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Bridget Gilbride *

Partner Fasken
Knowledge of indigenous and environmental law is integral to developing projects in Canada.
Jurisdiction British Columbia, 2010 | Yukon, 2019
Language(s) English
Office(s) Vancouver
*Law Corporation


Bridget Gilbride is a partner in our Vancouver office. She is an experienced litigator specializing in Indigenous and environmental law. Bridget advises on permitting, environmental assessments, and Indigenous and Aboriginal legal issues such as the duty to consult, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and section 35 of the Constitution. Bridget’s core focus is advising clients advancing projects, through provincial and federal approval processes, and representing them in regulatory hearings and litigation. She has acted as counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia, Yukon, and the Federal Court, as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada and numerous administrative tribunals.

Extensive experience in Indigenous legal issues

Bridget assists clients in understanding the law and their obligations with respect to Indigenous legal issues in Canada, as set out in legislation, the constitution, and by the courts. This area of law is constantly evolving and Bridget provides flexible, respectful, and practical advice to clients  developing relationships with Indigenous communities and, when necessary, represents their interests in court challenges, injunctions and regulatory proceedings.

Strategic environmental law advice

Bridget has expertise in obtaining project approvals, including environmental assessment and permitting; administrative appeals and judicial reviews of project approvals; contaminated sites; compliance with statutory and regulatory conditions; and resisting and obtaining injunctions.

Natural resource projects

Bridget advises proponents of proposed and existing mining and energy projects, from first concept into operation, on all aspects of environmental, regulatory, and Indigenous legal issues. In particular, she represented BC Hydro in the environmental assessment joint review panel hearings, and has subsequently defended numerous court challenges to project approvals for the Site C Clean Energy Project, a large hydroelectric dam and generating station, that will provide clean energy to British Columbia. She has also represented clients at the Supreme Court of Canada on important cases defining aspects of Aboriginal law in Canada.



Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • LLB University of British Columbia
  • MSc, Mathematics University of British Columbia
  • BSc (Hons), Mathematics Queen's University

Community involvement

  • Team Canada (Women's Masters), Co-Captain, World Ultimate Championships 2012 (silver medallist)
  • Team Canada (Mixed), World Ultimate Championships 2008 (gold medallist)
  • Access Pro Bono Volunteer Lawyer

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Board Member, Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)
  • Board Member, British Columbia Ultimate Society
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association


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