Zach is an Articling Student at OKT. He is Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree), from Alberta. He grew up just west of Calgary in the Town of Cochrane.
Zach completed his undergraduate degree with High Honours at the University of Toronto 2012-2016 with a major in Public Policy and Governance and minors in Aboriginal Studies and the Russian Language. During these years, Zach began to connect with Toronto’s diverse Indigenous community, and he learned much about his own heritage and culture as well. As a result, he started learning how to channel his passion for supporting Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages, and lifeways. He came to see law as a source of great influence in Indigenous issues, and so he entered the Juris Doctor program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2016. He completed his Juris Doctor in April 2019.
After working as a research assistant for a pre-eminent lawyer in the field of Indigenous issues in criminal law in the summer of 2017, Zach then started working as a summer student with OKT in the summer of 2018. During this time he worked on a wide range of different issues facing Indigenous communities, from the most mechanical of Canadian legal issues to the intricacies of resurging Indigenous laws and languages. His current practice as Articling Student is similar, and he is proud to be able to work in such a diverse range of legal areas, and especially with Indigenous law.
Zach is the co-founder of the Indigenous Studies Students’ Union at the University of Toronto, and also co-founded the Indigenous Rights Working Group of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights during his time in law school.
In his spare time, Zach enjoys playing electric guitar, building electric guitars, amplifiers, and hot-rod automotive projects with his father in Alberta, and socializing with dogs of all sizes shapes and descriptions.
Publications and Media
(Research Assistant for Mr. Rudin) – Jonathan Rudin, Indigenous Peoples and the Criminal Justice System: A Practitioner’s Handbook, Brian Greenspan & Vincenzo Rondinelli eds (Toronto: Emond Mongomery Publications, 2019).