Robert T. Housman

Robert Housman

Partner, Real Estate

Key Contact: Municipal, Land Use Planning & Development

Contact Information

tel: 403.260.7043



Bar Admission

Alberta, 1997


  • University of Alberta, LL.B.



We are saddened to share that Robert Housman passed away on October 7, 2021. More information is available here.

Robert Housman is a partner in Osler’s Real Estate Practice Group.

He has extensive experience in acquisition, development, financing, leasing and sale of commercial real estate, including office towers and industrial, shopping centre and condominium properties.

Robert’s practice also involves joint venture, co-ownership, shareholder and general and limited partnership structures and related reorganizations and general corporate matters.

    • Calgary Municipal Land Corporation in the $80 million parkade and Platform Innovation Centre
    • 2223890 Alberta Ltd. in its $195 million go-private transaction with Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc.
    • Skyline Commercial REIT in its acquisition of a four-property industrial portfolio
    • Calgary Municipal Land Corporation in connection with the $590 million Calgary Event Centre
    • Calgary Municipal Land Corporation in connection with $500 million BMO Conference Centre Expansion with Calgary Stampede and the City of Calgary.
    • Acquisition, development, bond financing and strata subdivision of The Bow, a 58-storey tower in Calgary, Alberta
    • Acquisition of downtown Calgary site for Oxford’s proposed 60+ storey office tower and response to development and leasing RFP
    • Financing co-owner’s interest in South Centre Mall and Tower, Calgary
    • Alberta counsel to RBC financing co-owner’s interest in Eighth Avenue Place
    • Disposition of undivided 50% interest in Scotia Centre, Calgary
    • Extensive commercial leasing and development agreements
    • Master agreement for double-wing butterfly corporate division of commercial real estate portfolio
    • Portfolio and other acquisitions for Retrocom REIT, Whiterock REIT and Cominar REIT
    • Acquisition, development, financing and earn-out structured disposition to Artis REIT of shopping centre
    • + 15 pedestrian bridge agreements in downtown Calgary including to The Bow, Scotia Tower, Watermark Tower and Gulf Canada Square
    • CDPQ financing of Watermark Tower and 8th & 8th in downtown Calgary
    • Development, leasing and sale of commercial condominium developments in Calgary including 40 Sunpark Plaza and Mission Commercial Centre

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Real Estate (Alberta)
    • “Over the last decade, he’s matured into a top legal mind. His depth of knowledge just blows me away.”
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Property Leasing 
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Real Estate Law; Commercial Leasing Law; "Lawyer of the Year", Commercial Leasing Law (2020)
  • Acritas Stars: Recognized as a Star Lawyer

  • Foothills Swim Association / UCSC Board of Directors and pro-bono work 2014-2015

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association, Commercial Real Estate Subsection

  • Tenant Transfers:Navigating the world of subleasing, assignment and lease takeovers, Calgary Leasing Conference, Panel Member, Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, June 2, 2015.