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About Vanessa

Vanessa's practice focuses primarily on real property matters in the area of commercial real estate transactions. She has assisted clients in purchase and sale transactions, mortgage financing, and office, industrial, retail and mixed-use leasing.

Prior to joining Blakes, Vanessa worked at a mid-size Canadian firm where she represented clients before the Provincial Court of Alberta and Court of King's Bench of Alberta. She also worked as a summer student in a Hong Kong law firm, garnering a wealth of experience under the umbrella of a corporate commercial practice.

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Representative matters in which Vanessa has been involved in include:

  • Acting for Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$11.4-billion joint venture with KKR & Co. to merge their western Canadian natural gas processing assets

  • Acting for a purchaser on its C$1.67-billion acquisition of The Bow office tower in Calgary, Alberta and Bell Creekbank Campus in Mississauga, Ontario

  • Acting for renewable energy companies in respect of acquisitions and dispositions of wind, solar and hydro-electric projects and facilities; aiding in connection with project financings in respect of such projects

  • Advising clients on several commercial real estate related matters in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Acting for institutional lenders in land acquisition and commercial development financing loans

  • Negotiating leases and subleases on behalf of a wide range of retail clients, oilfield service companies, and companies expanding into the Canadian market

Professional Activities

Vanessa is a director of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association – Calgary chapter, and is a member of the Calgary chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association.

Vanessa provides pro bono legal services through the King's Bench Amicus and Civil Claims Duty Counsel projects.


The Osgoode Certificate in Cannabis Law and Regulation – 2021
Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 2019
JD (With Distinction), University of Alberta – 2018
BA (With Distinction, Law and Society), University of Calgary – 2014

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