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John H. Shevchuk

Associate Counsel

Tel: (604) 689-1024
Fax: (604) 689-1028
johnshevchuk@lexpacifica.com

Professional Biography

John was admitted to the practice of law in British Columbia in 1984. In 1989, he became a Chartered Arbitrator.

John spent the early years of his career as an associate and then a partner in a corporate commercial law firm located in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Between 1990 and 1994, he was a partner in one of Canada's national firms at its Vancouver office. In 1994, he formed his own litigation boutique adopting the name Lex Pacifica Law Corporation in 2002. In 2020, John transitioned to Associate Counsel at Lex Pacifica Law Corporation.

As legal counsel John has appeared at all levels of courts in British Columbia and in many administrative and arbitral tribunals. The focus of his counsel work is real property assessment and taxation, expropriation, construction, and other real property related litigation.

As a Chartered Arbitrator, John provides arbitral services in commercial lease, property purchase tax and other real property disputes. He also acts as an arbitrator in construction disputes.

John has served on the Appraisal Institute of Canada Appeal Sub-Committee since 2007. He is a frequent presenter at the Institute’s conferences and is a regular contributor to the Institute’s publication Canadian Property Valuation. John was award the designation AACI (Hon.) by the Institute in 2021 for his contributions to the real property valuation community.

Over the years, John has been a frequent presenter for such organizations as BC Continuing Legal Education, BC Expropriation Association, Canadian Property Tax Association and International Association of Assessing Officers.


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Professional Designations/Affiliations

  • Law Society of British Columbia - Barrister & Solicitor (Since 1984)
  • ADR Institute of Canada - Chartered Arbitrator
  • Appraisal Institute of Canada - AACI (Hon.)
  • Appraisal Institute of Canada - Associate Member/Appeals Committee Member
  • Appraisal Institute (U.S.) - Member
  • Association of Canadian Assessors' Counsel - Founding Member
  • British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute - Member
  • British Columbia Expropriation Association - Member
  • Canadian Property Tax Association - Member
  • International Association of Assessment Officers - Associate Member
  • Real Estate Institute of British Columbia - Professional Member

Educational Background

  • 1983 - University of British Columbia - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1982 - University of British Columbia - Bachelor of Commerce Degree

Publications & Seminars

  • Alberta Assessors Association - 48th Annual Conference
    Presenter: Hotel/Motel Valuation Guide
  • Alberta Municipal Government Board
    Presenter: Valuation of Special Purpose Properties
  • Appraisal Institute of Canada: Dawson Creek
    Instructor: Expert Witness Seminar for Appraisers
  • Appraisal Institute of Canada: Educational Seminar
    Lecturer: Aboriginal Lands Real Property Assessment and Taxation
  • Appraisal Institute of Canada: Lower Mainland
    Instructor: Expert Witness Seminar for Appraisers
  • Appraisal Institute of Canada: National Conference
    Presenter: Special Purpose Properties: A Legal Perspective
  • Association of Canadian Assessors' Counsel: Inaugural Conference
    Organizer
    Presenter: Assessment Regimes in Canada
  • Association of Canadian Assessors' Counsel Conference
    Organizer
    Moderator: Aspects of Depreciation
    Presenter: Solicitor-Client Privilege in a Government Context
  • Association of Canadian Assessors' Counsel Conference
    Organizer
    Moderator: Valuation and Classification Issues
    Presenter: Legal Ethics and Advising Assessment Authorities
  • British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
    Instructor: Rendering Arbitral Awards
  • British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
    Instructor: Law of Evidence
  • British Columbia Expropriation Association Annual Seminar
    Presenter: Highest and Best Use - A Legal Perspective
  • Canadian Property Tax Association: BC Chapter
    Presenter: Effective Communications Before the Property Assessment Appeal Board
  • Canadian Property Tax Association: National Valuation/Legal Symposium
    Presenter: British Columbia Legal Update
  • Canadian Property Tax Association: National Workshop
    Presenter: Cross Canada Law Panel Speaker
  • Canadian Property Tax Association: National Workshop
    Presenter: Unencumbered Fee Simple Assessment
  • Canadian Property Tax Association: Valuation Seminar
    Presenter: Valuing Restricted Properties
  • Continuing Legal Education: Discovery Practice in British Columbia
    Discovery Practice Panel
  • Continuing Legal Education: Judicial Review
    Course Organizer
    Presenter
  • Continuing Legal Education: Judicial Review and Administrative Law
    Co-chair
    Presenter
  • Continuing Legal Education: Real Property Assessment
    Organizer
    Presenter: Local Government Issues
  • Continuing Legal Education: Real Property Assessment
    Organizer
    Presenter: Stated Cases: Procedural and Substantive Issues
  • Continuing Legal Education: Real Property Assessment Manual
    Editorial Board (2008 - 2012)
    Contributor:
    • Practice and Procedure Before the Property Assessment Appeal Board
    • Assessable Property
    • Classification
    • Exemption
    • Valuation
  • International Association of Assessment Officers
    Presenter: 30th Annual Legal Seminar
    Obstacles in Ad Valorem Assessment of Going Concern Properties
  • International Property Tax Institute: Valuation Symposium
    Presenter: Inextricably Intertwined Assets
  • International Property Tax Institute: Mass Appraisal Symposium
    Presenter: Confidentiality and Privilege in Assessment
  • Lorman Education Services: Property Assessment in British Columbia
    Presenter
  • Province of Alberta - Municipal Affairs
    Co-Author: Commercial Properties Valuation Guide
  • Province of Alberta - Municipal Affairs
    Co-Author: Hotel/Motel Valuation Guide
  • Client Seminar Series: Construction Tendering Law
  • Construction Tendering Law Post-Tercon
  • Professional Responsibility for Engineers
  • Expert Witness/Advocate Training in Real Property Assessment
  • Builders Liens: Holdback and Payment Certifier Issues (with John A. McLachlan)