J. Robert Black
Bob Black is a lawyer and King’s Council. Bob has a diverse background in law including a distinguished career as a litigator where he litigated in all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Bob spent 10 years as a senior executive for the Katz Group and Oilers Entertainment Group during which he was a member of the Negotiating Committee for the public / private partnership with the City of Edmonton for the Construction of Rogers Place Arena. Bob oversaw all aspects of the design and construction of the $613 million arena and played a leadership role in the development of the $2.1 billion ICE District. During his time with the Katz Group and Oilers Entertainment Group, Bob became inspired by the recognition that we are at an inflection point in Canadian history where there is, for the first time, a broad based consensus forming that Canada simply must achieve a more just and equitable relationship with its Indigenous peoples. Bob returned to private practice with the intent of dedicating the last chapter of his career bringing his skillset and experience in complex negotiations and execution on major projects to the cause of Indigenous nation building. Recognizing that true self-governance cannot be achieved in the absence of economic independence Bob has focused on supporting economic development initiatives that hold the promise of providing inter-generational revenues. In addition to serving a variety of other Nations across Western Canada, Bob was honoured to be asked to serve as Acting CEO of Treaty 8 Economic Development on behalf of the Sovereign Nations of Treaty 8 Alberta. He is involved a wide variety of economic development initiatives, including negotiations for equity in major linear infrastructure projects. Bob has experience in pipeline, rail and hydro projects.