Dennis Ryan


Dennis brings 28 year’s experience as an international, Alberta and British Columbia solicitor with a practice that focuses on all aspects of Natural Resources Law (Forestry, Mining, Agriculture and Environment) and related corporate and operational matters involving regulatory compliance, preparation of operational, transportation and procurement contracts, development and auditing of environmental management systems, assisting with the preparation and adoption of standard operating procedures and associated training, working with clients wishing to undertake environmental assessments, representing clients following environmental incidents, representing clients in mediation and arbitration of contract disputes, and assisting clients with First Nations consultations. He also assists his resources clients on all corporate matters, including the formation of companies, partnerships and joint ventures. Dennis has significant experience in all aspects of business law, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, banking and finance.

Dennis was a senior partner at a large international law firm in Vancouver and chaired their National Forestry Practice Group. He also was the Chair of the BC Forestry Sector with the BC Chamber of Commerce. Dennis was formerly the Head of Legal for a Canadian gold mining company that operated the Kemess Mine in BC, the Giant Mine in Yellowknife and various other gold and copper mines in Ontario. Being raised in a farming family, Dennis also assists farmers and landowners with all aspects of law relating to land tenure, leasing, processing, marketing, sales, finance and land development.

Dennis is further qualified as a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). This designation gives him the opportunity to assist both BC and Alberta clients with their estate and business succession planning, the preparation of their Wills, Personal Directives, Representation Agreements, Enduring Powers of Attorney and bespoke trust agreements.

After working internationally for several years, I am excited to be returning to British Columbia to assist our natural resource clients with their corporate, regulatory and environmental objectives and challenges. My late father was a logger in Alberta in the 1940s and I am so honoured to be working in the same industry. I pride myself as a results-driven, service-driven, commercially pragmatic lawyer, whose objective is to find practical, efficient and cost-effective solutions to address our clients’ requirements. I am a no-nonsense lawyer who takes time to listen to our clients’ concerns and respond promptly to their requests.

Police Diploma, City of Edmonton Police Department, 1976
Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta, 1976
Bachelor of Education (With Distinction), University of Alberta, 1982
Master of Education (Magna Cum Laude), University of Ottawa, 1987
Juris Doctor, University of Alberta, 1990

Law Society of Alberta, Member (1990 – present)
Law Society of British Columbia, Member (1993 – present)
Canadian Bar Association, Member, and former elected Council Representative for Vancouver
Former Chair of the Business Law Section – CBA Vancouver
Former Chair of the Forestry Sector – BC Chamber of Commerce
STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), Full Member (2014 – present)
Legal Consultant, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2009 – 2018)
Registered Associate, Bermuda (2012)
Law Society of the Cayman Islands, Member (2007 – 2009)
Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate (Alberta) – (1982)

Ranked as a Leading Attorney in Chambers Global (2010 to present)
Ranked in Who’s Who Legal – Private Client (2017-2018)
Adjunct Professor of Business and Company Law, University College of the Cayman Islands (2007-2009)

Dennis' Areas of Practice:

Wine Services

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Natural Resources Law

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Estate Administration

Managing a person’s estate following his or her death can be an overwhelming and emotional task, particularly for anyone appointed as executor.

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Business Law

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