Instructor, School of Business
Faculty of Business and Professional Studies
School of Business

604.986.1911 ext. 7163
Cedar Building, room CE370


Called to the BC Bar, 1983.

LLB, University of Ottawa, 1982.

MBA, University of British Columbia, 1974.

BA, University of British Columbia, 1972.

"My goal as an instructor of business law is to teach my students risk management skills so that they can learn how to avoid the legal pitfalls in the business world before falling into the pit."


Peter James Holden (MBA, University of British Columbia, 1974) studied to obtain his first two degrees from 1969 to 1974. He took a breather from his educational endeavours and worked for five years , primarily as a Special Assistant to Federal Cabinet Ministers in Ottawa. He then obtained his law degree from the University of Ottawa.

Holden returned to BC, attended to his Bar Admission exams and was called to the BC Bar in 1983. Since then he has practiced primarily corporate/commercial law and became a partner with the law firm of MacKay, Turlock and Holden in downtown Vancouver.

He began teaching par-time in the evenings at Capilano College, as it then was. He left the partnership and moved his law practice to his home. This move allowed him to practice law on a part-time basis and teach full-time.

Holden teaches primarily the Canadian Business Law I and II courses, and International Trade and Law, although he has taught Management 101 and Entrepreneurship, as well as the Risk Management course in Tourism.

Holden lives in Gibsons, B.C. with his wife, Kathleen, his two bright and beautiful daughters, Bridget and Alexandra, and a tree frog named Fogerty who lives in their barbeque.

I teach BADM 107, Canadian Business Law I, BADM 307, Canadian Business Law II, IBUS 340, International Trade and Law. I have taught BADM 101, Management and BADM 268, Entrepreneurship.

I have taught Entrepreneurship in the Executive MBA program at UBC and even taught International Trade Law at the Ho Chi Minh Open University in Vietnam.

Holden, Peter. Risky Business. Managing the Legal Risk in Business, Kathleen Stringer, 2018.

Holden, Peter. The Convergence of the World's Legal Systems is Commerce Driven, 2006.