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Kelly Cairns has more than 20 years’ experience in law and international business including roles as legal counsel and business manager with large, international companies. He has guided the legal and business affairs of organizations or business units that range in size from start-ups to large, publicly-traded, multi-national corporations.

His legal advice, seasoned by more than 15 years as in-house counsel and by being a member of the senior management teams of two major companies, is business-oriented and practical.  He excels at listening to his clients, clarifying complex issues, negotiating exceptional outcomes and solving intractable problems.

Mr. Cairns has worked and lived in Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia.  His legal and management assignments have taken him from the interior of B.C. to Vancouver to Toronto and back to Western Canada.

He has guided clients doing business in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, and the Philippines. 


  B.A. (Economics) University of British Columbia 1978
  LL.B University of British Columbia 1982
  MBA University of Calgary 2002
  Called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1984

Memberships and Board Appointments

Director – B.C. Transit (a Crown Corporation) 
Member of the Law Society of British Columbia,
Member Canadian Bar Association,
Member Independent Power Producers Association of B.C.


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