Crystal Fafard

Partner 306-986-1559
SASKATOON OFFICE 209-2nd Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3P2
Crystal is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation and joined Maurice Law in 2015, following many years of practicing law in both the public and private sectors. Crystal’s key areas of practice include corporate/commercial with an emphasis on Indigenous business & economic development, First Nation governance, legislative development, Impact Benefit Agreements and renewable energy matters. Crystal has significant experience in corporate governance, energy law, corporate reorganizations, development of complex corporate structures. Some key transactions and legal representation include: • Impact Benefit Agreement negotiation and drafting Saskatchewan and Ontario • Corporate restructuring of various corporations in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario • Advised Clients regarding due diligence regarding acquisition of shares and assets • Established various Limited Partnership structures in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario • 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 publicly traded potash resource developer successfully in taxation negotiations successfully resolved • Represented national publishing/media entity in multi-million dollar taxation matter successfully resolved • Represented various clients (public and private) in sale and acquisition of shares or business assets • Created private investment vehicle for large real estate investment 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: • STC Industrial Group (Saskatoon Tribal Council entity) – Chair 2022-current • SIEF Investments Inc. – Director, Saskatchewan 2005-current • Saskatchewan Indigenous Enterprise Foundation, Chair, Saskatchewan 2005-current • Nature Conservancy of Canada (SK region) 2019-2023 • Remai Modern Art Gallery, Saskatoon 2019-2022 • 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) • FHQ Development Corporation, Saskatchewan (former) • Board of Governors of Lakeland College, Alberta (former)

Community Engagement & Presentations

Canadian Bar Association BC, Respecting and Preserving Indigenous Identities (2023) Canadian Bar Association, Panel on “Ensuring Respectful Interaction with Indigenous Clients” (2022) • Queen’s University, Panel on “Indigenous Reconciliation” (2022) • Panelist with Law Society Saskatchewan: Gender and Equality in the Practice of law (2021) • 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, and “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) • ICD.D designation from Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman’s School of Business University of Toronto

Practice Areas

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