Co-Chairs

Neil Davie, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Neil’s practice in the Real Estate Group 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 advises clients at all stages of the development process and has worked on complex phased and mixed-use developments for leading residential and commercial real estate developers. Neil has been recognized as a leading Real Estate lawyer by Lexpert, Chambers Canada, Chambers Global, and Best Lawyers in Canada. Neil was named Vancouver’s Commercial Leasing Law “2016 Lawyer of the Year” and “2018 Lawyer of the Year”.

   

Mario Rubio, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mario practices in the Real Estate Group at Norton Rose Fulbright. His practice involves all aspects of commercial real estate, including the acquisition, financing, development, leasing and sale of residential, industrial, office, retail and mixed-use properties. Mario represents a broad range of local, national and offshore clients, including developers of mixed-use and multi-family properties, shopping centre owners, retail chains, natural resource companies, housing societies and non-profit entities, health authorities and port authorities. He regularly advises clients at all stages of the property acquisition and development process and has extensive experience in acting for both landlords and tenants in negotiating commercial leases.

   

Faculty

Tara Brockelmann, Vice President, Leasing, QuadReal Property Group LP, Vancouver, BC. Tara Brockelmann (Rissanen) is a senior real estate professional with over 20 years of commercial development and leasing experience in the Western Canadian marketplace. She has been directly involved in redeveloping and leasing some of the most monumental mixed use and retail projects ever constructed in Western Canada and has a proven track record of achieving exceptional results for a wide range of large pension funds, third party managers, owners, and developers. Tara provides mentorship to QuadReal’s western retail team and is the leasing lead for Oakridge, Canada’s second highest performing shopping centre on sales per square foot, QuadReal’s highest value retail asset and the subject of a very large and exciting redevelopment.

   

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. She regularly advises clients on Real Estate Development Marketing Act and Strata Property Act issues, as well as real estate financing matters. Allison has extensive experience negotiating commercial leases and advising clients on other leasing matters, and is recognized by Best Lawyers as a leading lawyer in the practice area of Commercial Leasing Law. She also has 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.

   

Dan Jordan, Senior Vice President, Personal Real Estate Corporation, Colliers International, Vancouver, BC. Dan is a Senior Vice President with Colliers International in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since joining the firm in 2005, Dan has completed lease transactions totalling over 1 million square feet. He has been nominated for multiple awards and won the coveted 2014 NAIOP/BIV Office Lease of the Year. Dan has built a strong reputation for providing his clients with the highest level of service. Using his unparalleled knowledge of the Vancouver office market and creative, business-driven real estate strategies, Dan has been able to successfully complete a variety of transactions on behalf of his clients both locally and nationally.

   

Christina Kobi, Partner, Minden Gross LLP, Toronto, ON. Christina specializes in all aspects of commercial leasing and tenancy dispute matters, including retail, office, industrial, telecommunications, and solar panel leasing. She has expertise in sophisticated and volume leasing for major developers, international retail clients, and national property managers. Christina is recognized in Best Lawyers® in Canada, The Canadian Lexpert® Directory, and The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as a leading Property Leasing lawyer in Canada and is also a Lexpert Zenith Award winner. She is a member of a number of prominent boards and committees, is a regular lecturer and moderator at legal and industry conferences, and is a frequent contributor to leasing publications and Minden Gross LLP bulletins and newsletters.

   

Rhiannon Mabberley, Westbank Projects, Vancouver, BC. Rhiannon is a senior executive with Westbank Projects where she has been involved in some of the company’s most notable developments, including Woodward’s, TELUS garden and Oakridge. From sustainability initiatives to district energy systems to complex permitting and everything in between, Rhiannon’s experience speaks to the finer details of real estate development. Westbank Projects is one of Vancouver’s busiest development firms. Established in 1992 Westbank is active across Canada in a diversity of product types from luxury condominiums, purpose built rental, office, retail, hotel and non-market housing and industrial, with a focus on large mixed use projects involving highly complex entitlement processes.

   

Anousheh Torabi, Associate, Osler, Hoskin & Harcort LLP, Vancouver, BC. Anousheh is an associate in the Commercial Real Estate Group at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP. She is a member of both the Law Society of Alberta and the Law Society of British Columbia, practicing primarily in the firm’s Vancouver office. Anousheh has a range of experience in real property matters, including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, real estate development and lending for industrial, office, retail and residential portfolios. Prior to joining Osler, Anousheh practiced Commercial Real Estate law at national firms in Calgary and Vancouver.

   

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.

   

Lance Williams, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Lance is a partner in the Banking & Specialty Finance Group, where he specializes in restructuring & insolvency and commercial finance. Lance advises and represents trustees, debtors, directors and creditors on insolvency and restructuring issues including debt restructuring, corporate reorganizations, plans of arrangement, loan workouts, fraudulent preference actions, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and receiverships. Lance is frequently involved in proceedings pursuant to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and has significant restructuring experience across multiple industries. In commercial finance, Lance advises borrowers and lenders on domestic and multi-jurisdictional loans and acts for major financial institutions, mezzanine lenders and distressed lenders.