Peter Collins
Peter Collins
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Peter Collins is an experienced business lawyer whose practice focuses on commercial real estate in Alberta and elsewhere in western Canada. Peter has substantial experience in acquisition, leasing, financing, operations and sales of commercial property developments, and in particular, shopping centres and other retail developments, office buildings and industrial developments. He also attends to the corporate and general commercial law needs of clients.

"I started in a smaller firm where I had a general business law practice serving mostly small to medium-sized businesses. That work taught me the need to be practical and to always keep the bigger picture in mind. This helps when I'm providing strategic advice to a business client or I’m the senior person leading a team on a project." As a result, Peter has wide-ranging experience in business law, including construction, business litigation, foreclosures, insolvency and other commercial disputes and transactions. Clients rely on Peter for help on a wide range of business issues.

His years as a former litigator and as an in-house lawyer at Petro-Canada (now Suncor Energy) have given him a valuable, go-to perspective on what makes a deal work. "Clients don't deal with lawyers out of a passion for the law. Clients want to get their business and legal goals accomplished. That takes certainty, clarity, a detail-oriented thoroughness, practicality, and a relentless drive toward the client’s goals. Getting deals done sometimes also requires toughness and advocacy, qualities my years as a litigator have given me."

Most of Peter's clients are now mid-sized and larger, including pension funds, private equity funds, REITs, a chartered bank, and other institutional investors, landlords, tenants and related service providers.

Value to Clients

Regardless of the size, location or type of client or transaction, "my role is to provide strategic guidance to our clients and to educate them about their deal risks and tactics - in a clear and practical fashion - so that they can make an informed choice about the best way forward, and then get them to their goal," Peter explained.

Outside the Office

"I love to ski," Peter explained. "Glades, groomers and bowls are all fun, and powder days are the best!"

He also likes to bike (mountain and road), hike and travel. Recent destinations? The American Rockies, Switzerland and Indochina. Up next: the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Real Property - Commercial Section (South)
Past Chair
2014 - 2016
International Council of Shopping Centers, Membership
2012 - 2016
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
2006 - 2016
Law Society of Alberta
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Real Property - Commercial Section (South)
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Registered Trade Mark Agent
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Real Property - Commercial Section (South)
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Real Property - Commercial Section (South)
Executive Member
Alberta Law Review, Editorial Board
Commercial Leasing Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2018 - 2019
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
"Repeatedly Recommended" - Property Leasing
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
Volunteer of the Year award, SkiMeisters Alpine Racers
George Bligh O'Connor Silver Medal in Law
University of Alberta
Faculty of Law Dean's List
1980 - 1982
Bishop & McKenzie Prize in Company and Commercial Law
Chief Justice L.S. Turcotte Award
Jones Black Scholarship for Highest Academic Achievement in First Year Law
Province of Alberta Scholarship
Alpine Canada Alpin
National Official
1999 - 2009
Sunshine Alpine Racers
Vice President, Communications
2006 - 2008
Sunshine Alpine Racers
Board Member
2003 - 2008
Alberta Alpine Ski Association
Member, Alpine Chairs Committee
2004 - 2006
Alpine Racing Programs (Alpine Chair) - Sunshine Alpine Racers
2004 - 2006
SkiMeisters Alpine Racers
Board Member
2000 - 2002
Mayfair Bel-Aire Community Association
Board Member
1995 - 2000
City of Calgary Approving Authority for Campaigns for Public Contributions
1988 - 1988
City of Calgary Approving Authority for Campaigns for Public Contributions
1987 - 1988
Theatre Calgary Banff/Calgary Road Race
Member, Organizing Committee
1985 - 1986
Conservative Party of Canada
Calgary Elbow Wildrose Alliance Constituency Association
2012 - 2013
Calgary Elbow Wildrose Alliance Constituency Association
Vice President - Communications
2009 - 2011
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University of Alberta, 1982, Bachelor of Laws
Université de Sherbrooke, Dalhousie University, 1981, Comparative Law Certificate, Comparative Law Program