Brent Kaneski



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

Professional Involvement/Achievements

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


The law firm of BD Oakes Jardine Kaneski UnRuh LLP acknowledges that we live and work in the territories of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. The firm sits in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1, signed in 1871, took this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations to make the land available for settler use and ownership.

This land acknowledgment is about being honest and accurate about the Original Peoples of this land as well as other Indigenous communities who lived and continue to live where the firm presently stands. It is an expression of respect and appreciation for these ancestors, and their present-day relatives, who continue to love and care for the land. This acknowledgment is offered in the belief that doing so will help us to be mindful lawyers, advocates, and citizens of the community we share with indigenous peoples.

We are committed to learning more about the issues shaping the lives of indigenous peoples, and to cultivate and put into practice skills that will contribute to a decolonized, anti-discriminatory future devoid of prejudice and racism. In expressing and enacting our land acknowledgment, we commit to honouring and supporting movements of self-determination and wellbeing led by indigenous guardians, stewards, and protectors of this land that we share. This responsibility includes engaging with, questioning, and critiquing those practices and structures, within and outside our firm, that perpetuate the status quo as it concerns indigenous lands, waters, and people in Manitoba.  Our land acknowledgment is not fixed but living. It is fluid and open to change as we continue to learn.