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 for their priority and complex projects.
Sharon specializes in providing advice on regulatory, governance, environmental, and Aboriginal law to infrastructure, mining, energy, construction, technology, agribusiness, and transportation sectors. She has been providing practical advice on implementing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles, practises, and reporting, and Indigenous and community relations for decades.
- assists clients in embedding proactive ESG and Corporate Social Responsibility practices within their organization;
- advises both industry and Indigenous peoples on navigating the regulatory and environmental/impact assessment processes;
- advises on partnerships between Indigenous peoples and industry, including in the Indigenous peoples' capacity as rights holders and decision makers;
- undertakes regulatory and environmental audits, complex due diligence and risk assessments;
- assists clients in responding to inspections and investigations, and defending environmental and regulatory prosecutions, and disaster management, planning and related responses; and
- negotiates commercial agreements.
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.
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.