Crystal Fafard

Partner 306-986-1559
SASKATOON OFFICE 209-2nd Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3P2
Crystal joined Maurice Law in 2015, following many years of experience practicing law in both the public and private sectors. Crystal’s key areas of practice include corporate/commercial with an emphasis on aboriginal business & economic development, First Nation governance, legislative development, and renewable energy. Crystal has significant experience in corporate governance, energy law, reorganizations, development of corporate structures, investment reviews and sales/purchase transactions. Since 2014, Crystal has been involved in the area of renewable energy including advising on large joint ventures for solar, wind and hydro in various provinces including Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Some current work includes representing a First Nation entity in negotiations of large hydroelectric project and utility scale wind project valued at about $210 million dollars. Some key transactions and legal representation include: • Corporate restructuring of various corporations with holdings over 200 million dollars • Advised Clients with respect to various private investments • Established many Limited Partnership structures • Representation of First Nation entity in partnership of utility scale solar development in Ontario • Representation of First Nations entity in partnership in security services industry in resource industry region of Northern Alberta • Represented public potash resource developer in successful taxation negotiations successfully resolved • Represented publishing/media entity in multi-million dollar taxation matter successfully resolved • Represented various clients (public and private) in sale and purchase of shares or business assets • Created private investment vehicle for large real estate firm operating in Saskatchewan and Alberta • Represented private entity in multi-million dollar sale of electrical company to entity in Dubai, UAE Crystal has contributed her skills as Director to a number of corporate and public boards including: • Remai Modern Art Gallery, Saskatoon (2019-Current) • National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA), Nomination Committee, (former) • First Nations Power Authority- Co-Chair and Vice Chair, Saskatchewan & Alberta, (former) • Founding Director, Enterprise Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan (former) • First Nations Bank of Canada, Canada (former) • Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation, Chair, Saskatchewan (current) • SIEF Investments Inc. – Chair, Saskatchewan (current) • FHQ Development Corporation, Saskatchewan (former) • Board of Governors of Lakeland College, Alberta (former)

Community Engagement & Presentations

• Speaker, Renewable Energy 101, First Nations Power Authority Calgary, AB (2018) • Speaker, First Nations Power Authority Renewable Energy Summit, Saskatoon, SK (2015/2017) • Speaker/Panelist, Alberta & Saskatchewan Renewable Energy Financial Summit, Calgary Alberta Panel, "Developers Views on the Business Outlook in Saskatchewan" (2016) • Speaker, Indigenous Partnership Summit, Lloydminster, AB (2014-2015) • Speaker/Panelist, Canadian Institute, Canadian Bar Association, Indigenous Economic Summit Regina, SK (2013-14) • Speaker, World Indigenous Business Conference “Economic Development”, Sydney, Australia (2012) • Speaker, Canadian Institute: Western Aboriginal Consultation for Industry, Edmonton Alberta & Saskatchewan Renewable Energy Financial Summit, Calgary Alberta Panel, “Developers Views on the Business Outlook in Saskatchewan”Alberta, “Examining Provincial Consultation Guidelines and Accommodation Protocols in Alberta and Saskatchewan” (2010) • Speaker, Association of Professional Community Planners of Sask., Regina, SK, “Building Relationships with First Nation Communities” (2010) • Speaker, Northern Administrator’s Conference. Elk Ridge Resort, SK, “Implications of the Duty to Consult in Northern Municipalities” (2010) • Named “Woman of Influence" by SaskBusiness Magazine for her “significant contributions to the Saskatchewan economy” (2009) • Keynote Speaker, Canadian Aboriginal Business & Economic Development Forum-Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (2009) • Guest Speaker, The Canadian Institute: Construction Super-Conference, Saskatoon, SK (2009) • Speaker, The Canadian Institute: Western Aboriginal Consultation for Industry (Mining/Oil and Gas). Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, "Developing Saskatchewan and Alberta's Natural Resources: Best Practices for Economic Development and Partnerships with Industry and Indigenous Communities" (2008) • Speaker, Canadian Bar Association, Regina, SK: Midwinter Meeting President’s Panel “Saskatchewan’s Evolving Demographics” (2008) • Speaker, The Canadian Institute's Aboriginal Consultation for Industry, Edmonton, AB, "Resolving 3rd Party Interests of TLE: A Province by Province Examination" (2008) • Speaker, Canadian Aboriginal Business & Economic Development Calgary, AB (2007)

Education & Professional Memberships

• Canadian Bar Association (2001) • Law Society of Saskatchewan (2002) • Law Society of Alberta (2012) • J.D. (University of British Columbia, (2001) • B.A. (Honours) Indigenous Studies (University of Saskatchewan, (1995)

Practice Areas

• Corporate & Economic Development• Indigenous Governance• Renewable Energy• Duty to Consult and Accommodate
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