Mr. Eyford has broad experience in civil litigation matters, representing clients in claims involving fraud, contract disputes, negligence, defamation, product liability, railway law, and fire loss. He regularly acts for securities industry participants on matters relating to investment dealer litigation and regulatory enforcement.
In the field of insurance law, he provides advice on coverage and residency issues and acts for Canadian and US insurers in proceedings involving life, disability, motor vehicle, and sports and recreation claims.
In October 2007, Mr. Eyford was appointed chief federal negotiator by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development for comprehensive claims and self-government negotiations. He regularly acts for governments, industry, and First Nations communities in the negotiation of impact and benefit agreements.
The government of Canada appointed Mr. Eyford special federal representative for west coast energy infrastructure in March 2013. His report to the Prime Minister entitled Forging Partnerships Building Relationships, Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development was published in December 2013.
Mr. Eyford has appeared as trial and appellate counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia as well as regulatory and administrative tribunals. He has extensive experience in alternate forms of dispute resolution, representing clients at arbitrations and mediations and in treaty negotiations. He recently negotiated the resolution of issues between the Prince Rupert Port Authority and First Nations communities involving the expansion of container terminal facilities in the Port of Prince Rupert for which he received the 2011-2012 Deputy Ministers’ Recognition Award from the Government of Canada.
- Canadian Bar Association
- Association of Defence Trial Attorneys
- National Association of Railway Trial Counsel
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Mr. Eyford has been a guest lecturer at the Professional Legal Training Course on trial advocacy and practice and at LangaraCollege and the University of British Columbia on media law issues. He has presented papers at various industry related seminars and conferences, including the following:
- “The Road to Reconciliation – Lessons Learned in the Port of Prince Rupert”, (Insight Conference, September 2013)
- “The New British Columbia Supreme Court Civil Rules” with Mary Locke Macaulay (Client Seminar, September 2010)
- “The Requirement to Know Your Client”, presentation to CIBC Securities Inc., Vancouver, November 2009
- “Defending Chronic Pain”, Client Seminar, January 2008
- “Effectively Managing and Litigating Depression and Psychological Claims”, The Canadian Institute’s 8th Annual Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Toronto, November 2006
- “The Role of Neuropsychological Assessments in Determining Disability”, Insight Conference, Vancouver, September 2005
- “The Application of Causation and Mitigation Principles in Disability Insurance Claims”, The Canadian Institute’s 5th Annual Litigating Disability Claims, Toronto, November 2004
- “Determining What is ‘Reasonable’ or ‘Appropriate’ Medical Treatment and Duty to Mitigate”, Insight Conference, Vancouver, April 2004
- “The Duty to Act Reasonably: A Case Commentary on Sander v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada”, The Canadian Institute’s Managing Litigating Clinical Disability Claims, Toronto, June 2003
- “Causation in Tort Claims”, Client Seminar, May 2002