Agenda - December 3rd, 2019 (Day One)

   9:00

Welcome and Introduction by PBLI

   9:05

Chairs' Welcome and Introduction

 

Andrea East

Pushor Mitchell LLP

 

Michael Nienhuis

Kornfeld LLP

 

   9:15

Developing in Different Land Regimes

 

Bruce Davies

Waterstone Law Group LLP

 

  • Fee simple vs. First Nations land
  • Highlights of key aspects of different First Nations land regimes in British Columbia

        - Indian Act regime

        - First Nations Land Management Act

        - Self-governing legislation in British Columbia

        - Modern day treaties 

 

  10:05

Questions and Discussion

  10:15

Refreshment Adjournment

  10:30

Application and Non-Application of Federal and Provincial Laws Governing Development

 

Michael Nienhuis

Kornfeld LLP

 

  • Which federal, provincial and municipal laws normally applicable to off-reserve development (e.g., Local Government ActLand Title ActBuilders Lien ActReal Estate Development and Marketing ActStrata Property ActBC Building CodeAgricultural Land Commission ActWater Sustainability Act, etc.) apply on-reserve?
  • First Nation laws and bylaws governing development

 

  11:20

Questions and Discussion

  11:30

Due Diligence

 

Jada Tellier

Kornfeld LLP

 

  • Understanding the key risks for acquisitions (of head leases and subleases) and financing
  • Overview of key tools and resources (mapping, registries, First Nations Gazette, etc.)
  • Traditional holdings and buckshee leases
  • Sample due diligence checklists

 

  12:20

Questions and Discussion

  12:30

Networking Lunch

   1:30

Negotiation, Structuring & Drafting of Headleases

 

Andrea East

Pushor Mitchell LLP

 

  • Advantages and disadvantages of different lease structures
  • Negotiating and drafting the headlease
  • Using an Owner Association
  • Making the head lease attractive to lenders
  • CMHC requirements

 

   2:20

Questions and Discussion

   2:30

Refreshment Adjournment

   2:45

Subleases
 

Barry Porrelli

Porrelli Law

 

  • Key terms
  • Drafting: errors and best practices
  • Making subleases attractive to homeowners and lenders
  • Prepaid rent
  • Terms of sublease
  • Assignability
  • CMHC approval and ability to mortgage
  • Lender protections
  • Owner Associations

 

   3:35

Questions and Discussion

   3:45

Impact Assessment & Environmental Management

 

Selina Lee-Andersen

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

 

Rhonda Maskiewich

Urban Systems Ltd.

 

  • Key provisions of the new federal Impact Assessment Act and management of impact assessment issues on First Nation lands
  • Application of First Nation, federal and provincial environmental laws and bylaws
  • Environmental provisions in development on reserve land

 

   4:25 Questions and Discussion
   4:30 Chairs' Closing Remarks - Forum Concludes for Day One

Agenda - December 4th, 2019 (Day Two)

   9:00

Welcome & Reflections on Day One

 

Andrea East

Pushor Mitchell LLP

 

Michael Nienhuis

Kornfeld LLP

 

   9:05

Structuring the Developer

 

John Ferber

Miller Thomson LLP

 

  • Structuring options available including corporations, partnerships and LLPs
  • Taxation and governance considerations

 

   9:50

Questions and Discussion

  10:00

Financing On-Reserve Development

 

Brett Horton

Stewart Title

 

Rosemary John

Clark Wilson LLP

 

Michael McDonald, Q.C.

Clark Wilson LLP

 

  • Lender's requirements: What does lender's counsel look for?
  • Appraising First Nations land
  • Title issues and title insurance
  • Current issues

 

  10:50

Questions and Discussion

  11:00

Refreshment Adjournment

  11:15

Property Taxation

 

Marie L. Potvin

Barrister & Solicitor

 

  • Understanding the property taxation regime on First Nations lands
  • Developing a property taxation system under Federal frameworks
  • Required laws and administration
  • Tax exemption issues
  • Securitizing tax revenues to build infrastructure
  • Expanded First Nation local revenue powers

 

  12:05

Questions and Discussion

  12:15

Networking Lunch

   1:15

Servicing Your Project

 

Kirk McIntosh

Urban Systems Ltd.

 

  • Infrastructure capacity
  • Staged developmet and cost apportionment
  • Planning for continued growth
  • Agreements with developers
  • Servicing agreements with neighbouring municipalities

 

   2:05 Questions and Discussion
   2:15 Refreshment Adjournment
   2:30 Case Study: Westbank First Nation
 

Kevin Kingston

Westbank First Nation

 

  • Westbank's experience
  • Law development and law enforcement on reserve

 

   3:20

Questions and Discussion

   3:30

Aging Leases

 

Clifford Smirl

Kent Macpherson

 

  • What happens to leases in their golden years?
  • Lease extensions and financing

 

   4:20

Questions and Discussion

   4:30

Chairs' Closing Remarks for Day Two - Forum Concludes