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This blog provides the latest information and insights into Canada’s real estate sector. We look at all types of real property – from private office, retail, industrial, hotel, residential and mixed-use properties to large, complex public/private projects, including commercial, hotel and mixed-use developments, resorts, planned communities, sports stadiums and arenas, academic institutions, hospitals, care facilities, power generation facilities and infrastructure projects. Our topics cover acquisitions and dispositions, municipal matters, real property assessment, taxation, infrastructure, leasing, financing and development.

Our contributing bloggers include the following:

John Currie is the Real Property & Planning Group’s practice group leader. John maintains a commercial real estate practice covering all aspects of real estate transactions, including large- and mid-scale secured financing, securitizations, construction contracts, asset management and development agreements, joint ventures, operating contracts, leasing and licensing.View This guys profile on LinkedIn

John Doolan has a range of experience in business, real estate and aboriginal law. His experience includes advising on major projects and infrastructure development, structuring transactions, acquisitions and dispositions, partnerships and joint ventures, financing, subdivision, real estate development and leasing. John has considerable knowledge and experience in the areas of developments on First Nations’ lands and transactions and commercial agreements involving First Nations. He represents both business enterprises and First Nations groups.View This guys profile on LinkedIn

Michael Foderick maintains a general planning and development law practice, which includes providing advice and advocacy in matters pertaining to planning approvals and municipal law.View This guys profile on LinkedIn

Paul Galbraith‘s practice currently includes mid and large scale secured lending transactions, acquisitions and divestitures, commercial and industrial development projects, stock/share purchase transactions, and commercial leasing.View This guys profile on LinkedIn

James Papadimitriou has a practice focused on real estate and financial services. He also has an active leadership in the firm’s Real Property & Planning Group and acts as the group’s lead for the Québec region. James advises clients on real estate acquisitions, developments, joint ventures, commercial lending transactions, real estate financings, project financings and commercial leasing transactions. He also regularly represents Canadian chartered banks and other retail operators on commercial leasing matters, and acts for landlords on leasing matters.View This guys profile on LinkedIn

Julie Parla‘s practice focuses on infrastructure litigation, including bid/tender, fairness and procurement processes; construction disputes; disputes related to energy sector infrastructure projects; real property litigation, including commercial leasing, landlord tenant, and various transaction disputes. Julie has represented clients in both the public and private sectors including P3 infrastructure ventures, municipalities, educational institutions, and owners in the healthcare and other private sector industries.View This guys profile on LinkedIn


Conrad Rego’s practice is focused on commercial real estate acquisitions, sales, development and leasing, and banking, corporate and commercial lending, project finance, acquisition finance and real estate finance transactions. Conrad regularly advises developers on a variety of residential, commercial, mixed-use and comprehensive projects, proponents of infrastructure projects, including transportation and energy projects and Canadian financial institutions, whether provincially or federally chartered, and foreign banks on secured and unsecured bilateral and syndicated financing transactions, particularly with respect to commercial real estate and infrastructure.View This guys profile on LinkedIn

Charlene Schafer maintains a general real property practice. She has taught Business Associations Law as part of Osgoode’s Professional Masters of Law Program in International Business Law. She is a member of the OBA’s Corporate Governance Committee and an Executive Member of the recently formed Animal Law Section of the OBA.View This guys profile on LinkedIn

Craig Shirreff‘s practice is focused primarily on commercial real estate development, acquisitions, and dispositions, with a particular emphasis on the resort, alcohol and forestry sectors.View This guys profile on LinkedIn

Awanish Sinha‘s practice focuses on infrastructure litigation, including bid/tender procurement, P3 project financing, and construction disputes; energy sector projects and related disputes; commercial litigation, including commercial leasing, real property/asset sales, and complex service contract disputes; and medical defence work for the Canadian Medical Protective Association on behalf of Ontario physicians in civil, criminal and disciplinary contexts. Awanish is an experienced trial advocate, appearing before courts at all levels in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal, as well as the Federal Court Trial Division and the Federal Court of Appeal, and various regulatory tribunals.View This guys profile on LinkedIn

Scott Smythe‘s practice involves extensive work with a number of major real estate developers, landlords and tenants. Scott is the co-author of McCarthy Tétrault’s Annotated British Columbia Strata Property Act, published by Canada Law Book in April 2002 and updated bi-annually.View This guys profile on LinkedIn