Jack Basey

Jack has many years of practical legal experience that includes representing local governments in BC, Alberta and Ontario. He also has hands on land use planning and development experience, in both the public and private sectors, on both First Nations and non-First Nations development land in BC.

Jack has 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 Edmonton, Alberta. Before becoming Edmonton’s City Solicitor he lead three province–wide legal service programs for the Attorney General of Alberta.

Jack keenly understands the needs of the private sector in complex land development matters. Since leaving public law practice in 2006, Jack has worked with the development and legal sectors on complex development proposals in urban and rural areas of BC. In addition, he has participated on planning teams assisting municipalities with the development of new land use bylaws.

Jack has a special interest and recent 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 existing municipalities. With respect to development on First Nations lands, for a local First Nation he recently prepared revisions to an existing Land Code, amended elections procedures and assisted in the preparation of a ground lease, sub-leases, and related development partnership documentation.

With respect to band governance Jack has developed training materials on existing legislation and recommended band policies and legislative change documentation for a First Nation located in the N.W.T. He has also completed two assignments for band-governance-training with the staff, Chief and Council of a First Nation in the Vanderhoof, BC area.


Jack is a member of the board of a newly created Mortgage Investment Corporation whose purpose is to solicit and then provide funds to assist in the development of First Nations lands.

Jack’s formal education includes a law degree from Queen’s University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alberta and a certification in Facilitation and Dispute Resolution from the BC Justice Institute. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Toronto. Jack is a retired former member of the Planning Institute of BC and is a member of the Law Societies in BC, Alberta, and Ontario.

Jack is actively involved as both a community and as well international outreach volunteer applying his expertise. He is a member of the Municipal Law and Aboriginal Law sections of the Canadian Bar association.


  • MBA – University of Alberta (1993)
  • LLB – Queen’s University (1974)
  • BA – University of Toronto (1971)
  • Certified in Facilitation and Dispute Resolution - BC Justice Institute (2002)

*practicing as John R. Basey, Q.C.

Professional Association

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of BC
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Planning Institute of BC (former member)