Agenda - September 28th, 2021


Welcome and Introduction by PBLI


Chairs' Welcome and Introduction


Andrea East

Pushor Mitchell LLP


Michael Nienhuis

Kornfeld LLP



Land Regimes and Applications of Laws 


Michael Nienhuis

Kornfeld LLP


  • Land uses and types of projects
  • Free simple vs. First Nation land
  • Highlights of key aspects of different First Nations land regimes in British Columbia
  • Federal, provincial and municipal laws governing development
  • First nation laws and bylaws



Questions and Discussion


Morning Break


Commercial and Industrial Land Uses


Michael McDonald, Q.C.

Clark Wilson LLP


  • Commercial and industrial land uses
  • Mixed use projects



Questions and Discussion


Leasing Structure


Jean Yuen

Boughton Law Corporation


  • Direct leases v. head/sublease arrangement, why choose one over the other?
  • A financeable lease/sublease - how to make a leasehold interset attractive to lenders

    - Special considerations for lease or sublease for market housing purposes

  • Common Land Code provisions that impact on lenders' rights



Questions and Discussion


Lunch Break


Structing the Developer


Andrea East

Pushor Mithcell LLP


Mindy Wight



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



Questions and Discussion


Afternoon Break


Expropriation on Reserve Lands


Clifford Smirl



  • Challenges when developing on reserve lands without DCC law/bylaw or expropriation powers
  • Perspectives of First Nations governance, CP holders, developers, and existing leaseholders



Questions and Discussion


Servicing Your Project

Kirk McIntosh

Urban Systems Ltd.


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


   4:10 Questions and Discussion
   4:20 Chairs' Closing Remarks - Forum Concludes