Our Lawyers

500 - 221 West Esplanade
North Vancouver BC V7M 3J3
Tel: (604) 988-5201
Fax: (604) 988-1452

Direct Phone: 
604-998-1139
Email: 
hmcdonald [at] ratcliff.com
Assistant: 
Linda Williams
lwilliams [at] ratcliff.com

Hannah McDonald

Associate

Hannah's practice focuses on the economic development of First Nations across Canada, with the protection of Aboriginal rights and title interests, environmental conservation, and culture and tradition. She advises on land and resource issues including land claims, the negotiation and implementation of resource sharing agreements, Aboriginal rights and title, matters under the Indian Act, First Nation governance issues and various corporate matters. Hannah is a member of the Metis Nation of B.C., with her family originating from the Esketemc First Nation.  

Hannah also practices in all aspects of general commercial real estate and corporate/commercial transactions, including commercial acquisitions, development and construction, sales and leasing, asset and share sales, and all other corporate matters.
 
Hannah graduated from the University of British Columbia Law School in May, 2010 and holds an undergraduate degree in Communications and a Certificate in Copywriting, both from Simon Fraser University. Prior to enrolling in law school, Hannah interned with an advertising agency in the copywriting department and co-founded and operated a company located in Yaletown importing and retailing women's fashion.
 
Education: 
J.D. - University of British Columbia, 2010
B.A.  - Simon Fraser University, 2004
Professional and Other Memberships: 
Law Society of BC, 2011
Law Society of the Yukon, 2012
Notable Cases: 

Succeeded in arguing a breach of fiduciary duty by Canada against the Osoyoos Indian Band as the first claimant to be heard in by the Specific Claims Tribunal (Osoyoos Indian Band v. HMTQ, 2012 SCTC 3)

Community Involvement: 
- BC Cancer Foundation Inspiration Gala Committee 
- Atira Women's Resource Society, Director
- Compass Community School, Director
- Volunteer for federal Liberal campaign, Jody Wilson-Raybould
- Served for three years as executive on the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum
- Served for three years on the NAIOP Developing Leaders Committee
- Served for one year on the ICSC Next Generation Committee