For over 30 years Yellowhead Road & Bridge has grown from a local dream into the largest highway maintenance company in BC. Jan Christiansen paved the legal way from the start and continues to work with this employee owned business.
That’s just one of the many success stories in Jan’s career in the law, like the time he helped resolve a complex shareholder issue between family members throughout an 85-day trial. No wonder he has been one of Prince George’s business lawyers of choice for more than three decades. He has appeared at every level of court, including the BC Court of Appeals and the Tax Court of Canada, while representing his diverse clientele.
The Law Society of BC appointed Jan in 2014 to their Law Firm Regulation Task Force, and in 2013 Jan was appointed a member and director of the BC Law Institute for a three year term.
His professionalism spills over into his hobbies. He not only supports the Prince George Community Foundation, but he was one of their founding members and put his legal expertise towards the startup of this now formidable economic driver of the region.
This is a place he’s called home most of his adult life. He was born in Denmark, moved as a child to North Vancouver with his family, and now he and wife Suzanne Jackson have three grown children of their own, plus their Labradoodle named Asher.
When he’s not walking Asher, you can find Jan reading about history and economics, or working on some computer programming. His affinity for math could have led him down another career path, since, as an undergraduate student and throughout law school, he worked for a professor on mathematics research. Jan co-authored five published research papers on the subject.
The law was a better equation for him, though, and he calculated Prince George and HSJ into his permanent plans.