Chair

Sarah Batut, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver, BC. Sarah has comprehensive experience in real estate transactions including acquisitions and sales, subdivisions (including airspace subdivisions), development of mixed-use, commercial and residential projects and commercial leasing. Sarah also has experience in various corporate and commercial practices. She is on the Executive Board of the Vancouver Bar Association, and is a member of the CBA’s Real Property Section, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network. Sarah is a regular presenter for PBLI.

   

Faculty

Allyson Baker, Partner, Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver, BC. Allyson’s practice focuses primarily on the areas of infrastructure and strata property. When working through these issues, Allyson tries to convert complex concepts into simplified terms, which allows her clients to make informed decisions that bring success. Her goal is to draft her clients’ documents in a way that minimizes potential problems during the implementation of her clients’ endeavours. Allyson also has over 15 years of experience as a litigator, and knows what is involved and what is at stake in going to trial. With the amendments to the Strata Property Act allowing for winding up with a reduced owner approval threshold, Allyson and Clark Wilson LLP have been working a number of strata corporations as they work their way through the winding up process. Allyson is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships, and a board member for the Condominium Homeowners Association and the Developmental Disabilities Association of Vancouver-Richmond. She is also a co-editor of the CLE Strata Property Act Practice Manual and author or co-author of the chapters regarding rentals, insurance, employment and duty to repair.

   

David Curtis, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver, BC. David practises in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, with a primary focus on the construction industry. Clients seek David’s counsel primarily on his construction litigation expertise, as well as with mediations and commercial arbitrations. He also has experience in commercial litigation cases in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. David also practises in the area of energy law, where he acts in applications to the British Columbia Utilities Commission and other tribunals involving the regulation of thermal energy systems, district energy systems, electricity transmission, compliance with mandatory reliability standards, and natural gas.

   

Alex Fane, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Alexander Fane works with clients on a variety of legal matters related to complex real estate development projects with specific experience in navigating the requirements of the Real Estate Development Marketing Act (British Columbia). He represents a broad range of clients from developers to governmental agencies and health authorities. Mr. Fane is the co-chair of the Canadian Bar Association Real Property Subsection and has written several articles on the evolution of the Real Estate Development Marketing Act (British Columbia). He has been recommended in the area of Property Development in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

   

Mark V. Lewis, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mark Lewis’ real estate practice focuses on transactions and development work but also includes leasing and construction financing matters. His experience includes work on complex residential, seniors housing, commercial, industrial and resort developments. He regularly advises developers on disclosure compliance issues for the sale and marketing of residential real estate. He is ranked in Chambers Canada for Real Estate in British Columbia and is consistently recommended for Property Development in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Since the introduction of the BC Real Estate Development Marketing Act in 2005, Mark has authored the Development Marketing chapter of CLE BC’s Real Estate Development Practice Manual, and joined the Manual’s editorial board in 2017. Mark has served on the board of the Urban Development Institute Pacific Region (UDI), and chaired UDI’s Legal Issues Committee, since 2012.

   

Sarah McCalla, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Sarah McCalla practises dispute resolution and litigation. She assists clients and senior lawyers on a variety of matters, including commercial litigation, forestry issues, and municipal planning. She has appeared before the Provincial Court of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and completed a clerkship with the Supreme Court of British Columbia after law school. During law school, Ms. McCalla volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and Pro Bono Students Canada. She is the recipient of scholarships and prizes in advocacy, environmental law, family law, fisheries law, and labour law.

   

Andrew Ramlo, Vice President Market Intelligence, Rennie Group, Vancouver, BC. Known as one of Canada’s most respected demographers and planning consultants, Andy Ramlo has over two decades of experience conducting evidence-based demographic, economic, and housing market research. As VP Market Intelligence for Rennie, Andy and his team provide data-based insight, analysis, and strategy to the team internally, and externally to a range of private and public sector clients as well as the broader real estate industry. Prior to his role at Rennie, Andy was Executive Director of Urban Futures, where he worked with many of the country’s leading investors, retailers, and developers. In 2010 Andy was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 for his vital contributions to the local business community, and he is currently the President of the Planning Institute of BC.

   

Vicki Tickle, Partner, McMillan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Vicki is a partner in McMillan’s Restructuring and Insolvency Group and has practised in the commercial insolvency field in Australia, England and Canada. Vicki works with a wide range of clients, including lenders, insolvency professionals, challenged companies, suppliers, directors and officers, and other stakeholders, both in Canada and internationally. Vicki works actively to promote and encourage women working in the insolvency and restructuring area and is the immediate Past Chair of the Western Canada Network of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). She is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2019) as a leading lawyer in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring Law.

   

Shauna Towriss, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Shauna Towriss is a partner in her firm’s Real Estate & Development Group. In her practice, Shauna helps clients grow and achieve their business goals by securing the space where they conduct business and doing the legal work related to obtaining the funding that allows them to do so. She offers extensive experience in assisting clients in nearly all facets of commercial real estate including acquisitions, dispositions and financing or re-financing of office, retail, apartment and hotel properties on behalf of a range of owners, from individuals and syndications to institutional investors.

   

Jean Yuen, Shareholder, Boughton Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC. Jean practises primarily in the area of Aboriginal Law, with a special emphasis on First Nations economic development. She has extensive experience in advising on land issues arising under the Indian Act, First Nations Land Management Act, the Sechelt Indian Band Self-Government Act and certain treaty First Nations legislation. As well as economic development matters, Jean routinely advises on First Nations governance and property taxation matters and assists First Nations in the drafting of laws, policies and codes and in negotiating road tenure, protocol, accommodation and impacts and benefits agreements. A substantial part of Jean’s practice involves commercial leasing, both in relations to First Nations lands and fee simple lands. Jean presents regularly on First Nations land issues and is the author of the chapter, “Development on First Nations Lands” in the British Columbia Real Estate Development Manual published by CLE.