Surface Rights Legal Assistant

Brian was born in Grande Prairie in and grew up on a mixed farm (purebred cattle and grain) near the hamlet of La Glace in the County of Grande Prairie. He has a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta and taught school while assisting on the family farm for 9 years. Brian then farmed full time for 15 years and then started working for Darryl Carter and Company in the fall of 2006. In November 2015, Brian decided to transition with Darryl when Darryl Carter and Company merged with SGB Law LLP, which then later merged into Stringam LLP in 2016.

Darryl Carter had acted on Brian’s behalf in his dealings with the oil and gas industry, power transmission companies, and local government’s land acquisitions since the time he became a landowner. Those dealing included working through the various regulatory and compensation processes available to landowners at both the provincial and federal levels.

In the fall of 2006, he decided to step away from actively farming on his own and he rented out his farm land. Shortly thereafter, he began working as an assistant to Darryl in the Surface Rights area of his law practice. The experience he had gained over the years in dealing with his own Surface Rights matters as a client and the experience he had growing up and operating a family farm gives him a good understanding of many of the concerns that landowners have when they are faced with surface rights acquisition proposals and the options that are open to them.

Brian’s role often begins by talking to landowners when they make initial inquiries with respect to what a company has proposed on their land, their concerns with these proposals, and their rights as a landowner. He provides them with answers to some of the basic questions about their rights and the role Stringam would play if they choose to retain our services. From that point on, Brian assists Darryl in various aspects of the dealings between the client and the company.

Brian is a strong believer that our land needs to be protected for future generations and landowners should be treated fairly by the industries that impact their lands.

  • Married
  • Still living on the family farm.
  • 3 children all currently in University
  • Avid golfer and skier.
  • Long-serving hockey and baseball coach. (Retired!)
  • Past Board Member of the local Agricultural Society.
  • Member of the local Volunteer Fire Dept. (Retired)

Articles by Brian Fast