Elizabeth Yip*


University of Toronto


British Columbia, 1992
Ontario, 1989


CLEBC, Real Estate: Everything’s Gone Green, January 29, 2009 – “What Green Development means for Lawyers: Fifteen years of Experience from UniverCity and Dockside Green”.

CLEBC, Everything’s Gone Green, January 29, 2009 – “Keeping it Green through Covenants and Easements”.

Pacific Business & Law Institute, Green Development: Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure, February 3, 2012 – “Water Issues in Sustainable Developments: Green Roofs, Stormwater Management and Sewage Management”.

CLEBC, Real Estate Development Advanced Topics, September 9, 2014 – “Leasehold Developments on University Lands”.

Western Canadian Hotel & Resort Investment Conference, October 8, 2014 – Panelist on “Chinese Investment in Canadian Real Estate – A Surging Wave: Chinese Real Estate Investment Goes Overseas”.

Handbook of Canadian Higher Education Law, 2015 – Co-author of Chapter 11 “Land Development Issues Applicable to Higher Education Institutions”.

CLEBC, Real Estate Development Update 2018, November 22, 2018 – “Land Assemblies”.

ULC BC Webinar, July 16, 2020 – Panelist on “Is Online Real Estate Sales Really a Thing?”.

Input Magazine published by The Real Estate Institute of British Columbia, 2020 summer edition entitled “Leadership” – Featured as one of 19 women leaders in the real estate industry.

CLEBC, Subdivision Regulation and Discretion 2022, May 26, 2022 – “Subdivisions from a Developer’s Point of View”.


In her practice, Ms. Yip works regularly with owners, developers, lenders, borrowers and landlords dealing with all facets of commercial property.  She has been extensively involved in acquisitions and sales, development, rezoning and permit approvals, commercial leasing, real estate financing and clean power projects.

Ms. Yip has spoken and written extensively on subdivisions, land assemblies, strata properties, the development and structuring of leasehold lands, sustainable communities and Chinese real estate investment.

Ms. Yip is recognized by Best Lawyers as a leading lawyer in the practice area of Commercial Leasing Law and by Lexpert as a leading lawyer in the practice area of Property Development.

She received a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (1984) and an LLB from the University of Toronto (1987). Ms. Yip is fluent in Cantonese and reads and writes Chinese.

Ms. Yip’s volunteering experience includes mentoring of young lawyers and real estate professionals. She served on the Executive Committee of Lambda Alpha International, Vancouver Chapter and the Canadian Bar Association’s Business of Law Committee.

* Law Corporation

  • Acting for the master developer of the UniverCity Community at Simon Fraser University, an award-winning sustainable community as well as other university trusts in British Columbia;
  • Acting for purchasers and vendors of development sites, including land assemblies;
  • Acting for purchasers of development lots for the purpose of land assemblies;
  • Development of different types of projects including:
    • master-planned communities
    • shopping centres
    • office buildings
    • office parks
    • resort properties
    • educational, recreational and other non-profit institutions, such as universities, schools, daycares and parks
  • Acting for major developers of condominium projects, including phased and mixed-use (including airspace) projects;
  • Extensive dealings with many local governments in British Columbia, including urban and rural communities. Ms. Yip is experienced in the rezoning and approval process and has good relationships with staff in many municipalities. She regularly advises clients on problem-solving with local governments;
  • Acting for borrowers in acquisitions, take-out and construction financings;
  • Acting for commercial lenders in various lending transactions;
  • Acting for commercial landlords and tenants in the preparation and negotiation of leases;
  • Acting for national U.S. timeshare operators in registration, compliance and acquisitions;
  • Involvement with the acquisition, development and financing of renewal power projects including run of river, wind and biomass, involving all aspects of real property tenures and rights; and
  • Acting for the purchasers of major hotels.
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