Chris represents provincial ministries, municipalities, and a wide range of private clients. He also acts as counsel to a number of professional organizations.

He appears regularly before the Ontario Municipal Board and other administrative tribunals, Councils and committees. He has appeared at every level of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Chris has authored many papers and is a frequent speaker on expropriation, land use planning and development, and issues relating to the regulation of professional organizations.

Christopher Tzekas specializes in administrative law and civil litigation, with an emphasis on municipal and expropriation law, land use planning and development, and the regulation of professional organizations.

Chris represents provincial ministries, municipalities, and a wide range of private clients. He also acts as counsel to a number of professional organizations.

He appears regularly before the Ontario Municipal Board and other administrative tribunals, Councils and committees. He has appeared at every level of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Chris has authored many papers and is a frequent speaker on expropriation, land use planning and development, and issues relating to the regulation of professional organizations.

Reported Cases

The following are examples of the reported cases in which Chris has appeared as counsel or co-counsel.

Expropriation

Hamilton (City) v. Lax (1992), 47 L.C.R. 84 (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.)).

Funshine Investments Ltd. v. Ontario (Ministry of Transportation and Communications) (1986), 35 L.C.R. 52 (O.M.B.), (1986), 18 O.M.B.R. 451, (1987), 38 L.C.R. 26 (Ont. Div. Ct.), (1988), 61 O.R. (2d) 712 (1988), 25 O.A.C. 282 (C.A.); Eat ‘N Putt Ltd. v. Ontario (Ministry of Transportation and Communications) (1987), 37 L.C.R. 85 (O.M.B.); 377358 Ontario Ltd. v. Ontario (Ministry of Transportation and Communications) (1986), 35 L.C.R. 77 (O.M.B.).

Re Toronto Area Transit Operating Authority and Thomson Lumber and Building Materials (1984), 47 O.R. (2d) 668 (Ont. Div. Ct.); [leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal denied].

Chappell et al. v. Ministry of Government Services (1984), 28 L.C.R. 182 (O.M.B.), 12 O.A.C. 297 (Ont. Div. Ct.), (1986), 34 L.C.R. 207 (C.A.); [settled, pending application for leave to appeal to the SCC].

Canada Trust Co. v. City of London (1982), 24 L.C.R. 247 (L.C.B.), (1983), 27 L.C.R. 97 (Ont. Div. Ct.); [leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal granted; appeal settled].

Administrative & Municipal

Enns re: Carling (Township) (2015), 82 O.M.B.R. I (O.M.B.)

St. Mary's Cement Inc. (Canada) v. Ontario (Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing) (2013) 2 M.P.L.R. (5th) 46 (Ont. Div. Ct.).

James Dick Construction v Caledon (Town) (2011), 66 O.M.B.R. 263 (OMB)

Ontario Private Campground Assn. v. Georgian Bay (Township) (2000), 12 M.P.L.R. 281 (Ont. S.C.J.).

Toronto v. McIlroy (1998), 48 M.P.L.R. (2d) 146 (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.)).

Doucette v. City of Waterloo, et al. (1997), 32 O.R. (3d) 502 (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.)); (1997), 40 M.P.L.R. (2d) 1 (Ont. Div. Ct.).

Friends of McNichol Park v. Corp. of the City of Burlington, et al. (1996), 33 M.P.L.R. (2d) 198 (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.)); (1996), 31 O.R. (3d) 405 (Div. Ct.).

NSP Investments Ltd. v. Ontario (Joint Board) (1990), 72 O.R. (2d) 379, 43 L.C.R. 81, 4 C.E.L.R. (N.S.) 279 (Div. Ct.).

McLear v. Mason (1989), 65 O.R. (2d) 228, 39 M.P.L.R. 111 (H.C.J.).

Re DiCenzo Construction Co. Ltd. and Regional Assessment Commissioner, Region No. 19, et al. (1988), 63 O.R. (2d) 351, 37 M.P.L.R. 298 (Ont. Div. Ct.).

Re Wentworth Condominium Corp. No. 46 et al. and Regional Assessment Officer, Region No. 19 (1986), 54 O.R. (2d) 642 (H.C.J.), (1987), 33 M.P.L.R. 75 (H.C.J.).

Re Proposed Transmission Plan of Ontario Hydro for Southwestern Ontario (1987), 1 C.E.L.R. (J.B.) 261.

Westlake v. Corporation of the Town of Caledon (1986), 12 O.A.C. 178 (Ont. Div. Ct.).

Central Ontario Coalition Concerning Hydro Transmission Systems, et al. v. Ontario Hydro, et al. (1984), 46 O.R. (2d) 715, 10 D.L.R. (4th) 341, 16 O.M.B.R. 172, 27 M.P.L.R. 165 (Ont. Div. Ct.).

Re Regional Assessment Commissioner, Region No. 18, et al. and Hudson's Bay Company (1983), 42 O.R. (2d) 436 (C.A.).

Other Areas of Law

Hill v. Church of Scientology of Toronto, [1995] 2 S.C.R. 1130; 24 O.R. (3d) 866 (S.C.C.).

Botiuk v. Toronto Free Press Publications Ltd. et al. (1986), 56 O.R. (2d) 184 (Master); [1995] 3 S.C.R. 3, 126 D.L.R. (4th) 609 (S.C.C.).

Publications

Acquiring Land for a Municipal Infrastructure Project", 2014 Lexpert/ALM 500 Directory, October 2014 (with Bradley McLellan and Sean Foran)

"Acquiring Land for a Municipal Infrastructure Project", 2014 Lexpert/Americal Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Laweyers in Canada, January 2014

"Dealerships in the age of new urbanism", Canadian AutoWorld, December 2013

"Toronto Lobbyist Rules – A New Way of Doing Business", WeirFoulds LLP Government Update - Summer 2008, June 2008


Speaking Engagements

The following are recent examples of Chris' many speaking engagements.

Speaker, " 'A Rose by Any Other Name...' Understanding the 'Scheme' and its Implications on Value", International Right of Way Association, October 16, 2014

Speaker, "The Planning Process: Simplified or Not?", Association of Municipalities of Ontario Annual Conference, August 19, 2013

Speaker, "Assessing the Reasonableness of Costs" Ontario Expropriation Association's Annual Fall Seminar, October 26, 2012

Speaker, "Costs in Expropriation Matters", Ontario Expropriation Association/Ontario Municipal Board Educational Seminar, January 16, 2012

Panelist, "Real Property Law: The A, B, C's of Expropriation", The Canadian Bar Association, November 2011

Co-Chair, "Provincial/Municipal Government Liability", The Canadian Institute, Cross-Canada Coverage of the Most Critical Issues for 2009, February 2009.

"Recent Developments in Expropriation Law", Ontario Expropriation Association, October 2008.

"Annual Case Update," Ontario Expropriation Association, October 2007.

"Damages in Defamation Cases," Law Society of Upper Canada, Remedies and Damages: Are You Getting the Most for Your Clients?, March 2007.

"Annual Case Update," Ontario Expropriation Association, October 2006.

"Adjudicating, Decision-Making and Decision-Writing", The Canadian Institute, Advanced Administrative Law & Practice: Key Updates in Adjudicative & Investigative Areas, October 2005.

"Recent Cases of Interest," International Right-of-way Association, November 2004.

Awards & Recognition

Recognized in the 2016 Lexpert® Directory Special Edition - Infrastructure

Recognized as a leading practitioner in Expropriation Law and Real Estate Law in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada

Recognized as a leading practitioner in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in 2015 Lexpert® Special Edition – Infrastructure 

Recognized as a leading practitioner in Real Estate Law in Best Lawyers® in Canada 

Professional Activities

Ontario Expropriation Association (Past President)

Hellenic Canadian Lawyers' Association (Past President)

Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association

Ontario Bar Association

Toronto Lawyers Association

The Advocates' Society

Community Involvement

Member: Greek Orthodox Metropolis Board of Directors

Counsel: Hellenic Home for the Aged, Inc.

Partner

Toronto
Direct 416.947.5039
Fax 416.365.1876
ctzekas@weirfoulds.com

Practice Areas

Expropriation

Administrative Law and Litigation

Land Use Planning and Development

 

Called to the Bar
Ontario (1979)
Education
University of Toronto
LL.B. 1977

Awards & Recognition

Recognized in the 2016 Lexpert® Directory Special Edition - Infrastructure

Recognized as a leading practitioner in Expropriation Law and Real Estate Law in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada

Recognized as a leading practitioner in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in 2015 Lexpert® Special Edition – Infrastructure 

Recognized as a leading practitioner in Real Estate Law in Best Lawyers® in Canada 
Professional Activities

Ontario Expropriation Association (Past President)

Hellenic Canadian Lawyers' Association (Past President)

Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association

Ontario Bar Association

Toronto Lawyers Association

The Advocates' Society

Community Involvement

Member: Greek Orthodox Metropolis Board of Directors

Counsel: Hellenic Home for the Aged, Inc.

Called to the Bar

Ontario (1979)

Education

University of Toronto
LL.B. 1977