Contact Jack

Cell: 250.857.2241
General Line: 250.383.3838
jbasey@reedpope.ca

Paralegal and Primary Contact

Linda Gardner
250.419.5071
lgardner@reedpope.ca

John R. “Jack” Basey QC

Associate Counsel

John R. “Jack” Basey Q.C.* practices as an associate counsel with Reed Pope Law Corporation. He has extensive BC land development experience, in both the public and private sectors, on both First Nations and non-First Nations development sites in BC. Jack is acutely aware of the needs of the private sector in complex land development matters.

He is part of the firm’s Real Estate Law Group advising and providing strategic counsel.

Jack deals with a variety of approval and entitlement regulatory issues arising from development matters including:

  • Complex phased real estate development utilizing his extensive practical legal experience from both public law practice representing local governments in BC, Alberta and Ontario, and as well his private law practice since 2006
  • Problem solving with respect to all land use planning, zoning, subdivision, and regulatory matters affecting clients

Before joining Reed Pope, Jack worked in-house, advising staff and elected officials, at both the provincial and municipal levels of government. As the Director of Planning and the City Solicitor for Victoria, BC, in addition to his legal counsel duties, he was responsible for all land use planning, development, and building regulatory matters. Before this, he was the City Solicitor for the City of Edmonton, Alberta. Jack has direct legal experience in the issues of First Nations governance as well as land use planning and development on First Nations lands and the legal relationships with adjacent municipalities. He has prepared revisions to an existing First Nations Land Code, amended elections procedures and assisted in the preparation of a ground lease, sub-leases, and related development partnership documentation.

Education and Qualifications

  • Called to the Law Society of Upper Canada (1976)
  • Called to the Alberta Bar (1980)
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (1994)
  • Certificate Justice Institute of BC: Facilitation and Dispute Resolution (2002)
  • MBA University of Alberta (1993)
  • LLB Queen’s University (1974)
  • BA University of Toronto (1971)
  • PIBC (Planner Candidate) retired

Community Associations and Involvement

  • Outreach volunteer with CESO applying his expertise especially with respect to indigenous issues
  • Member of the Municipal Law and Aboriginal Law sections of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Former Board Chair of the Victoria YMCA
  • Former Member Redevelopment Committee of First Met United Church
  • Current Board member of a Not for Profit Society focused on Housing for First Nations

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Victoria Bar Association
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Law Society of Alberta (retired)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Urban Development Institute (Capital Region)