About Rob

What does it mean to
be a Happy Warrior?

Rob Botterell is a lawyer, strategic consultant and public speaker focusing on major project negotiations, law drafting, indigenous law, resource law and client advocacy.

Focused

Rob focuses on major project negotiations, law drafting, aboriginal law, resource law and advocating on behalf of clients. Rob led a team that put together the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation and advised on the Personal Property Security Act and others.

Persuasive

He negotiated the key provisions of the Maa-nulth Treaty for Huu-ay-aht, has drafted over 500 pages of laws, and has negotiated with all levels of government and industry on major projects. He was a Trustee of the Islands Trust and in 2012 chaired a panel at the UBCM annual convention on “Voting on the Internet”.

Experienced

Rob has an LL.B. from UVic and MBA from UBC, and is a Fellow of Institute of Canadian Bankers after having been the TD Bank Regional Comptroller in the 1980’s. Rob has practiced law in British Columbia for over 20 years.

Character of the Happy Warrior

By William Wordsworth

Who is the happy Warrior? Who is he
That every man in arms should wish to be?
—It is the generous Spirit, who, when brought
Among the tasks of real life, hath wrought
Upon the plan that pleased his boyish thought:
Whose high endeavours are an inward light
That makes the path before him always bright;
Who, with a natural instinct to discern
What knowledge can perform, is diligent to learn;

Rob is a principled and trusted team builder. He has a proven record of breaking through log jams for major negotiations and has served as a successful nexus between multiple parties.

Rob is an expert on major project negotiations, law drafting, Indigenous law, resource law and advocating on behalf of clients. He is a negotiator and strategist with two decades of experience working in government, for municipalities and Indigenous communities. Rob’s expertise spans issues relating to economic development, government legislation, treaty negotiations, post-treaty legislation, social services, housing, and industry projects including fisheries, LNG, forestry, energy and mining.

Rob led the team that developed the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation and advised on government legislation most notably the Personal Property Security Act. He negotiated the key provisions of the Maa-nulth Treaty for Huu-ay-aht, has represented the Huu-ay-aht, the Cowichan as well as the Wet’suwet’en Nations on key issues. Rob has drafted over 500 pages of laws, and has negotiated with all levels of government and industry on major projects.

Rob has an LL.B. from UVic and MBA from UBC, and is a Fellow of Institute of Canadian Bankers after having been the TD Bank Regional Comptroller in the 1980’s. Rob is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association, and has practiced law in British Columbia for over 20 years.

Naacałuk

Always Watching

Huu-ay-aht First Nations honoured Rob with the traditional name Naacałuk, which means “always watching” in Nuu-chah-nulth. This matches the Botterell family maxim: semper vigilans/always vigilant. Rob is often compared to a forest bear in his approach to protecting and advancing the interests of his clients.
The forest bear is a symbol of strength and knowledge, having shown the people through his actions how to unlock the power of the forest. With its many human-like qualities, the bear is thought of as “elder kinsman.” As a close relation, the bear is a link between the human and nonhuman realms. Bears are frequently the guardians, protectors and helping spirits of those seeking strength and confidence in adversity. They are strong and dependable protectors.

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