Sharon Singh specializes in providing regulatory, governance, environmental law and Indigenous relations advice to resource, construction and infrastructure development projects. Sharon's niche is helping clients:
- secure primary and secondary project development and operational approvals;
- negotiate commercial agreements;
- develop strategic and socially responsible approaches to government, Indigenous and community consultation and engagement;
- develop and implement procurement, contractor management, risk identification and management practices;
- build business resilience and manage crisis and incident response;
- implement transparency and anti-corruption systems and processes;
- develop and advocate for policies (ranging from climate change policies to developing regional economic development and local policies for projects);
- create and execute tactical and strategic plans to advance project proposals (e.g., removing restrictions on investment); and to
- connect and network with target stakeholders to help advance the objective.
Before joining Bennett Jones LLP, Sharon was with a leading mining company based in Australia and Canada, working across many fields including commercial, legal, regulatory, government, and community relations. Sharon has a built a reputation for her ability to progress issues through creating trusting relationships between industry groups, associations, governments, Indigenous and local communities, and the not-for-profit sector.
In the community, Sharon is a founding member and the Vice-Chair Policy of the Business Council of British Columbia's Next Leaders Council. She is a member of the Business Council of British Columbia's Aboriginal, Environmental, and Community committees and the Association for Mineral Exploration's Aboriginal Relations, and Land Access and Use committees. She also is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and is on the executive of the Aboriginal Law section of the British Columbia chapter. Sharon also serves on the board of D.A.R.E. BC, a not-for-profit organization that empowers British Columbia children with the critical thinking and life skills necessary to choose a drug-free life.
In March 2016, Sharon was awarded a Wendy McDonald Award, in the category of Women of Promise by the Leadership Circle of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. She was recognized as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500: Canada in the Aboriginal law—next generation lawyers category.