Professional Background

John Fraser is Counsel and a member of the Commercial Real Estate Group.

John assists public and private clients in a variety of commercial property law matters such as acquiring, developing, leasing and selling:

  • shopping centres
  • residential and office complexes
  • hotel/recreational properties
  • multi-use urban projects

He has extensive experience in negotiating agreements relating to:

  • financing and project management
  • land use
  • zoning and subdivision of real estate

John is also experienced in investment structures including corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships and joint ventures.

John helps clients to develop and implement their development plans, and is an advisor to the British Columbia Housing Management Commission which is involved in a broad spectrum of real estate projects throughout British Columbia.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan: 1966
  • Bachelor of Law, University of British Columbia: 1970
  • Law Clerk Supreme Court of Canada: 1970-71
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar: 1972

Rankings + Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: AV Peer Review rated


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • Past Member, Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships
  • Member, Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Past Director, Member Urban Developments Institute
  • Past Advisory Board Member, UBC Sauder School of Business
  • Founding Member and Past Director, Community Care Foundation
  • Past Director, Whistler Resort Association
  • Past Director, Hong Kong Canada Business Association

Community + Volunteering

  • Past Director, Community Youth Tennis Foundation
  • Past Director and President, Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club

In particular, John has advised clients relating to the:

  • acquisition, rezoning, development and initial leasing of the Metrotown Shopping Centre, Burnaby, BC
  • expansion of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre
  • acquisition, development and leasing of the Hub Station, the transportation and retail centre located at the intersection of the Expo, Millennium and Evergreen Skytrain lines
  • development agreements relating to Conference Plaza, a mixed use development, Vancouver, BC
  • rezoning of the Champlain Heights Shopping Centre, Vancouver, BC;
  • acquisition and disposition of the Middlegate Shopping Centre, Burnaby, BC
  • development of the Northwoods Business Centre, North Vancouver, BC
  • acquisition and development of the mixed use Coal Harbour development located in Vancouver, BC


  • Past Contributor, British Columbia Real Estate Manual
  • Allocating Parking Stalls in Strata Corporations
  • Winding Up a Strata Corporation Voluntarily
  • Leasing Matters – Options to Renew
  • Allocating Parking Stalls in Strata Corporations 2


  • Past Lecturer, real estate law and law office management
  • Past Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
  • Panelist, Housing Central 2017 Conference