Eric Hovius, J.D
 Director of Strategic Policy

Eric Hovius is a practicing lawyer and a member of the Law Societies of Saskatchewan and Ontario, with extensive work experience in Aboriginal law and Indigenous Issues.

Called to the bar in Saskatchewan and Ontario in 2008.  He has also served as a land claim negotiator, a policy adviser, and continues to act as a negotiator and facilitator.

Eric began his career as a federal Crown and a provincial Crown.  Beginning in 2010, he set out on his own, advocating on behalf of First Nations as a sole practitioner. He is one of very few lawyers in Canada to have worked for the federal and provincial Crown as well as First Nations.  This has provided him with an invaluable perspective on Crown-First Nation relations.

Eric has appeared before the Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Federal Court, and Superior Court, to name a few, advocating on behalf of First Nations and Indigenous rights.  Although the Courts have a role in the process, this adversarial system is not necessarily conducive to Advancing Our Nations.  By joining Bimaadzwin, Eric is excited to work with a solid team of likeminded people who are focused on making meaningful and positive contributions.

Eric lives and works in Cambridge Ontario with his wife and two young sons.  He is a member of the Shades Mills Lawyers’ Association and the Waterloo Region Law Association, where he proudly serves as an elected Trustee.