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BA, McGill (1965)
Barrister, ICSL, London (1968)
Called to the Bar, England (1968)
LLM, UCL (1970)
PhD, UCL (1975)
Called to the B.C. Bar (1976)
  • Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Canadian Maritime Law Association
  • Penticton District Bar Association
  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • Honorary Director, West Coast Environmental Law Association

Chris Harvey, Q.C., was born and raised in British Columbia. He took his legal education in London, England, where he practised as a barrister from 1968 until his return to Canada in 1975. Chris was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1976 and practised with Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken) before becoming associate counsel with MacKenzie Fujisawa in 2003. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990.

Chris specializes in civil and regulatory litigation. His wide-ranging practice includes environmental and regulatory law, aboriginal, aviation, product liability, marine, fisheries, defamation, commercial, constitutional and trade-related litigation. Chris has appeared as counsel in courts and tribunals throughout Canada and in arbitrations in the United States, Canada and England.

Chris’ appellate practice in the Federal Court of Appeal, BC Court of Appeal, Alberta Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada has included issues related to the Charter of Rights, Aboriginal governance, aviation and marine insurance and cases concerning agricultural marketing and other regulatory schemes. He occasionally sits as a single arbitrator or as chair of a panel of arbitrators.

Chris devotes a significant amount of his time to volunteer community work and pro bono professional work. He has served in leadership roles with Scouts Canada, various youth sports organizations, and environmental and land trust organizations. From 2008 to 2013, he was the editor of the Advocate, a magazine published six times a year by the Vancouver Bar Association. Most recently, Chris was nominated by his peers for inclusion in the sixth edition of the Best Lawyers® list for Canada in the practice area of Transportation Law.

Chris has served as a nominee of the Federal Minister of Justice on the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee for British Columbia and is a member of the Advisory Board of OceanCanada Partnership. He lives in Penticton and regularly appears in courts throughout the province.


  • Fipke v. Kelowna, 2022 BCSC [challenge to lakeside development project]
  • Singer v. Willows, 2022 BCSC 241 [lakeside property encroachment dispute]
  • Mortifee v. British Columbia, 2022 BCSC [claim alleging failure to maintain a flume]
  • Hideaway II Ventures Ltd. v. Canada, 2021 BCSC 2361 [class action for loss of fishing rights]
  • Douglas Lake Cattle Company v. Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club, 2021 BCCA 99 [public access to lakes and fisheries]
  • MacKay v. Brookside Campsite Inc., 2021 BCSC 1304 [changes in stream causing flood damage]
  • Reference re Environmental Management Act (British Columbia), 2019 BCCA 181 [constitutionality of proposed natural gas pipeline legislation]
  • Wesley v. Canada, 2017 FC 725 [aboriginal challenge to liquefied natural gas project]


  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America


  • “Rex v. Joseph Sankey: Guilty Without a Shadow of a Doubt”, (2011) The Advocate 69: 675 and 855
  • “Entre Nous”, (May 2008 to September 2013) The Advocate [editorials on various subjects of interest to lawyers]
  • “From Pachina Bay to the Pribilofs to Paris: Protection for a Northern Mammal, Compensation for Nuu-Chah-Nulth Sealers and Knighthoods for Counsel”, May 1, 2014 (20 Club Paper)
  • “Who Owns the Foreshore?”, Fisherman Life, November 2007
  • “Le Needfulness de Eux Dispensera Ove le Noisomness del Smell: True or False”, (2004) The Advocate 62: 79-90
  • “The Fish Canneries Reference”, October 7, 2004
  • “Is Hecate Strait in British Columbia?”, Fisherman Life, February, 2002
  • “The Law of Salvage” (CLE paper)
  • “Public Benefit as a Defence to Nuisance”. 2001 (paper presented to 20 Club)
  • “Rylands v. Fletcher: An Effective Environmental Remedy, or a Dead Horse?,” March 21, 2001
  • “Where Federal Fisheries Jurisdiction Ends,” The Westcoast Fisherman, March, 2000
  • “Lord Denning – In Retrospect”, (1999) The Advocate
  • “Brokers Beware,” (1999) IJOSL 1-89
  • “The Alaska Boundary Dispute”, The Westcoast Fisherman, August 16, 1999
  • “The Abolition of the Public Right of Fishery Proposed by Bill C-62″, (1997) The Advocate 55: 527-35
  • “What Use is the Pacific Salmon Treaty?”, The Westcoast Fisherman, (1997): 31
  • “The Greatest Living Englishman”, (March 1996) The Advocate 54: 191-95
  • “Right to Quality of Water Under the Water Act and Related Water Issues”, Law Reform for Sustainable Development in British Columbia, 1997, 186-193
  • “Reflections on GATT, NAFTA and the Corn Laws”, (1994) The Advocate 52: 201
  • “Environmental Clean Up Costs and Damages: The Common Law”, (1992) The Advocate
  • “The Right To Fish”, May 7, 1991
  • “Arbitrating Fraud Claims: Can a Party to a Fraud Case have his Day in Court?”, International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators, September 1991
  • “Maritime Arbitration in Canada”, 1990, Vol. 14, Tulane Maritime Law Journal, p. 273
  • “Riparian Water Rights”, (1990) The Advocate
  • “The Hull Claim”, published in “Maritime Law – Third International Conference”, Pacific Northwest Admiralty Law Institute, 1986, Chapter 5
  • “The Law Relating to the Pollution of Rivers”, 1975 [PhD thesis]
  • “Economic Losses and Negligence”, 1972 Canadian Bar Review
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