Carl McKay

Of Counsel

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Carl McKay has built a unique skill set from his strong corporate commercial background and experience assisting Indigenous governments and institutions with various commercial matters, including economic development opportunities.

His experience, combined with the relationships that he has developed with Indigenous groups and institutions, has given him an in-depth understanding of both sides of these important relationships.

Carl is a trusted legal advisor to several Indigenous groups and First Nations governments. Carl’s practice primarily focuses on economic development for First Nations including First Nation partnerships with industry and private-equity investors, in the pursuit of other growth opportunities. Carl has developed deep ties to Indigenous communities and Inuit and Inuvialuit organizations over many years.

For institutions, Carl advises clients in a wide range of sectors and helps proponents plan, structure and implement projects. He assists with corporate and commercial aspects of development projects including investments in renewable energy projects. He advises on the structuring of commercial relationships (joint ventures, partnerships, limited partnerships etc.), and handles corporate governance matters including advising boards of directors about their duties.

First Nations and others count on Carl to help navigate and advise in negotiations. He provides strategic advice and planning in the development and structuring of joint ventures. Not one to sugar-coat, Carl is open and upfront about outcomes and is known for his straightforward approach.


  • Called to the bar of Nunavut (2018)
  • Called to the bar of Ontario (2004)
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School (2003)
  • B.A. (Hons.), Law and Society/History, York University (1999)


  • Canadian Bar Association—member
  • Ontario Bar Association—member
  • Canadian Association of Black Lawyers—member
  • Law Society of Ontario—member