Don Avison

Counsel, Avison and Associates


Don Avison is a Victoria based lawyer with considerable public policy experience. He has served as Deputy Minister of Justice for the Northwest Territories and was the Deputy Minister in BC for Education, Advanced Education, Crown Corporations and Health. Don was appointed President of The University Presidents’ Council of British Columbia in 1999 and he served in that role for ten years before returning to private practice in 2009.

Don was the Chief Negotiator for BC in the 2005 Canada, First Nations, British Columbia K-12 Education Jurisdiction Agreements, and negotiated the 2012 Tripartite Education Framework Agreement. He is once again the lead negotiator for BC in the renewal of the TEFA Agreement and was also retained in 2016 to draft the Ministry of Education’s Aboriginal Education Strategic Plan.

Don has extensive board experience and he currently chairs the boards of the Centre for Drug Research and Development, the Foundation for the Centre for Disease Control, and the Regulatory Committee of the Oil and Gas Commission of British Columbia.

He attended Thompson Rivers University where he has been recognized as a distinguished alumni. Don received his undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University and graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. Don is also a graduate of Chartered Directors program of McMaster University.

My session

NTGAE: Closing Plenary: Aboriginal Education: Does the Federal Government Have a Better Chance of Getting It Right This Time?

Macdonald A/B/C

Don Avison will examine the history of federal Aboriginal education policy, federal responses to calls to action from the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and from the Auditor General of Canada the challenges of legislative reform and whether, given recent investments and initiatives in both K-12 and post-secondary education, the […]