Sharon Mason is Of Counsel to the firm.
Sharon was elected Chief of Wasagamack First Nation and served as Chief from 2015 to 2017 and now also works in governance and lands projects for First Nations in Manitoba.
After articling with Michael in 2003 to 2004, Sharon worked with the firm for several years prior to joining in 2011 as a full time associate. She has considerable experience as an associate lawyer with another Manitoba law firm and as an advisor to several Indigenous organizations. Sharon obtained her B.A. in native studies and criminology in 1999 from the University of Manitoba, and studied law at the University of Saskatchewan and obtained her law degree in 2003. Sharon articled for P. Michael Jerch while at the MKO Chiefs legal department in 2003 and 2004 and obtained her call to the bar in Manitoba in 2004.
Sharon’s area of experience and practice includes corporate and commercial transactions, land use planning and Indigenous land use, Aboriginal law litigation, and Indigenous governance. Over the years Sharon has had the opportunity to work with a number of lawyers and law firms in her capacity with several aboriginal organizations and on behalf of Wasagamack First Nation as pervious in house counsel. Sharon has had occasion to work for and with Grand Chiefs, Chiefs, advisors and First Nations academics including studying with Dr. Sharon Venne, and recently ran for the office of the Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
Sharon’s accomplishments include the following:
- Advising on multi-million dollar land sale and mortgage transactions and urban reserve land conversion;
- Advising on a Indigenous People hotel and casino expansion financing;
- Advising on the review and development of Indigenous People by-law consolidation and enforcement;
- Representing on commercial franchising and leasing on reserve;
- Negotiating impacts benefits agreements and joint venture and sub-contractor agreements in the East Side development;
- Preparing historical evidence and analysis in Aboriginal and Treaty rights litigation;
- Sharon brings to the firm analytical and strategic skills and an on the ground understanding of Indigenous People governance, business and operations.
Sharon is a member of Wasagamack First Nation and was raised on the Sandy Lake First Nation in Ontario. She has had the opportunity to maintain close ties with that community and Wasagamack First Nation, regularly spending time in the community. She is a dedicated mother of five and is now recently a very proud (and young) grandmother.