Robert Metcs has been involved in issues that concern the relationship between First Nations, industry and governments for over 25 years. He is widely recognized for having negotiated precedent-setting agreements that have changed the way industry and governments engage First Nations with respect to major project developments in Canada. He has also promoted and structured innovative commercial partnerships between industry and First Nations that identify and allocate the financial and economic value that First Nations can bring to the table.
Robert has extensive experience with the Specific Claims process in Canada, having been involved in the preparation and resolution of over 70 First Nations claims, covering a broad range of issues, with a negotiated or expected settlement value in excess of $1 billion. His work in this area has been recognized as standard setting, particularly with respect to matters concerning the economic benefits and land entitlement provisions of the Numbered Treaties of Western Canada.
Robert has published on the topic of treaty land entitlement and the effects of inflation on the annuity provisions of treaties and has been an expert witness with regard to the history and treaty rights of First Nations in Canada.
Prior to forming Havlik Metcs, Robert worked for the Canadian Foreign Service on matters related to export finance and capital projects, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and management of issues related to indigenous peoples within the United Nations and other international agencies.
Robert has a B.A. from the University of Toronto (International Relations, Economics and Finance) and holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada.