Brent’s focus is primarily in business, construction and aboriginal law. He has particular experience in mergers/acquisitions, divestitures, residential and commercial real estate, including leasing and development, secured transactions, securities and financing. Brent’s construction practice is focused on providing advice to general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, owners (with an emphasis on First Nation capital works projects) in all aspects of construction law including bidding and tendering, lien claims, non-payment and deficiency litigation. Brent is frequently involved in the drafting and negotiation of construction agreements, procurement and tendering issues, insurance claims and claims under performance and/or labour and material payment bonds as well as providing advocacy services for mediations, arbitrations, regulatory proceedings and litigation. Brent also provides counsel to a number of First Nations in Manitoba with respect to general governance and employment issues, major on-reserve construction projects, additions to reserve, urban reserves, treaty land entitlement claims, flood claims and election law.
LL.B University of Manitoba 1992
Call to the Bar of Manitoba 1993
Advanced ADR Workshop, University of Windsor Faculty of Law 1996
Leading Teams and Organizations, University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business 2008
Advanced Negotiating Strategies, Harvard University 2017
H.I. Corne Prize for Top Mark in Contract Law – Recipient
Member of the Law Society of Manitoba
Member of the Winnipeg Construction Association
Member of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association
Statement on Covid-19 Preparedness
With growing global concerns around COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), we want to address the steps we have taken to ensure the health, safety and well-being of those attending our offices. The well-being of our employees and guests is a top priority and we are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities at this important time. While the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the current public health risk associated with coronavirus as low, we continue to monitor for developments very closely. Appropriate measures have been implemented to ensure our office is safe and we have protocols in place to ensure they stay that way including:
Introducing enhanced cleaning protocols, with particular focus on high traffic and high contact areas. Coronaviruses are easily eliminated by routine surface cleaning and the cleaning products we use are approved for this purpose;
Increasing communications and reminders with our visitors and employees on important health and safety measures.
To protect yourself and others, we ask that anyone who is feeling unwell refrain from visiting our office so that together we can take reasonable measures to prevent transmission of the virus. Know that we are doing our part by putting employment policies in place so that our staff are protected and are not penalized financially if they need to stay home.
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