Robert Lapper QC

Robert Lapper QC | British Columbia

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Robert Lapper is a senior public law lawyer with an extensive background in professional regulation and governance, aboriginal law, and negotiations with First Nations. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria (British Columbia) Law School,

After several years in private practice he joined the Government of the Province of British Columbia in 1994 as counsel to its then new treaty negotiation process, and was appointed Senior Counsel, Aboriginal Law. He was subsequently appointed to senior executive positions in the Government of the Province of British Columbia, including Assistant Deputy Attorney General – Legal Services, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Relations, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, and Deputy Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services, and Open Government.

Robert moved to Toronto in 2012 and took up the position as Chief Executive Officer, Law Society of Upper Canada (now Law Society of Ontario), Canada’s largest regulator of legal professionals. He retired from that position in 2017, and currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Robert has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia and at the Supreme Court of Canada. He served as counsel to the Nigsa’a Final Agreement – the first “modern” treaty with First Nations in British Columbia and several other negotiations with First Nations in British Columbia. He has served as instructing counsel on several precedent setting cases, including recent decisions on the duties and scope of the regulatory authority of law societies, tobacco health care cost recovery litigation, historic institutional abuse litigation, and aboriginal rights and title claims. He has written and spoken extensively on professional regulation and aboriginal law issues.