Arend J.A. Hoekstra


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Arend Hoekstra, CPA, CA, is a partner in the Business Law Group at Cassels. Arend is also a Chartered Professional Accountant. Arend provides advice on the duty to consult, treaty negotiations, project-related environmental and regulatory matters, mining projects, legislative drafting, litigation matters including judicial review proceedings, use of Reserve lands including Section 53(1) easements, Section 28(2) tenures, and rights-of-way, drafting of Impact Benefit Agreements and Capacity Funding Agreements, and financing and acquisition of mineral resource properties. His previous experience includes acting as a Senior Advisor for one of Canada’s largest mines and acting as a controller for a large helicopter services company serving the mineral exploration and mining industry in the NWT. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Arend worked with governments, including Indigenous governments and communities, across the NWT and Nunavut.

Arend’s publications include:

  • Implementing UNDRIP in Canada: Challenges with Bill C-262, House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs (co-authored with Thomas Isaac)
  • Identity and Federalism: Understanding the Implications of Daniels v Canada, Supreme Court Law Review (co-authored with Thomas Isaac)
  • Uncertainty in Dealing with Private Property Rights and Aboriginal Title, British Columbia Real Estate Law Developments (co-authored with Thomas Isaac)

Arend earned his J.D. from the University of British Columbia and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration co-conferred by Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia-Okanagan.

Arend is recognized as “Up & Coming” by Chambers Canada for his work in Aboriginal Law.

  • Chambers Canada (Aboriginal Law)
  • “Arend is excellent to work with. He is approachable, thorough and an excellent communicator who provides high-quality advice.” – Chambers Canada (Aboriginal)
  • J.D., University of British Columbia, 2015
  • CPA (CA), Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2009
  • B.B.A., University of British Columbia-Okanagan & Okanagan College, 2007
  • British Columbia, 2016
  • Northwest Territories, 2017
  • Ontario, 2019