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Charles F.  Willms

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 Alberta, 1990 | Yukon, 1983 | British Columbia, 1980
Language(s) English
Office(s) Vancouver

Charles F. (Chuck) Willms is Chair of the firm's Indigenous Law group. He has considerable experience in Indigenous, corporate social responsibility (CSR), commercial, competition, and constitutional matters. He also advises on expropriations and property assessments. Chuck’s industry knowledge encompasses the construction, energy, forestry, and mining sectors.

Having represented clients at all levels of federal court, Chuck has also appeared before the Property Assessment Appeal Board; Competition Tribunal; supreme courts of BC and Yukon; Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, and BC, Alberta; and Yukon courts of appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has extensive experience in alternate dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

Chuck is Chair of the Vancouver Specialty Litigation Business Unit.

Recognition of Chuck’s work in Indigenous Law for 2017 includes rankings in Chambers Global, Chamber Canada, and The Best Lawyers in Canada. The latter also recognizes his expertise in alternative dispute resolution.





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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Director, British Columbia Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (BCSSGA)
  • BC Roadbuilders and Heavy Duty Construction Association
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Member of Aboriginal Affairs Committee (PDAC)
  • British Columbia Business Council - Aboriginal Affairs Committee
Aboriginal Program - Revenue Transparency and the Disclosure to Aboriginal Communities: Helpful Tool or Impending Obstacle? location location Toronto
Aboriginal Forum location location Toronto
Aboriginal Forum: Sharing experiences and strategies from Canada’s north location location Toronto


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