Cynthia Callison is a founding partner of Callison & Hanna with a reputation as a leading negotiator in innovative agreements between Indigenous peoples, governments, and resource developers. Cynthia is a graduate of the Sauder School of Business and the Allard School of Law at UBC and she received a Masters in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is an exceptional public speaker and an invited presenter at global dialogues on Indigenous peoples. She currently serves on a number of boards which provide leadership for revitalizing Indigenous cultures and she is an advisory member for the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI). Cynthia is a member of the Tahltan Nation whose territory is the Stikine River Watershed in northwestern BC.
Darwin Hanna is a founding partner of Callison & Hanna with a focus on comprehensive and specific land claims, self-government, and business law. Darwin graduated from SFU and UBC with degrees in Criminology and Law. He is a member of both the Law Society of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. For the last 18 years, Darwin has taught First Nations and Economic Development as an Adjunct Professor at the Allard School of Law at UBC. Recently, he authored Legal Issues on Indigenous Economic Development published by LexisNexis. He was the recipient of the GNWT Premier’s Award for collaboration on the Wildlife Act in 2014. He is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation from the community of Lytton in the Fraser Canyon of BC.
Chaslynn Gillanders has practiced law with Callison & Hanna since 2005 after studying criminology at SFU and receiving her law degree from the Allard School of Law at UBC. Chaslynn's law practice is focused on comprehensive land claims, employment law, and finance law. She is a member of both the Law Society of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. She is a member of the Board of Governors of UBC and a trustee of the Richmond Public Library. While pursuing her post-secondary education, Chaslynn worked as a federal public servant in law enforcement. Chaslynn is a member of Nisga’a Nation in northern BC. She enjoys coaching basketball for the BC Special Olympics.
Michael Segelken has practiced law with Callison & Hanna since 2006 after graduating with degrees in Political Science and Law from UBC and after articling and practicing civil litigation with a large downtown firm. His law practice is focused on business and economic development for Indigenous clients. He has been instrumental in the negotiation and implementation of several complex resource development agreements and trusts. Prior to attending law school, Mike spent five years working in the mining industry which has helped inform negotiations in the resource sector. When he’s not working, Mike enjoys engaging in a variety of outdoor pursuits, especially cross-country skiing. Mike was raised in North Vancouver, BC.
Caroline Roberts joined Callison & Hanna as an associate in 2017. Her law practice focus is on strategic consultation and accommodation processes and implementing treaty related measures. Caroline graduated with a specialization in Aboriginal Law from the Allard School of Law at UBC. Prior to law school, she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Indigenous Studies from UBC. Outside the office, Caroline likes to practice yoga, walk her dogs, and spend time with family. Caroline is a member of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation near Campbell River, BC.
Kirk Gehl joined Callison & Hanna as an associate in 2017. His law practice focus is on administrative law and specific claims including tribunal hearings and appeals. He is a graduate of the Allard School of Law at UBC. Prior to attending law school, Kirk studied Political Science and received a Bachelor of Arts from Western University in London, Ontario. In his free time, Kirk enjoys traveling to new places and learning new hobbies. Kirk is an Aboriginal person who grew up near Toronto, Ontario.
Kirsten Barnes recently became a member of the Law Society of British Columbia after articling with Callison and Hanna. Her law practice is focused on Indigenous self determination including governance and jurisdiction. She graduated from the Allard School of Law at UBC with a focus on Social Justice and a specialization in Aboriginal Law. Prior to attending law school, Kirsten obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from UNBC. Kirsten taught school for a number of years in her home community of Hazelton and she was the first B.C. recipient of the Indspire Guiding the Journey Educator Award in 2013. She has served multiple terms on the First Nations Schools Association Board and Executive Committee. Kirsten is a member of the Gitxsan Nation in northern BC.