Co-Chairs

Neil Davie, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Neil practises in the Real Estate Group at Norton Rose Fulbright. Neil’s practice involves all aspects of commercial real estate including the acquisition, financing, leasing, development and sale of residential, industrial, office, and retail properties for local, national, and offshore clients. Neil has extensive experience advising clients at all stages of the development process – from rezoning through to building occupancy. He has worked on a number of complex phased and mixed-use developments for some of the Lower Mainland’s leading residential and commercial real estate developers. Neil has also been recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Real Estate by Lexpert, Chambers Canada, and Chambers Global. Neil has been listed in Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Commercial Leasing Law and Real Estate Law and was named the “2016 Lawyer of the Year” and the “2018 Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Commercial Leasing Law for Vancouver.

   

Mario Rubio, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mario assists clients with real estate transactions involving the acquisition, financing, leasing, development, subdivision, and sale of commercial, industrial, office, retail, and residential properties. Mario represents a broad range of clients, including developers, retail companies, forestry companies, societies, port authorities, and other commercial, industrial, and residential landowners. Mario is a past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association – Vancouver Real Estate Property Section.

   

Faculty

Damon Chisholm, Partner, McMillan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Damon is Co-Chair of his firm’s Commercial Real Estate Group and is a member of the Financial Services Group. His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate including development, subdivisions, stratifications, acquisitions, dispositions, financing, and leasing of commercial properties. Damon’s experience includes acting for natural resource companies in complex project financing and acquisitions, purchasers and vendors of large commercial developments, including land acquisitions, hotels, apartment buildings and industrial and office complexes as well as successfully negotiating complex commercial and railway land leases for major landlords and for a variety of industrial tenants. Damon’s practice also includes commercial lending matters including secured, unsecured and project financing and he has acted for institutional and private lenders and borrowers.

   

Erin J. Easingwood, Partner, Lindsay Kenney LLP, Vancouver and Langley, BC. Erin has a comprehensive solicitor’s practice that includes Corporate and Commercial Law, Real Estate Law, Commercial Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Estate and Incapacity Planning and Administration. She divides her time between LK Law’s Langley and Vancouver offices and can often be found working with her clients in their own location.

   

Stacey J. Handley, Partner, Gowling WLG, Vancouver, BC. A highly regarded lawyer in Vancouver’s real estate industry, Stacey J. Handley has extensive expertise in commercial real estate transactions. She advises clients on a range of matters, including major sales and acquisitions, and the leasing, development, subdivision, and financing of commercial properties. A significant part of her practice involves leasing commercial retail and office properties on behalf of both Landlords and major Tenants. Stacey is repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of Real Estate and Property Leasing by Best Lawyers in Canada and by Lexpert. In 2017 Stacey was named by Best Lawyers in Canada as “Lawyer of the Year” in Commercial Leasing Law for Vancouver.

   

Jana McLean, Associate Counsel, BR Law, Vancouver, BC. Jana practises in the areas of environmental, natural resources and Indigenous law. Jana has advised on all areas of environmental law, with extensive experience in the areas of contaminated sites, water and fisheries law, environmental assessments, environmental compliance, and environmental prosecutions. She is also experienced in advising on all stages of resource development, including legal challenges to resource development decisions and project compliance. Jana is on the executive of the Environmental Law Sub-section of the CBA(BC). She was described as a “rising star” in environmental law in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 Canada, and recognized in the 2016-2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of environmental law.

   

Christian Petersen, Partner, McMillan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Christian is a partner in the Advocacy and Litigation Group at McMillan LLP. Christian has particular experience in real estate matters, including issues involving interests in land, property development and commercial leases. He also acts for clients in matters involving shareholder, partnership and joint venture disputes, and has experience in employment, entertainment and insurance law. In addition to trial and appellate experience, Christian has experience in mediations, commercial arbitrations and matters adjudicated by administrative tribunals. Christian regularly contributes to the professional development of lawyers and other professional groups.

   

Laura Smith, Associate, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver, BC. Laura is an associate in the Real Estate Group and Banking & Finance Group at Fasken. Her practice involves real estate development, commercial property acquisitions, and commercial leasing. She has represented both landlords and tenants in a variety of commercial leasing transactions.

   

Chad Travis, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Chad works in the Real Estate Group at Lawson Lundell and assists clients with all aspects of real estate development, commercial leasing and municipal planning. He has experience acting for developers in the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, and the rezoning and subdivision of development properties. Chad also advises landlords and tenants in the preparation of leases for industrial, retail and office leasing transactions. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall and the University of Western Ontario.

   

Christie Wilson, Associate, Bennett Jones LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Wilson has a commercial real estate practice representing clients in the purchase and sale, financing, leasing and development of office, retail and industrial property. Christie assists a wide range of clients including entrepreneurs, developers, corporations and financial institutions. She regularly advises vendors and purchasers in connection with the acquisition and disposition of commercial property across Alberta and British Columbia. Christie also acts on an ongoing basis for both landlords and tenants in the drafting and negotiation of leases and subleases, from short-term office and industrial tenancies with local small businesses to significant occupancy, long-term tenancies involving national retailers. In addition to her practice, Christie participates in real estate and leasing transaction seminars and blogs on a variety of topics related to commercial real estate in Alberta and British Columbia. Christie is a member of the American Bar Association, NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is the Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee for the Vancouver Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).