Eric J. Woodhouse

Senior Counsel

  • ewoodhouse@jfklaw.ca
  • P 250-405-2531
  • C 250-480-9732
  • 816 - 1175 Douglas Street Victoria, BC V8W 2E1

Eric Woodhouse practices aboriginal law, with an emphasis on treaty and other negotiations.

In addition to treaty related work, Eric has negotiated a wide range of agreements for First Nations and First Nation organisations, including hydro electricity related agreements such as Remote Community Electrification Arrangements, local education agreements, child protection services agreements, municipal services arrangements, parks co-management agreements, and impact / benefit agreements in the electric utility and mining sectors. Eric has also negotiated major settlements for adverse impacts to First Nations’ rights caused by development projects, which have included significant financial payments and consultation commitments.

In addition to his work for First Nation clients, Eric has substantial experience in the electricity utility sector, having been, for many years, General Counsel to the Yukon Energy Corporation, that territory’s electricity service provider.

Eric continues to represent and serve clients throughout the province of British Columbia, and is one of several JFK lawyers named in the current Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory as a leading practitioner in his field.

Education

  • University of Ottawa, LL.B., 1977
  • Carleton University, Bachelor of Arts (History), 1974
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar, 1979
  • Called to the Yukon Bar, 1984

Highlights

  • More than 20 years experience representing First Nations and First Nation organizations.

  • Represented a First Nation dramatically impacted by the creation of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and Williston Reservoir through multi-year negotiations, culminating with a major settlement providing for, among other things, significant annual payments for the life of the dam, a trust fund for future generations of band members and significant Crown consultation obligations.

  • Experienced in negotiating impact benefit agreements across a variety of resource sectors.