Tauna Staniland


Suite 1100, Cabot Place
100 New Gower St.
St. John’s, N.L.
A1C 6K3




Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Newfoundland and Labrador, 2010; Ontario, 2004

Legal Assistant(s): Susan Greening

Providing legal services through a professional corporation.

Tauna works with her clients on a wide range of transactional and day-to-day business matters, including preparing agreements for various business transactions; acting for corporations in reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions; advising corporations on corporate governance and compliance work; acting for clients who are going public (including traditional IPOs, CPC qualifying transactions and RTOs of listed entities); and acting for issuers in brokered and non-brokered private placements and public offering of securities. Her clients include:

  • Mining companies
  • Oil & gas companies
  • Municipalities
  • Engineering and other professional service firms
  • Owner-managed businesses
  • Public companies
  • Other law firms on local jurisdictional work

Education & Career


Osgoode Hall Law School, Certificate in Mining Law, 2012
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, LLB 2003
University of Lethbridge, BMgt (gold medalist), 2000


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Chair, Stewart McKelvey Newfoundland and Labrador, Corporate Practice Group, 2015 – present
Director, The Tuckamore Festival, Inc., 2013 – present
Resource member/director, Community Centre Alliance, 2010 – 2018


Lexpert rating: Corporate Finance



“Boilerplate in Commercial Agreements” presented to Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, St. John’s NL (webinar in Atlantic Canada)

March 04, 2016

“Risk Management” and “Joint Venture Agreements” sessions presented to Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association

October 23, 2015

Presented on Panel regarding Joint Ventures and Partnerships for a Meet.Connect.Explore event sponsored by the St. John’s Board of Trade, the Department of Innovation Business and Rural Development, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs. St. John’s, NL

November 25, 2013

“Till death (or shotguns) do us part: Ins and Outs of shareholders’ agreements” presented at Stewart McKelvey’s “Let’s Do Business: Open Seminar Series in conjunction with the BDC”. St. John’s NL

October 24, 2013

“Managing Risk in Contracts” presented by Maureen E. Ryan and Tauna M. Staniland for the corporate counsel section of the Newfoundland and Labrador Canadian Bar Association, St. John’s, NL

May 28, 2012

“Rocks and Stocks – Securities and Mining Law Nuggets” by Stewart McKelvey with presentation on Going Public, National Instrument 43-101 and Joint Venture Agreements by Tauna Staniland at the Mineral Resources Review 2011, St. John’s, NL

November 02, 2011

“Top Ten Things to Consider if you are Thinking about Taking your Business Public” presented by Tauna Staniland at Stewart McKelvey’s Business Boot Camp, St. John’s, NL

October 19, 2011

“Share Capital: Rights, Privileges and Restrictions”, presented by Tauna M. Staniland, Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario Conference, Ottawa, ON

May 12, 2011

“Legal Matters Affecting You and Your Municipality” presented by Tauna Staniland (on bidding/tendering, contract drafting and contract management) and Jonathan D. Dale (on municipal taxation) at the 39th Annual Convention of the Professional Municipal Administrators, Gander, NL

November 26, 2010

“Prospectors Short Course on Preparing Option Agreements” presented by Colm St. R. Seviour, Tauna M. Staniland and Steven A. Scruton at the Mineral Resources Review 2010, St. John’s, NL

November 03, 2010