When Wayne Garnons-Williams of the Moosomin First Nation set up his own boutique law firm in 2012, he envisioned his company with a fully cloud-based, digital office platform, able to provide timely, seamless service for his clients.
Thanks to a start-up loan from BDC’s Growth Capital for Aboriginal Business program, the founder of Garwill Law Professional Corporation was able to make his dream a reality.
“I wanted to be able to run my office with a strong Internet presence, as well as minimize initial start-up costs, lower my overhead and increase efficiency,” says Garnons-Williams, principal director and senior lawyer of the Ottawa-based firm.
“The loan enabled me to buy the hardware and software to make it happen. I can actually run my law office remotely using secure cloud-based apps from my iPhone, notebook or laptop,” he says.
His firm specializes in civil litigation and corporate commercial law with a focus on Aboriginal law, corporate law and trade law.
“Providing corporate law services to start-up companies and First Nation business ventures is my passion,” he says.
Garnons-Williams has an impressive career, having served in various legal executive positions, including Chair of Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Appeals Tribunal and Deputy Head and Registrar of the Specific Claims Tribunal Canada and the Federal Court of Canada.
“Entrepreneurship is really in my blood. This is an exciting time to be in business and I want Garwill Law to be able to help First Nations people create their own economic prosperity and generate their own wealth,” he says.
In the Aboriginal community, support and patronage for a business is most favourable when the entrepreneur gives back to the community. To recognize this, BDC refunds a portion of the interest paid on the Growth Capital for Aboriginal Business (GCAB) loan to a community organization or charity chosen by the borrower.