Barry D. Chase  


Executive Summary

Barry Chase is counsel in our Vancouver Commercial Real Estate Group. Barry has a very diverse practice, with proven success on an extensive list of large, complex projects. His extensive experience as team leader in the areas of land development, infrastructure, rezoning, subdivision, construction, marketing and sales, as well as remediation of contaminated lands and consultation with First Nations includes industrial, commercial, resource, energy, resort and residential projects, both public and private. Projects have included unique public interest assets such as stadiums, convention centres, ports, farmlands and resorts. One example is Barry’s involvement in facilitating the development, over almost 30 years, of publicly owned raw land assets in Whistler into a world-class resort.

Barry also acts for numerous long-term clients with a broad variety of real estate-related interests, and for a number of large local and international clients in many other sectors.

In addition to maintaining his practice, Barry has been active in leadership roles in firm management and professional development, including serving as the Vancouver member of our National Professional Committee since the formation of BLG in 2000, chairing and developing our associate evaluation program for 15 years and serving as a member of the Vancouver Management Committee from 1998 to 2002.

Representative Work

  • Acted for Whistler during the early Whistler development, then as lead counsel for provincially owned WLC Developments Ltd. from its inception in 1983 to 1998. During this period, he was involved in numerous significant transactions and Whistler was transformed into a world-class, international, four-season recreational destination resort.
  • Acted for British Columbia Enterprise Corporation, a Provincially owned land development company starting with Expo 86-related projects, then expanding to a wider real estate mandate, including for a time, control of Whistler development matters.
  • Acted for Land & Water British Columbia and British Columbia Assets and Land Corporation and was integral to the Province’s restructuring of WLC Developments Ltd. from a Whistler-based company to a company responsible for province wide land development and marketing activity for the Province. 
  • Acted for the Province on a number of significant transactions, such as 2010 Winter Olympics projects (Whistler Sliding Centre (Luge track) and Whistler Affordable Housing), the marketing and sale of Burke mountain development sites in Coquitlam and the resolution of a long standing dispute concerning expropriated farmlands at Brunswick Point.
  • Acted for the BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) on several matters, including BC Place Stadium land-development matters, Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre in leasing matters and its new Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion and in the disposition of its Bridge Studios Film production facility.
  • Assisted the Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation in its acquisition of museum land assets and in other long-term planning matters including a comprehensive re-zoning that will see the Museum’s needs for the next 100 years.
  • Assisted BC Hydro and Power Authority in connection with numerous significant and complex land transaction including matters dealing with contaminated sites, subdivision matters, development matters and real estate matters in connection with the proposed Site C Dam.
  • Acted for Millennium Development Corporation and its various subsidiaries in connection with a number of land acquisitions and development, leasing and sales matters including all the assembly, rezoning, subdivision and development work associated with the Evelyn project in West Vancouver.
  • Assisted Maher Terminals from New Jersey in its agreements with the Prince Rupert Port Authority and Canadian National Railway for the establishment of an intermodel container terminal in Prince Rupert. The project is essential to the Provincial and Federal governments, Prince Rupert, northern development interests and CNR.
  • Acted for Ridley Terminals Inc., a federally owned company, over a 30-year period in the development and ongoing activity associated with its coal export terminal at Prince Rupert as well as expansion and diversification initiatives.
  • Acted for numerous high-wealth clients over a long term in their real estate needs as well as a wide variety of other interests.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Real Estate Law).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
  • Recognized in the 2017 and 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Real Estate Law).