Michael J. Velletta
Mr. Velletta took his undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary in Business Administration and at the University of Victoria in Literature and Philosophy. Subsequently he went on to complete his Law Degree at the University of Victoria.
Michael Velletta began practicing law with a global, commercial law firm in Vancouver, British Columbia. Velletta & Company evolved from this experience, and today Mr. Velletta utilizes his diverse background, experience and interests to deliver legal services to public companies, private corporations, small business and individuals.
Finding practical and economic solutions that propel businesses forward is a challenge that Mr. Velletta welcomes. While most of his clients are in British Columbia, growing international trade and the global nature of natural resource exploration and development result in transactions around tha world; assisting foreign corporations with business in Canada, and guiding Canadian corporations with international business development. Many new clients are from Europe, Central Asia, the Pacific Rim and Australia.
Mr. Velletta has effectively drawn upon his many interests and a diverse legal practice to have successfully tried a wide range of challenging cases at all levels of Canadian trial and appeals courts, before juries and in international tribunals. These include commerical disputes, malpractice, aviation claims and serious personal injury cases.
Membership and Board Participation:
Michael Velletta has sat on the board of governors of the TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA and the LINC UNIVERSITIES FOUNDATION, and was a founding director of PETROMANAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION (TSX-V:PMI), a publicly listed corporation with resources in Albania. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Australian owned petroleum company TEXTONIC CONSULTING LTD; Canadian and US subsidiaries of Australian Stock Exchange listed ATRUM COAL NA; Zurich Switzerland based MNP PETROLEUM CORPORATION (TSX-V: MNP), co-listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Venture and Nasdaq OTCBB, with projects in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan; and, AFRICAN METALS CORPORATION (TSX-V:AFR) with producing copper mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for EIGHT POINTS PHOSPHORITES, developing huge natural resource projects in Central Asia. He is a member of the LAW SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, the CANADIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, and VICTORIA BAR ASSOCIATION, the TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, the ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM NEGOTIATORS, and the INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ANALYSTS.
In his spare time Michael Velletta enjoys international travel with his wife and children, coaching his son's soccer team, photography and adventures in the great outdoors.