About Tegan

Media, Speaking & Thought Leadership

Tegan Smith, MCP, MCIP, RPP is a respected real estate investor, Development Consultant, Development Approvals Process Review (DAPR) expert, leader in Canadian real estate, and winner of the Urban Land Institute of British Columbia’s 2022 Outstanding Leader Award.


With more than 25 years of urban planning and land development experience, Tegan has an innate ability to listen, connect, and uncover innovative, resourceful solutions to even the most complex issues.

As the CEO of Channel Consulting and founder of Uplift Fund, Tegan prides herself on having built the most talented and well-versed development consulting team in the industry to meet the needs of real estate investors, private landholders and municipalities in Canada.

Whether supporting development clients with due diligence and getting their projects across the line, or helping government iron out complex permitting processes—Tegan’s reputation is for leading teams of subject matter experts to deliver complex and difficult projects.

She brings an authentic and engaging style to managing risk by helping project teams have direct discussions, be adaptive, and effectively manage risks, costs, and timelines.

Speaking Engagements

Exclusive Masterclass on Investment Criteria for Rental Housing
Virtual Roundtable: Join us for a comprehensive exploration into the Investment Criteria for Rental Housing Projects | June 4th, 2024 at noon PST on zoom, free of charge | click here

Housing Havoc: Federal Budget Debrief
Virtual Roundtable: Analyze Canada’s Housing Plan and decode it’s impact on Development Feasibility | May 22th, 2024 at noon PST on zoom, free of charge | For replay click here

Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations
Unlocking Opportunities: Navigating Financing for Rental Housing Properties | Toronto | May 15, 2024 at 10:30 AM EST | For details of the conference click here

Planning Institute of British Columbia & Urban Land Institute of British Columbia
Virtual Roundtable: Challenges of Implementing Bills 44, 46 & 47 | First-ever joint initiative | April 10th, 2024 at noon PST | For the replay click here

Development Feasibility Masterclass
Comprehensive exploration into the Development Feasibility Framework particularly for the Uplift Fund | April 9th, 2024 at noon PST on zoom, free of charge | For the replay click here

Housing Summit
Facilitator of the Housing Summit with Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing and Government House Leader, hosted by Panatch Group | Private event at Quilchena Golf and Country Club, Richmond BC | March 27, 2024 at 3pm PST

Phoenix Group Breakfast
Presentation: How Partnerships Between Landholders, Developers and Investors Kick-Start Pre-Development and Unlock Housing in The Current Climate | March 13, 2024 at 8 am PST

Joins & Pains of Transit-Oriented Development
Virtual Roundtable: Unearth the Possibilities & Find Out What It Really Takes to Successfully Develop a Transit-Oriented Site | March 12, 2024 at noon PST | For the replay click here

ULI Toronto
Virtual Panel: What Can Ontario Learn from Specific Policy Moves in BC that Unlock Transit-Oriented Development Sites? | March 8, 2024 at noon EST

Urban Land Institute of British Columbia – Women’s Leadership Initiative Gala
Outstanding Leader Award: A Conversation with Past Recipients | Terminal City Club | March 6, 2024 at 7:00 PM PST

Surrey Board of Trade & TransLink
Roundtable: Transportation Infrastructure, Accessibility, and Safety for Women and Youth | First joint initiative  –  TBD (postponed from January 23, 2024 due to CUPE 4500 strike action)

Navigating the New Legislation
Virtual Workshop: Challenges of Implementing Bills 44, 46 & 47 | Replay | December 4, 2023 at noon PST

Urban Land Institute of British Columbia
Panel: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform the Approvals Process, Clear the Way For New Development, & Unlock Vital Housing Supply | November 2, 2023 | Western Investor Article | BIVArticle

University of Calgary
Panel: Human Centred Design, Social Innovation, & Entrepreneurship –  July 13, 2023

Western Canada Apartment Investment Conference
Panel: Managing Construction Costs and Development Costs in Turbulent Market Conditions Panel | Blog – April 4, 2023

Urban Land Institute of British Columbia
Award: 2022 Outstanding Leader | Interview & Article – November 24, 2022

Surrey Board of Trade
Panel: Surrey Development Industry Forum: Challenges and Solutions to BC’s Housing Crisis | Recording at 1:25:32 – October 28, 2022

Canadian Housing & Renewal Association
Panel: Leadership and Housing – November 22, 2021

Urban Land Institute of British Columbia
Interview: A Conversation with Tegan Smith – November 4, 2021

The Globe & Mail
Presentation: Land Use Approvals & Government Relations – October 29, 2021

Metro Vancouver Board
Presentation: Land Use Approvals  – October 29, 2021

University of the Fraser Valley
Presentation: Indigenous Engagement – October 8, 2021

Metro Vancouver Planning Committee
Presentation: Land Use Approvals – October 8, 2021

City of Burnaby Planning & Development Committee
Presentation: Land Use Approvals – March 30, 2021

3 Uniques Podcast
Interview: Tegan Smith On Leadership – January 31, 2021

Urban Land Institute of British Columbia
Presentation: Government Engagement and Land Use Approvals – July 2020

Vancouver Real Estate Forum
Panel: Metro Vancouver’s Industrial Land Use Approvals: Case Study Xchange Business Park – April 2019

Speaking Topics

What the World Can Learn from Specific Policy Moves in Canada that Unlock Transit-Oriented Development Sites

Like many nations around the world, Canada is facing an unprecedented housing crisis—and, for the first time in our nation’s history, specific steps are being taken to unlock massive housing opportunities. 

Thanks to new regulations around transit-oriented sites in British Columbia, we’re in a unique position to unlock tens of thousands of new units.

As an expert in land development with over 25 years experience, Tegan is excited to share:

  • Why high-density transit-oriented development is the best way to support increased population in cities across the globe.  Housing people near transit infrastructure reduces the climate impact of growth and enables our workforce to have better access to jobs.
  • The details of game-changing new legislation introduced in British Columbia – and specific steps that landholders, developers, and governments alike are taking to act quickly to unlock housing supply in our cities.
  • Why a partnership mindset, government relations and bringing solutions are integral in developing housing on transit-oriented sites — in the face of complex, ever-evolving conversations around amenity funds, servicing costs, etc.

Impacting the Housing Crisis With Artificial Intelligence

Canada is facing an unprecedented housing crisis. Recent immigration commitments by the feds, archaic permitting processes, and chronic municipal staffing issues have combined into the perfect storm, leaving citizens, landholders and municipal staff alike wondering: How will we ever create the housing supply needed to mitigate this issue?

Serendipitously, we are also in the midst of a significant technological boom. For the first time ever, Artificial Intelligence is being looked at not just as a tool for the super-techy or for specific niches—but as a resource that can be leveraged by nearly any industry, land use and development included. Through her work with municipalities, private landholders, developers, and real estate investors, Tegan has seen firsthand the massive impact AI can (and will continue to) have on the housing crisis, if implemented responsibly.

Listening & Finding Truth is #1 if You Want Your Housing Project to Happen

This is an extremely challenging time for anyone looking to develop land in Canada. Between environmental factors, stakeholder engagement, a total lack of “easy” properties, and challenges around financing, it can be easy for landholders to feel like their back is against a wall. However, there are still plenty of creative solutions to be found.

Tegan’s expertise as a Leader in Canadian real estate is in connecting the right dots (and the right people) to find the truth about what’s possible on your land. Key conversation points include:

  • Why listening, connecting, and finding truth is the most important skill of leaders of housing projects.
  • Why it’s important to exchange ideas with global cities.
  • Specific examples of how developers, local government, and Canadian landholders are connecting with one another and working together (and not against each other) to unlock vital housing supply during such a difficult time.
  • Details on specifically what to watch for, and what questions to ask to get to the heart of what’s really possible for transit-oriented sites —whether you are working in Canada or any other city in the world.

How Partnerships Between Landholders, Developers and Investors Kick-Start Pre-Development and Unlock Housing in The Current Climate

One of the biggest struggles landholders face is that the value of their property is wrapped up in the land. The property they own is a virtual goldmine, but they don’t know how to put together the partnerships needed to actually develop the land and tap into its true value. 

Tegan’s breadth of experience and connections make her the perfect guide to help landholders understand how to work with developers and government to create value through the permitting process. Tegan will share her thoughts on:

  • Specific ways that transit-oriented developments that unlock housing supply (such as those now possible in British Columbia due to Bill 47) can proceed amidst uncertainty around costs for amenity funds, servicing, and more.
  • Case study on how landholders are partnering with developers and investors in order to proceed with the pre-development and zoning phase of housing projects – even in the face of rising interest rates, construction cost inflation, and uncertainty about  government fees
  • What specific information landholders, developers and investors need in order to work together and proceed with a project.

Your Vision Comes First, If You Want to Get Your Project Across the Line

So many families, non-profits, and small business owners across the globe have dreams of developing or redeveloping their property, but they have no idea where to start. Tegan’s unique development feasibility process puts an emphasis on the landholder’s vision and values first. Key conversations include:

  • Why focusing on a project’s bottom line isn’t enough—and how landholders absolutely need to set the vision, if they have a hope of getting their project across the line.
  • Specific steps landholders can take to “drive the bus”, and ensure they have confidence, clarity, and certainty about the costs, timelines and feasibility of the development process—rather than feel overwhelmed by risks.
  • Details on what consultants, brokers, and advisors need to understand in order to provide supportive advice to their clients—and how landholders can avoid that feeling of being “shuffled from one expert to another” by having a clear vision of what they want, and asking specific questions.

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