Ian Cassie is a Partner and senior member of the Real Estate Law group in Vancouver where he focuses on the transportation, mining and utilities sectors. Clients admire his practical, timely advice on a broad range of real estate and regulatory issues. His practice involves advising on acquisition of rights of way and other less than fee simple rights including on reserve lands, land use regulation of the mining and utility sectors as well as on acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, ownership disputes, and liability concerns.
Ian works with a variety of sophisticated clients from industries including mining, transportation, utilities, and municipalities. Some of the clients Ian works with include: Kinder Morgan Canada, FortisBC, Nalcor Energy, Hillsborough Resources, and Compliance Energy.
Expertise with rights of way
Ian deals with real estate matters on rights of way, specifically for pipelines and electrical transmission lines. His experience in this area includes drafting and assistance with standard right of way acquisition documents, subsea crossings, expropriation and entry orders, crossing agreements, and land acquisitions and compensation under the National Energy Board Act.
Skilled advisor on First Nations
Ian’s real estate practice also branches into matters of First Nations, and often sees him deal with land tenures on reserve land, including land code jurisdictions, as well as land rights under modern treaties. He counsels on matters involving the Section 35 Indian Act and the First Nations Land Management Act.
Knowledgeable on ownership and development
Ian has considerable experience dealing with land development issues including brown field developments, development approvals, acquisitions, dispositions and long term (ground) leases, and dispositions by public bid process.
Extensive experience in mining
Ian’s experience in mining is extensive, especially in relation to real estate related transactions. He regularly advises and counsels on mineral ownership and tenures and the rights of surface owners, as well as issues related to the Mineral Tenure Act and the regulation of mining activities within British Columbia.