One of the most experienced and highly respected lawyers in the Okanagan Valley, Theresa Arsenault, Q.C., specializes in estate planning and trusts, First Nations transactions and land development, and business and real estate law. She is frequently sought out as a speaker on all these topics and more.
High net-worth individuals often face complex estate planning challenges created by the size of the estate, second or more marriages, or the desire to generate tax savings through trusts. For many years, these clients have relied on Theresa, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Planners, to overcome these challenges through tools like spousal or discretionary testamentary trusts, multiple wills, alter ego and joint partner trusts, estate freezes, and discretionary family trusts.
Developers on First Nations and Crown land, including First Nations bands themselves, need expert legal guidance when developing master planned resort or residential communities and mixed-use commercial and residential developments on all types of lands. Lenders need advice on how to structure and securitize loans and acquire security on all types of lands. Corporations and limited partnerships, both local and international, retain Theresa’s services to accomplish all these goals.
Theresa also provides a range of legal services to a number of specialized clients. She helps ski resorts with unique legal needs related to the purchase and sale of properties, the negotiation of development agreements with the province, the settlement of Crown land issues, and issues involving contracts and real estate development. She incorporates and drafts operating and partnership agreements for doctors, dentists and other professionals, allowing them to use a family trust to split income.
Theresa has lived and practiced law in Kelowna for 30 years, building an extraordinary record of commitment and activity within the community. She has served as a Governor and Chair of the University of British Columbia and is currently Co-Chair of UBCO’s External Community Advisory Committee. She was Co-Chair of the Okanagan Partnership and is a Director of the Canada West Foundation. In addition, Theresa is a member of Kelowna’s Chamber of Commerce and the Kelowna Estate Planning Council, and has previously served on the boards of the United Way, the KGH Foundation, the B.C. Cancer Agency, and the Okanagan University College.
Away from the office, Theresa enjoys local art, travel, wine, and food — not necessarily in that order. To balance these activities, she keeps fit with Pilates, hiking, cycling, dancing, and skiing. She prioritizes her family and friends and seeks to make a positive difference in the world through enhanced access to education.
*Providing services through a law corporation.
- Negotiating and advising on complex commercial contracts.
- Preparing and advising on commercial lending and finance matters.
- Counsel for residential and commercial developers.
- First Nations financing, leasing and property transactions.
- Estate Planning – Advising and preparing Wills, Representation Agreements and Discretionary Trusts.
- Estate Probate and Administration.
- Ski Resort Development and Acquisition.
Theresa Arsenault has been my lawyer for the last ten years. I would highly recommend Ms. Arsenault to any business or developer needing expertise in complex contractual negotiations, detailed review, expert advice, as well as First Nations work. Ms. Arsenault has consistently impressed us with her speed, thoroughness, and dedication to our company as a whole. She looks out for our best interests and makes sure that we are informed to the highest degree possible. Troika is pleased to have Pushor Mitchell and Ms. Arsenault working with us on some of our largest files and largest developments. They are an incredible team that look after their clients.Renee WasylykTroika Group
Sun Rivers chose Theresa Arsenault of Pushor Mitchell as our Corporate Lawyer due to her expertise in the area of First Nations transactions and development, as well as her knowledge and experience in general corporate law and contracts. Her advice during negotiation and drafting of our agreements with the Kamloops Indian Band and in dealing with issues arising during our development stage has been invaluable. Theresa has also provided assistance and advice in general corporate matters. Her practical approach to dealing with complex matters is very much appreciated. Personally I have worked with Theresa since 1990 and have always found her ready to provide support when needed and her advice to be concise and reliable. We have also used the services of a number of other lawyers at Pushor Mitchell in the areas of employment law, trademarks, construction, and income tax. In all cases, the lawyers and staff of Pushor Mitchell have provided excellent advice and service. I would highly recommend Theresa Arsenault and the firm of Pushor Mitchell to anyone seeking expert legal advice.Rick Siemens, CEOSun Rivers Limited Partnership
Watermark Developments Ltd.
Theresa Arsenault, QC and her team have assisted Watermark through several developments, in the City of Kelowna, over the past 15 years. Theresa has provided us with prudent advice in the preparation and registration of land subdivisions, including the numerous easements, covenants, Rights-of-Way and other encumbrances that form part of land development. She has been instrumental in guiding us through laws, rules and regulations associated with a strata development, from the initial preparation of the detailed Disclosure Statement to Marketing documents. Most valuable has been Theresa's strategic advice to deal with the various levels of government and approving authorities to see a development completed in a timely manner. Watermark appreciates Theresa and her team's expediency, attention to detail and service oriented response to any questions we bring forward. We highly recommend Theresa for all real estate matters.John HertayWatermark Developments Ltd.
Kettle Valley Holdings Ltd.
I would like to commend Theresa Arsenault and her staff at Pushor Mitchell for the excellent legal services they provided us in connection with the servicing and registration of our new "The Highlands at Kettle Valley" subdivision. Theresa and her staff's substantive knowledge and expertise in the field of real estate planning have proven to be invaluable to our company. I am a firm believer in building business relationships with folks that help make you successful. We have been working with Theresa and her team since 2007 for various legal matters. Knowledge and seasoned experience along with professionalism, integrity, enthusiasm and responsiveness are what you would expect from a good law firm and Theresa and her team has exceeded those expectations. What I didn't expect though, was a team of people that truly enjoy working with each other. You get a sense that everyone is on the same page which in turn enhances the efficiency of what they do best, and that is serving their clients. We look forward to many more years of working together with Theresa and her team at Pushor Mitchell Lawyers and Trade-Mark Agents.Stephen Wells, President and General Manager of Land Development and Land SalesKettle Valley Holdings Ltd.