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 is a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Real Estate Group, where he assist 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 Property Subsection.

   

Faculty

Aneez Devji, Partner, Richards Buell Sutton LLP, Vancouver, BC. Aneez is a real estate lawyer with experience in commercial leasing, commercial lending and real estate transactions. He is relied upon by his clients to provide practical solutions to their legal issues. Aneez acts as primary counsel for several landlords of large shopping centres, office towers and mixed-use buildings and centres and has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of complex commercial leases. Aneez regularly acts for lenders and borrowers in secured financing transactions and assists clients in the acquisition, development and sale of commercial and residential real estate.

   

Catherine Gibson, Managing Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver, BC. Catherine is the Managing Partner of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s Vancouver office, where she practises corporate/commercial law with a focus on commercial real estate. Catherine provides strategic advice to clients across Canada and the US on a broad range of real estate matters, including leasing, acquisitions and sales and real estate development.  Her commercial leasing practice involves office, retail, industrial and mixed use leasing projects. Catherine’s clients include both landlords and tenants from a broad variety of industries, including major retailers, municipalities, developers, natural resource companies, health providers and authorities, mall owners, asset managers and restaurants.

   

Allison Godey, Director, Terra Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC. Allison’s practice is focused on all aspects of commercial real estate, including the acquisition, financing, development, sale and leasing of development and investment properties. Allison regularly advises clients on Real Estate Development Marketing Act and Strata Property Act issues, as well as real estate financing and leasing matters. She also has extensive experience negotiating agreements relating to municipal land use matters with local governments. Allison acts for a wide range of clients, including private and public companies, societies, pension funds and REITs.

   

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.

   

Brigham Jagger, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Brigham is a partner in Dentons’ Real Estate group. Based in Vancouver, Brigham has extensive experience advising clients on all types of real estate transactions in British Columbia including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, subdivisions, strata marketing/development and leasing. Brigham regularly represents developers in a variety of residential, mixed use and comprehensive projects including complex land exchanges, rezonings and phased developments.

   

Steve Michoulas, Partner, McMillan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Steve is a partner in McMillan’s Commercial Real Estate and Transportation Industry groups. He has over 15 years experience in corporate/commercial law with an emphasis on real estate, infrastructure, and international business ventures. Prior to rejoining McMillan in 2018, Steve spent 8½ years at the Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) as Director, Legal Services. At YVR, Steve was entrusted with overseeing virtually all of the Airport Authority’s legal affairs, which included major real estate developments, construction projects, debenture financings, commercial transactions, innovation and the commercialization of such innovation both in domestic and foreign jurisdictions, the licensing of third party operators, and management of a major piece of Competition Act litigation. Steve’s broad skill set and his deep understanding of what clients want and need out of their legal counsel allows him to give practical, timely and strategic legal advice to his clients.

   

Andrew Mildenhall, Associate, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Andrew is an associate in Lawson Lundell’s Real Estate Group. His practice focuses primarily on commercial leasing transactions. Andrew works with landlords, tenants and developers to draft and negotiate commercial leases and all related documentation.

   

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.