Certificates in P3s and Mining Law from Osgoode Hall Professional Development and an LL.M. in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School (2004). Andrew graduated with degrees in the civil and common law from McGill (B.C.L. & LL.B. 2002), a top 20 global university. The Province of Manitoba named Andrew their Vice Chair for the Expert Advisory Council on the Province’s climate and green plan (2018-present), which includes work on ZEVs. The Province of Manitoba also appointed Andrew to the provincial Manitoba Liaison Committee on Mining and Exploration (MLCME) (2019-present).
Andrew has been married for almost 20 years and enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, canoeing, camping, running, trail running, cross-country skiing and lifting free weights when he is not practicing law.
A short article on approaches to critical minerals by Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan published in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's online Natural Resources Law Network (subscription required, link towards bottom)
Some general tips on pitfalls to avoid with an option agreement in the minerals sector gleaned in part from a review of a British Columbia Court of Appeal decision, published on LinkedIn
An exploration of the link between federal investment review law and the mining sector published on LinkedIn (update: acquisition was vetoed)
Ontario Court of Appeal case brief published on LinkedIn
This co-authored 2002 paper for the former NAFTA side-agreement secretariat on environmental securities disclosure, the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, is still widely cited
Andrew contributed to the recommendations of the Transportation Subcommittee of the Manitoba Expert Advisory Council on the Province's climate and green plan, which included a 100% mandate for new vehicle sales to be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2035, a shift that highlights the importance of critical minerals supply chains