Churyl Elgart



Churyl runs a land development and expropriation practice. She advises developers, individuals and municipal boards on a wide range of related matters. Churyl appears at hearings and mediations; drafts bylaws, policies, statutory plans, and decisions; provides input on drawings; and negotiates agreements and settlements.

Churyl is known for incisive, to-the-point writing and presentations. She is highly collaborative with clients, consultants, and other parties, often finding common ground and developing creative solutions.

In Ontario, Churyl articled with the Regional Municipality of Peel and worked with the Federal Department of Justice, Regulatory Law in the Class Actions Group.

In Alberta, she joined a regional firm as a municipal and administrative law research associate, and then ran a solo practice contracting to municipal and class actions law firms for five years. Churyl added expropriations to her practice when she joined BLG in 2013.


  • Intermunicipal dispute hearing in which the Municipal Government Board suspended all development in the Area Structure Plan, save for client’s project.
  • Cannabis store permit applications, appeals, and related lease and transfer issues in Calgary and across Alberta.
  • Controversial assisted living development permit appeal; development set to open in 2019.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, BILD Calgary
  • Member, CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women).
  • Alberta Expropriation Association Member, 2018 President, 2016 and 2017 Vice-President (South), 2015 Auditor
  • Vice-Chair, Municipal Section (South), Alberta Branch Member, 2013-2017 Secretary, 2018-present, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Section (South), Alberta Branch, Canadian Bar Association.
  • Co-Chair, Alberta Municipal Legal Advisors Conference, 2017. Member, Congress for the New Urbanism, 2015-present.
  • Member, Congress for the New Urbanism, 2015-present.
  • Volunteer Evaluator, CPLED Interviewing and Advising Competency Evaluations, Legal Education Society of Alberta
  • Member, Urban Land Institute, 2016-2018

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2018) of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use: Alberta)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 2004
  • British Columbia, 2003
  • Ontario, 2000
  • LLB, University of Alberta, 1998
  • BA, University of Alberta, 1994