Sharon Singh's perspective, approach, and advice are informed by over a decade of experience working in industry, and allow her to provide practical, strategic, and innovative solutions to clients. Clients "really do count on her counsel" for their priority and complex projects.
Sharon specializes in providing regulatory, governance, environmental law, Aboriginal law, and Indigenous and community relations advice to infrastructure, mining, energy, construction, technology, agribusiness, and transportation sectors.
She advises project teams, operations, management, and boards on governance matters, permitting and regulatory processes, including environmental and impact assessments, transportation of dangerous goods, and director and officer liability. Sharon’s niche crises and risk management practice includes responding to inspections and investigations, defence of environmental and regulatory prosecutions, proactive corporate social responsibility/ESG, and disaster management, planning and related responses.
She also conducts regulatory and environmental audits, undertakes complex due diligence and risk assessments, advises on commercial agreements, and drafting agreements with Indigenous peoples.
Before joining Bennett Jones, Sharon was with Rio Tinto, based in Australia and Canada, holding senior positions across many fields including commercial, legal, regulatory, government, and community relations.
Sharon has 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. She has authored a number of key policy commentaries and practitioner guides. Sharon is also a sought after presenter and advisor to senior industry, corporate, industry associations, and public policy audiences on emerging areas of policy and law and their effects on business and industry.
In the community, Sharon is a:
- Senior policy advisor to the Mining Association of British Columbia.
- Contributing member of the Business Council of British Columbia's Aboriginal, Environmental, and Community committees.
- Contributing member of the Mining Association of Canada's Aboriginal, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, TSM and International Social Responsibility, and Aboriginal Affairs committees.
- Contributing member of the Association for Mineral Exploration's Aboriginal Relations, and Land Access and Use committees.
- Founding member and the Vice-Chair Policy of the Business Council of British Columbia's Next Leaders Council.
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 is recognized as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500: Canada in the Aboriginal law—next generation lawyers category, Associate to Watch in Aboriginal Law by Chambers, and a Business in Vancouver's 40 under 40 recipient. 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.