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ETIENNE

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ETIENNE ESQUEGA

Etienne has experience in dealing with a wide range of legal issues and has appeared on numerous occasions before administrative tribunals, the courts of Ontario and the Federal Court of Canada. Etienne also routinely provides advice and representation on governance, negotiations, strategy and corporate/commercial matters.

Etienne offers general legal services and advice on the following areas:

Etienne was born and raised in Thunder Bay. He is a member of the Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek (Rocky Bay First Nation) and grew up with his grandparents. After graduating from Port Arthur Collegiate Institute he went on to further his studies at the University of Windsor where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science. Etienne attended Osgood Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2005. Etienne has been in private practice since his call to the bar and has had the privilege of being exposed to many areas of civil litigation and general counsel files earlier on in his career. This experience helped Etienne develop the skills which now assist him in finding the most practical and efficient solutions for his client's legal issues.

  • EDUCATION
  • MEMBERSHIPS
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

  • Bachelors of Law (LLB), Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Bachelors of Arts (BA), Political Science, University of Windsor

While in law school, Etienne's abilities were recognized with scholarships from the Assembly of First Nations and from the Native Law Centre of Canada (University of Saskatchewan), for his academic achievements and commitment to the advancement of First Nations people in Canada.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Law Society of Ontario (Call to the Bar 2005)
  • The Indigenous Bar Association
  • The Canadian Bar Association – Ontario Bar Association
  • Thunder Bay Law Association

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2021 - Present: Director, LawPro Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company
  • 2020 - Present: Inquest Hearing Officer, Roster Member, Chief Coroner’s Office of Ontario
  • 2019 - Present: Elected Bencher, Northwest Regional Representative, Law Society of Ontario
  • 2019 – Present: Adjudicator, Hearing Division, Law Society Tribunal
  • 2017 - Present: Coach of Bora Laskin Faculty of Law Moot Team, Annual Kawaskimhon Moot (Aboriginal Law)
  • 2009 - Present: Trustee, Red Rock Indian Band Hydro-Minor Settlement Trust Fund
  • 2014 - Present: Trustee, Gull Bay First Nation OPG Settlement Trust
  • 2020 - 2021: Trustee, Law Foundation of Ontario
  • 2016-2019: Member, and Co-Chair, Indigenous Advisory Group, Law Society of Ontario