Renée Pelletier

Renée Pelletier is the managing partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend. Her practice includes work on Aboriginal and treaty rights litigation and specific claims. She has litigated judicial review applications and appeared before various levels of courts on motions, trials, and appeals. Renée was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in the high-profile case R v Ipeelee, 2012 SCC 13. She regularly advises and represents Indigenous clients on consultation matters, regulatory and environmental matters, reserve land management, and impacts and benefits agreements. Renée is especially passionate about assisting her Indigenous clients in achieving greater self-determination. She also strives to incorporate the legal traditions of her Indigenous clients into the work she does on their behalf. Renée has also served as a member of the Federal Environmental Assessment Expert Review Panel, which engaged Canadians and Indigenous peoples and provided recommendations to the Government of Canada on reforms to federal environmental assessment processes. Renée is a member of the New Brunswick and Ontario bars. She is French Acadian, her first language is French, and she is fluently bilingual in both French and English. Renée is also a member of the Indigenous Bar Association and a frequent guest lecturer on Aboriginal and environmental law. She is recognized as one of the best lawyers in the field of Aboriginal law by Best Lawyers magazine and is listed as a “consistently recommended” lawyer in the Canadian Lexpert Directory.

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