Ryan N. Howe*


Ryan Howe is a lawyer in the firm’s Business Law Group and a member of the following practice groups: Corporate / Commercial, Mergers + Acquisitions, Corporate Finance + Securities, Wills, Estates + Trusts, Franchise, Cannabis and Real Estate.

Representative Experience

Ryan’s focus is providing private business owners of all shapes and sizes with legal solutions for themselves, their families, and their businesses. From advising newly accredited professionals starting their practice to the seasoned entrepreneur, Ryan’s multi-disciplinary practice allows him to assist and advise his clients across the gamut of their legal needs.

He takes pride in building, maintaining and reinforcing long-term relationships with his clients and their referrals, while facilitating business growth for his clients through cross-referrals and guided access to his extensive network.

His clientele appreciates the efficiencies associated with having a trusted advisor who can protect their interests across the full spectrum of legal and non-legal scenarios.

Professional + Community Affiliations


Publications + Presentations

  • November 15, 2018, “PD NEXUS: Public Practice Insights: Buying, Selling or Transitioning your Small Firm”, CPABC, Speaker
  • November 15, 2018, “EO Vancouver and Vancouver Island Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Competition”, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Judge
  • October 13, 2018, Wealth Management: Investment, Retirement and Estate Planning”, CPA of BC Burnaby/New Westminister Chapter, Speaker
  • February 2, 2018, “Raibex Canada Ltd. v. ASWR Franchising Corp.: A Victory for Franchisors”, AHBL Business Law Blog, Author
  • October 26, 2017, “Subject to good faith: Real estate vendors may not rely on discretionary conditions as a basis for accepting competing offers” AHBL Business Law Blog, Author
  • April 11, 2017, “Discretionary Powers and the Duty of Good Faith”, AHBL Business Law Blog, Author
  • April 4, 2017, “Buying and Selling a Business”, Business in Vancouver – Business Excellence Series, Speaker
  • January 12, 2017, “A Tale of Two Wills: When and Why Dual Wills are an Effective Estate Planning Tool”, AHBL Wills + Estates Blog, Author
  • November 16, 2016, “Understanding Digital Assets”, Estate Planning Council of Abbotsford, Speaker
  • November 4, 2016, “Legal Update 2016: Corporate and Personal Issues for Physicians”, BC Podiatric Medical Association, Speaker
  • October 25, 2016, “Assisting accountants, practice sharing & successor arrangements” CPA Practitioners’ Potluck, Speaker
  • June 22, 2016,“Death in the Cloud”, TELUS Optik Local, Speaker
  • January 9, 2016, “Estate Planning for Professionals and Business Owners”, CPA of BC Burnaby/ New Westminster Chapter, Speaker
  • April 23, 2015, “Legal Topics Facing Physicians”, UBC Obstetrics & Gynecology Resident Education Retreat, Speaker
  • April 10, 2015, “Left out in the cold: Estate freezes and shareholder oppression”, AHBL Business Law Blog, Author
  • February 7, 2015, ”Wills and Estates”, CPA of BC Burnaby/New Westminster Chapter, Speaker
  • October 28, 2014, “Understanding Digital Assets”, Estate Planning Council of Vancouver, Speaker
  • August 22, 2014, “Have you planned for your digital legacy?”, AHBL Wills + Estates Law Blog, Author
  • February 20, 2014, “How Managers must act for stratas with sections”, Canadian Property Management, Co-Author
  • October 29, 2013, “Survivorship Under The WESA”, Pacific Business Law Institute, Speaker
  • August 28, 2013, “Wills and Estates Update – Notaries, Trusts and Probate”, AHBL Wills + Estates Law Blog, Author
  • August 1, 2013, “Proxies, private companies and the BC Business Corporations Act”, AHBL Business Law Blog, Author
  • December 6, 2012, “Digital Legacies: Electronic and Other Intangible Assets of the Estate in the Digital Age”, Pacific Business Law Institute, Speaker
  • December 2, 2012, “Update: Changes to the Canadian Registry of Vessels”, AHBL Business Law Blog, Author
  • October 2012, “How to Safeguard the Assets of an Estate”, AHBL Wills + Estates Law Blog, Author
  • August 2012, “Understanding title Searches: Undersurface Rights”, vLex, Author
  • August 2012, “Executors and Electronic Assets of the Estate”, AHBL Wills + Estates Law Blog, Author
  • August 2012, “Storing and Protecting Your Estate Planning Documents”, AHBL Wills + Estates Law Blog, Author
  • October 2011, “Property Rights in Domain Names”, Intellectual Property & Technology Practice, Co-Author

On A Personal Note

Ryan grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, and spent three years in Auckland, New Zealand in the early 90’s developing a love for rugby and lamb burgers.

In his previous lives, Ryan was a video game Quality Assurance tester, filmmaker and part-owner in a film company and played both rugby and football for the UBC Thunderbirds.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys golfing, playing squash and tennis, tasting new scotches and craft beer with old friends, and spending time with his lovely wife and their beagle.

Direct Line: 604 484 1740
Facsimile: 604 484 9740
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Assistant: Kathryn Spencer-Sellam
Direct Line: 604 643 2146
Email: ksellam@nullahbl.ca

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