Churyl Elgart

Churyl Elgart: Attorney with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
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  • Centennial Place, East Tower, 1900, 520 - 3rd Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB, Canada M5H 3Y4
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Executive Summary

Churyl is Counsel in the Commercial Litigation Group of our Calgary office. Her practice is focused on land law.

In her planning and development practice, Churyl advises private clients on all matters related to the development of land. This includes land use redesignations, subdivision approvals, development permits, appeals, and the drafting of bylaws and policies. She also advises municipal bodies, including appeal boards.

Churyl is frequently involved in negotiations, disputes and litigation related to development agreements, offsite levies and infrastructure cost recoveries, municipal bylaw enforcement, Building and Fire Codes, medical marijuana developments, tree damage, stormwater drainage, private roads and road closures, real estate contracts and commercial leases, illegal subdivisions, and restrictive covenants.

Churyl has assisted over a dozen commercial and residential landowners through the Alberta expropriation process, and brings her knowledge of planning law to the process.

With a keen interest in the life and work of cities, Churyl engages in discussions about the development of practical laws and policies. She provides guest lectures and presentations on topics of interest.

Churyl articled with the Regional Municipality of Peel in Ontario. She has appeared before Calgary City Council, various Subdivision and Development Appeal Boards, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles

•Co-Author, “AB ruling reminds service firms to first obtain municipal permits,” Environment and Policy Law, May 2015.

BLG Publications

•Co-Author, “Alberta Court of Appeal Decision a Reminder of the Importance of Municipal Approvals Prior to Oil & Gas Operations,” The Resource: BLG Energy Law Blog, May 14, 2015.


•Guest Lecturer, Real World Planning Law, Professional Planning Practice (EVDP 621), Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, January 6, 2018.
•Guest Lecturer, “Public Engagement and Public Hearings,” Planning and Public Engagement (EVDP 631), Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, February 6, 2017.
•Guest Lecturer, “Real World Planning Law and the MGA,” Professional Planning Practice Course (EVDS 621), Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, January 5, 2017.
•Speaker, “Summary of Bill 21 Amendments to the Municipal Government Act,” Commercial Real Estate Section (South), Alberta Branch, Canadian Bar Association, December 8, 2016.
•Speaker, “Summary of Bill 21 Amendments (First Reading), Alberta Municipal Government Act, Parts 17-17.2,” Municipal Section (South), Alberta Branch, Canadian Bar Association, October 8, 2016.
•Speaker, “Alberta Branch Report,” National Meeting, Municipal Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, Ottawa, April 9, 2016.
•Speaker, “Making Your Own Rules - About Section 30 Agreement Limitation Periods,” Alberta Expropriation Association Conference, October 17, 2015.

Rankings & Recognitions

•Recognized in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use: Alberta (Band 2)).

Community Involvement

•Former Stroke and Turn Judge, Alberta Summer Swim Association
•Former Minor Official, Alberta Water Polo Association
•Volunteer, Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Municipal Planning
  • Municipal Liability
  • Land Development
  • Expropriation
  • Corporate Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Class Actions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403.232.9601  Phone
403.266.1395  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alberta, B.A., Honors English, first class honors, 1994
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, LL.B., 1998
Year of First Admission:
2003, British Columbia; 2004, Alberta; 2000, Ontario

Professional Involvement

• Member, Law Society of Alberta
• Member, Calgary Bar Association
• Member, CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women)
• Alberta Expropriation Association, 2018 President, 2016 and 2017 Vice-President (South), 2015 Auditor
• Secretary, Municipal Section (South), Alberta Branch, Canadian Bar Association, 2013-present
• Member, Commercial Real Estate Section (South), Alberta Branch, Canadian Bar Association
• Co-Chair, Alberta Municipal Legal Advisors Conference, 2017
• Member, Congress for the New Urbanism, 2015-present
• Member, Urban Land Institute, 2016-present
• Volunteer, Legal Education Society of Alberta, CPLED

Reported Cases:
Representative Work: Reported Municipal and Planning Decisions: SDAB2017-0109 (Re), 2017 CGYSDAB 109 (condominium building); SDAB2017-0067 (Re), 2017 CGYSDAB 67 (daycare); SDAB2017-0039 (Re), 2017 CGYSDAB 39 (bottle depot); March v Evans, 2017 ABQB 200 (restrictive covenant); SDAB2016-0037 (Re), 2016 CGYSDAB 37 (residence); SDAB2016-0030 (Re), 2016 CGYSDAB 30 (residence); SDAB2015-0142 (Re), 2015 CGYSDAB 142 (Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society Centre 4800 development permit); SDAB2015-0004 (Re), 2016 CGYSDAB 4 (retaining wall); SDAB2015-0160 (Re), 2015 CGYSDAB 160 (residence); SDAB2015-0044 (Re), 2015 CGYSDAB 44 (retaining wall); SDAB2015-0012 (Re), 2015 CGYSDAB 12 (daycare); SDAB2014-0121 (Re), 2014 CGYSDAB 121 (residence); SDAB2014-0100 (Re), 2014 CGYSDAB 100 (digital sign); SDAB2014-0031 (Re), 2014 CGYSDAB 31 (residence); Maduke v. Leduc (County No. 25), 2010 ABCA 331; Maduke v. Leduc (County No. 25), 2009 ABCA 382; Fatality Inquiry: Report to the Attorney General - Public Fatality Inquiry into the death of Kevan John Chandler, December 29, 2008 (Docken & Company); Expropriations: Churyl has been involved on various infrastructure projects across Alberta, including: West LRT (Calgary); Green Line LRT (Calgary); Sports and Entertainment Complex (Fort McMurray); Southeast Valley Line LRT (Edmonton); 17th Avenue SE Bus Rapid Transit (Calgary); Metis Trail Widening (Calgary)
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      Centennial Place, East Tower , 1900, 520 - 3rd Avenue S.W.
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