I am collaborative and I believe my job is to be an extension of the client and to help them succeed by arriving at the best solutions possible.
While the transactions for leasing, lending and financing may seem to be repetitive, the reality is that each agreement is different and must reflect client priorities. Teresa takes the time to clearly define and check the clients' priorities and objectives to ensure they are reflected in agreements.
Her clients value her efficient and client-focused approach and appreciate her dedication to understanding what is unique to them and their business. For example, a growing global concern over environmental impacts of buildings has led to many clients investing in achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for their commercial assets. Add the implementation of a Carbon Tax, and many landlords are amending their leasing agreements and moving towards green leases. Teresa works closely with clients to ensure their priorities are reflected in all their agreements.
Teresa's areas of practice include:
•Banking and finance
•Commercial land development
•Commercial lending and financing
•Commercial sales and property acquisitions
•Real estate property law
Teresa articled with Field Law and then joined the firm in 1999.
Outside of Work
Teresa is a proud mother of three girls, all of whom play basketball and other sports. She sits on the board for the Strathcona Basketball Association but when she's not busy with her kids' sports and volunteering, she enjoys travelling.
Honours and Awards
Stikeman, Elliott & Carswell National Tax Award 1998
Dean's List - Faculty of Law, University of Alberta 1997 & 1998
Jones de Villar's Prize in Administrative Law 1997
Juris Radze Memorial Prize - Faculty of Law, University of Alberta 1997
Dean's List - Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta 1994
Leadership and Executive
Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Community Organizations
The George Spady Centre Director 2009-Present
Contracts for the Sale and Purchase of Land: Purchaser's Remedies Field Law June 2011
Agents and Lawyers - Who is Watching Out for the Purchaser? Bricks & Mortar December 1999
Condominium Developers' Holdbacks - Cash Flow Crunch Bricks & Mortar December 1999
Did You Know? Personal Information Protection The Entrepreneur July 1999
Electronic Commerce in Canada (co-author) March 1999
Changes Passes to Controversial Land Use Legislation Field Law
•In 2008, Teresa worked with an Alberta oilfield services equipment provider whose lender called their loan and gave them only 30 days to pay. At the time, many financial lenders in Alberta were worried about oilfield industries and decided they didn't want to take on the risk. Her client was facing bankruptcy if they could not find a lender who would take on their loan in a very short time period and one that would allow the financial structure to be successful in the current economic climate.
Teresa assisted the client with finding two lenders; one who agreed to cover the bulk of the loan and another one who covered a small percentage, as neither of the lenders wanted to the take over the entire loan.
Teresa helped her client negotiate and structure a financial relationship that worked for all parties, and ensured both lenders could have security but the client could proceed in a fashion that allowed them to weather the economic uncertainty. Teresa's client successfully came through the 2008 recession and has since achieved a record number of profits.
•In 2012, Teresa worked with a large commercial developer in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Her client needed to prepare various easements for access, use and utilities, which would affect multiple properties. The Northern climate impacts the way infrastructure is developed, which poses complications for the drafting of easements. For example, permafrost means that utilities are not run underground in many areas - but rather above-ground - which can impact development. The statutory legislation in the Northern territories is applied differently than in other provinces, and the Registrar in the North requires different procedures in how easement agreements are drafted and registered. Teresa and her team engaged legal counsel in the North and worked very closely with the Registrar to understand the procedure, and then successfully drafted the easement agreements.
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Business Law Section (North) Member 1999-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Commercial Property and Leasing Law Section (North) Member 1999-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Real Property Section (North) Member 1999-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Taxation Law Section (North) Member 1999-Present
Edmonton Bar Association Member 1999-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 1999-Present