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Tammy Shoranick

Counsel
604-988-5201

Legal Assistant:
Alexandra Harriman

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2008
  • Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management, Carleton University, 2005

Year of Call

  • British Columbia, 2013
  • New York, USA 2009 (non-practicing)

Interview on CBC As It Happens about BC Court of Appeal decision on private medical records, April 2023 (at 47:30)

Tammy is a highly skilled legal practitioner with a background in Canadian and American law and a wealth of experience across diverse legal landscapes, including:

  • Aboriginal Law and Human Rights
  • Indigenous Governance
  • Constitutional Law
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Energy Law & Utilities Regulation
  • Administrative Law
  • Corporate Commercial Law

With a deep commitment to Indigenous representation, Tammy advocates for and advises Indigenous communities on matters of governance, Aboriginal rights, and constitutional law, with an aim to facilitate reconciliation and assist clients in reaching their self-determination goals. She has a proven track record of representing Indigenous interests in significant cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, ensuring the protection and advancement of Indigenous rights in Canadian law.

Before joining Ratcliff, Tammy held various roles at prominent international, national, and regional law firms. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family on the Sunshine Coast.

  • Represented the Council of Yukon First Nations in seminal aboriginal law cases before the Supreme Court of Canada:
    • Reference re An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, 2024 SCC 5, addressing the constitutionality of the Act and paramountcy of Indigenous laws over provincial laws.
    • Dickson v Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, 2024 SCC 10, involving the application of the Charter to First Nations’ government, constitution, and laws, and the interpretation of s. 25 of the Charter.
    • First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun v Yukon, 2017 SCC 58, regarding the interpretation of Yukon self-government agreements.
  • Successfully represented the appellant at the Supreme Court of Canada in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., 2014 SCC 53, a leading case on the appeal of arbitral awards and the interpretation of contracts.
  • Represented UNAIDS as intervener at the Supreme Court of Canada in Canada (Attorney General) v Bedford, 2013 SCC 72, applying international law principles to support the decriminalization of prostitution.
  • Successfully represented the respondent at the British Columbia Court of Appeal in, Crown Fortune International Investment Group Inc. v. Bonnefield Canada Farmland LP III, 2023 BCCA 441 regarding whether Crown grants were permitted encumbrances in a failed real estate transaction.
  • Successfully represented the respondent at the British Columbia Court of Appeal in lululemon athletica canada inc. v. Industrial Color Productions Inc., 2021 BCCA 428, regarding the standard of review of an international commercial arbitral award.
  • Successfully represented the British Columbia Utilities Commission in multiple matters before the British Columbia Court of Appeal, including:
  • Provided legal support and policy advice to the British Columbia Utilities Commission and the BC Ferries Commissioner.

Served as lead counsel for pro bono work at an international law firm, focusing on reproductive rights advocacy and advancing the rights of marginalized communities.

  • Co-Author, The Right to Contraceptive Information and Services for Women and Adolescents, Center for Reproductive Rights and United Nations Population Fund (Dec 1, 2010)
  • Co-Author, Woch Nan Soley: The Denial of the Right to Water in Haiti, Health and Human Rights Journal (Dec 1, 2008)
  • Chair, Boat Daycare Society Board of Directors

Tammy is a highly skilled legal practitioner with a background in Canadian and American law and a wealth of experience across diverse legal landscapes, including:

  • Aboriginal Law and Human Rights
  • Indigenous Governance
  • Constitutional Law
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Energy Law & Utilities Regulation
  • Administrative Law
  • Corporate Commercial Law

With a deep commitment to Indigenous representation, Tammy advocates for and advises Indigenous communities on matters of governance, Aboriginal rights, and constitutional law, with an aim to facilitate reconciliation and assist clients in reaching their self-determination goals. She has a proven track record of representing Indigenous interests in significant cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, ensuring the protection and advancement of Indigenous rights in Canadian law.

Before joining Ratcliff, Tammy held various roles at prominent international, national, and regional law firms. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family on the Sunshine Coast.

  • Represented the Council of Yukon First Nations in seminal aboriginal law cases before the Supreme Court of Canada:
    • Reference re An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, 2024 SCC 5, addressing the constitutionality of the Act and paramountcy of Indigenous laws over provincial laws.
    • Dickson v Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, 2024 SCC 10, involving the application of the Charter to First Nations’ government, constitution, and laws, and the interpretation of s. 25 of the Charter.
    • First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun v Yukon, 2017 SCC 58, regarding the interpretation of Yukon self-government agreements.
  • Successfully represented the appellant at the Supreme Court of Canada in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., 2014 SCC 53, a leading case on the appeal of arbitral awards and the interpretation of contracts.
  • Represented UNAIDS as intervener at the Supreme Court of Canada in Canada (Attorney General) v Bedford, 2013 SCC 72, applying international law principles to support the decriminalization of prostitution.
  • Successfully represented the respondent at the British Columbia Court of Appeal in, Crown Fortune International Investment Group Inc. v. Bonnefield Canada Farmland LP III, 2023 BCCA 441 regarding whether Crown grants were permitted encumbrances in a failed real estate transaction.
  • Successfully represented the respondent at the British Columbia Court of Appeal in lululemon athletica canada inc. v. Industrial Color Productions Inc., 2021 BCCA 428, regarding the standard of review of an international commercial arbitral award.
  • Successfully represented the British Columbia Utilities Commission in multiple matters before the British Columbia Court of Appeal, including:
  • Provided legal support and policy advice to the British Columbia Utilities Commission and the BC Ferries Commissioner.

Served as lead counsel for pro bono work at an international law firm, focusing on reproductive rights advocacy and advancing the rights of marginalized communities.

  • Co-Author, The Right to Contraceptive Information and Services for Women and Adolescents, Center for Reproductive Rights and United Nations Population Fund (Dec 1, 2010)
  • Co-Author, Woch Nan Soley: The Denial of the Right to Water in Haiti, Health and Human Rights Journal (Dec 1, 2008)
  • Chair, Boat Daycare Society Board of Directors

Year of Call

  • British Columbia, 2013
  • New York, USA 2009 (non-practicing)

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2008
  • Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management, Carleton University, 2005