Tim Thielmann

  • Tim Thielmann

    Tim Thielmann
    Tel: 250.415.6761
    Fax: 250.361.9429

  • Tim grew up in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. He took his law degree from the University of Victoria, and joined DGW Law as an articling student in 2009. Tim has a diverse indigenous law practice, with experience advancing indigenous rights through consultation, regulatory processes, negotiation, and litigation in many resource sectors, including oil and gas, mining, forestry, renewable energy, and others. In another key aspect of his practice, Tim utilizes his experience in corporate and commercial law to promote the economic development goals of his indigenous clients and address tax, liability, and governance considerations. Tim has also advised on a range of other legal issues for indigenous clients, including community development plans, land use plans, cumulative effects management, employment matters such as wrongful dismissal, human rights, and HR policy, criminal or regulatory charges, and Indian Act issues such as governance, status, and bylaw development.

    Representative Experience:


    • Appeared in a number of consultation cases, including West Moberly First Nations v. British Columbia (Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources) 2011 BCCA 247, which established the Crown’s obligation to consider cumulative effects
    • National Energy Board regulatory hearings and provincial environmental assessments on pipelines, mines, and other resource development projects
    • Wrongful dismissal claims, including civil actions, mediation, and Labour Code adjudications


    • Negotiated and drafted Impact Benefit Agreements in the pipeline, mining, forestry, wind, and oil and gas sectors
    • Negotiated Crown resource revenue sharing agreements
    • Negotiated and drafted consultation process agreements with the Crown and industry

    Economic Development

    • Negotiated and drafted commercial real estate transactions
    • Structured and drafted limited partnerships, trusts, joint ventures, and other business structures and transactions in various resource sectors
    • Experienced with tax issues, including Indian Act and Income Tax Act exemptions for First Nations
    • Developed Indian Act bylaws related to banishment of serious offenders, and other matters

    Strategic Planning

    • Helped design and implement a multi-party strategic environmental assessment process in northeast British Columbia
    • Provided advice on the design and implementation of First Nation’s community economic development plans
    • Provided corporate structuring services to optimize First Nation’s businesses for tax, liability, and governance considerations

    Professional and Community Activities

    • Vice-Chair, Canadian Bar Association Aboriginal Law Section (Vancouver Island): 2016 – present
    • Chair, Canadian Bar Association Aboriginal Law Section (Vancouver Island): 2010 – 2016
    • Fellow, University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre: 2011 – present
    • Director, Sierra Club BC: 2011 – 2015
    • Director, Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team Society: 2012-2016

    For a list of Tim’s published articles and speaking engagements, please click here.

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