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Charles Willms Vancouver Lawyer

Charles F. Willms *

Counsel Fasken
In ensuring fulfilment of the Crown’s consultation obligations, proponents should be involved in all phases of the process, especially where Indigenous groups raise concerns that should or could be answered by proponents, and may not be addressed adequately by the Crown.
Jurisdiction British Columbia, 1980
Language(s) English
Office(s) Vancouver
*Law Corporation


Charles F. (Chuck) Willms has considerable experience in Indigenous, corporate social responsibility (CSR), commercial and constitutional matters.

Chuck’s industry knowledge encompasses the construction, energy, forestry, and mining sectors. Having represented clients at both levels of federal court, Chuck has also appeared before the supreme courts of BC and the Yukon; Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, and BC, Alberta; and Yukon courts of appeal. He has appeared numerous times in the Supreme Court of Canada.

He has extensive experience in alternate dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. He is consistently ranked by top legal publications as one of the best lawyers in Canada for Indigenous law.



Client Work

  • Site C Litigation,
  • Vancouver International Airport and Musqueam Indian Band sign momentous agreement for shared benefit,
  • Da’naxda’xw/Awaetlala First Nation v. British Columbia (Energy Mines and Natural Gas), 2016 BCCA 163;,
  • Voters Taking Action on Climate Change v. British Columbia (Energy and Mines), 2015 BCSC 471,
  • Site C Indigenous Legal Issues, Ongoing since November 2014
  • Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44,
  • Haisla Nation v. Bear Creek Contracting Ltd., 2012 BCSC 1912,
  • Allard v. Assessor of Area #24 - Cariboo, 2012 BCSC 1278,
  • Whistler (Resort Municipality) v. Whistler Aggregates Ltd., 2012 BCSC 151,

Career & Education


  • LLM Harvard Law School, Harvard University
  • LLB, (Gold Medallist) University of Victoria
  • BSc Simon Fraser University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Former Director, British Columbia Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (BCSSGA)
  • Former Member, BC Roadbuilders and Heavy Duty Construction Association
  • Former Member, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Member of Aboriginal Affairs Committee (PDAC)
  • Former Member, British Columbia Business Council - Aboriginal Affairs Committee
  • Former Member, Law Society of Yukon
  • Former Member, Law Society of Alberta



Fasken Institute



Speaking Engagements

Aboriginal Program - Revenue Transparency and the Disclosure to Aboriginal Communities: Helpful Tool or Impending Obstacle? PDAC 2016 Convention location location Toronto
Aboriginal Forum PDAC 2016 Convention location location Toronto
Aboriginal Forum: Sharing experiences and strategies from Canada’s north PDAC 2015 Convention location location Toronto


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