In 1992, Canada commercialized the first of its airports and Brian became legal counsel for Vancouver International Airport (“YVR”) where he remained for 11 years. During this time, Brian was responsible for delivering and managing legal services, risk management and insurance, and revenue contract administration (over 500 concession agreements and leases) with practice in a wide range of business law and regulatory areas:

  • corporate and commercial transactions
  • commercial leasing and land development agreements
  • concessions and service agreements
  • tendering and contracting including construction
  • environmental, health and safety
  • labour, employment and outsourcing
  • regulatory including aviation, human rights, security and privacy
  • IT, telecommunications, intellectual property
  • administration and settlement of claims by and against the corporation
  • placement and administration of the insurance program, including airport liability, property, construction, and &O through Canadian and Lloyds of London brokers and underwriters

YVR had been a government facility with taxpayer paid improvements and strategic thinking compromised by politics and bureaucracy, all with an operational focus. During this time it was transitioned to a business enterprise where investment had to be justified, revenue opportunities found and costs cut, all with a commercial focus. At the same time, investment was needed for new infrastructure to replace inadequate and aging facilities. Operating as a community based not-for-profit corporation new commercial revenues were invested in more than $2 billion of infrastructure. YVR became a significant regional economic driver and a gateway airport. Vancouver Airport Services was created as a for profit entity and it now provides management, technical and advisory services to more than 20 airports internationally.

Brian holds a B.A. (1974) and LL.B. (1978) from the University of Victoria. Brian commenced his law practice as a Department of Justice (Canada) barrister in criminal law, aircraft accident, aviation prosecution, aviation personnel, and airline regulation cases. This was followed by training Transport Canada civil aviation and air traffic control personnel in airline regulation and aviation personnel licensing at Transport Canada facilities in Vancouver, Ottawa and Cornwall, Ontario.

From 1982 until 1992, Brian was agent of the Attorney General of Canada on aeronautical matters (including Transport Canada at Vancouver International Airport and other airports) and taught aviation law, airport commercial leasing and aviation safety. At the same time, Brian practiced civil litigation in the areas of personal injury and employment law, and criminal law in all levels of British Columbia’s courts. He also represented airlines, pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers in regulatory and legal matters.

Brian has been actively involved in airport law and related activities. See Professional Activities.

Brian has provided many airports and organizations with airport law and business solutions. See Representative Work.


Telephone: +1-604-681-0744
Email: brianday@airportlaw.ca