Russell Benson

Russell Benson is a partner in the Vancouver office practising in the Real Property and Planning Group. He is also a leader of the firm's Hospitality, Leisure and Resort Group.

Mr. Benson's practice is focused primarily on real estate development matters and he has represented many Vancouver based developers on a variety of residential, mixed use and comprehensive projects including complex subdivisions and rezonings. Mr. Benson also has significant experience in resort development, including timeshares, fractionals and private residence clubs, and he has given advice and prepared offering materials for a number of the high profile condominium hotel and fractional/residence club offerings in Vancouver, Whistler and elsewhere.

His experience includes:

  • real estate development matters in connection with the expansion of the Panorama Resort ski area and village near Invermere, British Columbia including the servicing, construction, financing, subdivision, and sale of conventional lots, bare land strata lots, townhouses and condominium hotels;
  • real estate development and related matters in connection with the major expansion of Whistler Resort known as "Whistler Creekside";
  • acquisition of the Pacific Palisades Hotel (Vancouver) and disposition of the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa (Victoria);
  • preparing offering documentation, hotel management agreements and related material, as well as real estate development work, for several quarter-ownership projects and tenth-share deeded private residence clubs at Whistler, British Columbia, as well as numerous other condominium hotel developments including the Westin Grand (Vancouver) and the Pan Pacific Mountainside Whistler and the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre;
  • negotiation of master agreement and management documents, preparation of condominium hotel offering documents, and all development work for the Four Seasons Resort Whistler and adjacent Four Seasons Private Residences projects and the Pan Pacific Whislter Village Centre;
  • acquisition of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and various matters related to expansion of ski area and base area real estate development;
  • preparing subdivision, homeowners association, golf club and hotel documentation for 2,800 units (at build-out), two golf course master-planned community in Cranbrook, B.C. known as "Wildstone";
  • acquisition of numerous development sites in Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and British Columbia interior.

Mr. Benson joined the firm in September, 1988. He received a BA in Economics in 1984 and an LLB in 1988 from the University of Victoria.

Mr. Benson is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Vancouver Bar Association.

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