Sarah Bird



Executive Summary

Sarah is a partner in our Corporate Commercial Group in our Vancouver office. Her practice focuses on public-private partnerships, project development, project finance, aboriginal law, lending and general corporate commercial law.

Sarah is known for her ability to skillfully handle difficult legal and commercial issues, negotiate complex financings, and find creative solutions that manage business risk. She has extensive experience with leading major public-private partnership and project finance transactions, including representing proponents and lenders with respect of all phases of public infrastructure and transportation projects. Sarah also advises lenders and resource companies on securing financing or refinancing for projects and facilities in the natural resources sector, and assists clients on a broad range of commercial, regulatory and financing matters.

Publications & Presentations

•Moderator, Thought - Leaders Roundtable: Strategies for Healthcare Planning and Transformation, Canadian Healthcare Infrastructure West, The Canadian Institute, February 2018.
•Moderator, “First Nations Development: Putting Structures in Place to Effectively Address the Infrastructure Deficit,” Canadian Infrastructure Finance Forum, July 2017.
•Speaker, “Financing Aboriginal Ownership of Industry Projects,” North of 60 Forum: Unlocking the True Economic Potential, June 2016.
•Co-Author, “Aboriginal Participation in Project Development: Emerging (and Lost) Opportunities,” BarTalk, April 2016.
•Speaker, “Due Diligence Considerations in Aboriginal Lending,” CBABC Banking Subsection Meeting, March 2016.
•Speaker, “Financing Energy and Infrastructure Projects,” 16th Western Canadian Aboriginal Land and Resource Management Forum, February 2016.
•Speaker, “Mini LLB for Aboriginal Leadership,” Federated Press, March 2015.
•Speaker, “Young Leaders in Infrastructure Hot Debates,” Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, November 2013.
•Speaker, “Use of Debt Financing Mechanisms for Public Private Partnerships,” 5th Structuring and Negotiating Public Private Partnerships Conference, Federated Press, May 2013.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Business and Corporate Commercial
  • Defence and Security
  • Indigenous Law
  • Infrastructure
  • Public-Private Infrastructure Projects

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
604.640.4176  Phone
604.622.5846  Fax
University Attended:
Queen's University, BA, Hons. in English Language and Literature, 2000
Law School Attended:
University of British Columbia, LLB, 2004
Year of First admission:
2005, British Columbia

Professional Involvement

•Member, Law Society of British Columbia
•Member, Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

Reported Cases:
Representative Work: Advises on major projects and project finance transactions.; Acts as lead counsel for proponents and lenders regarding all phases of social infrastructure (hospitals, schools, social housing and more) and transportation projects.; Advises resource developers, owners and proponents with respect to project development issues, including Aboriginal engagement and consultation.; Advises resource developers and lenders regarding commercial, regulatory and financing matters.; Advises lenders and borrowers regarding secured and unsecured credit facilities and project finance issues.; Advises financial institutions and other businesses on commercial issues.

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Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Vancouver, BC
    1200 Waterfront Centre , 200 Burrard Street , P.O. Box 48600
    Vancouver, BC V7X 1T2

    604.640.4176 Phone

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