Site C Legal Team
Meet the legal team retained in 2017 to represent the West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation in their legal battle against the Site C dam.
Reidar Mogerman is a partner at Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman. He was called to the bar in 1997 and has worked as counsel and as an advisor on major public and private law litigation in all levels of court in British Columbia. He has also acted as counsel before the Alberta Court of Queens Bench, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Sonya practices aboriginal and commercial litigation with Woodward and Company Lawyers LLP. She has extensive experience in large-scale litigation and arbitration, addressing issues in contract and statutory interpretation, aboriginal law, administrative law, injunctions, and property ownership and transfer. Sonya has appeared as co-counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of Court in Alberta, the Federal Courts, and the British Columbia Supreme Court.
Tim is the founder and principal of Sage Legal. His experience as a lawyer spans a wide range of practice areas, including negotiation, business development, consultation and regulatory processes, litigation, employment, and Indigenous governance matters. He has acted for Indigenous peoples in precedent-setting cases, including in West Moberly First Nations v. British Columbia (Chief Inspector of Mines) 2011 BCCA 247 which some consider to be the high-water mark for consultation cases within a Treaty context.
Chris Tollefson is the founding Executive Director of CELL and a Professor of Law at the University of Victoria. He has degrees from Queen’s, University of Victoria and Osgoode Hall Law School, and clerked at the BC Court of Appeal for Justices Lambert and Macdonald. Chris combines teaching and research on environmental issues with counsel work for various public interest environmental clients. This counsel work has included appearances before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and various environmental regulatory boards and tribunals.