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According to one client, Heather is "heavily experienced and knowledgeable in the insolvency and restructuring area. She has a tremendous record of acting successfully for us, and she understands business and is cost effective."

Benchmark Litigation 2017

Heather is a senior practitioner in the areas of banking and insolvency law, with an emphasis on large-scale insolvencies, restructurings and corporate work-outs with a particular focus on real estate insolvencies. She routinely represents institutional lenders, including the Bank of Montreal and HSBC Bank Canada, Trustees in Bankruptcy and Receivers. Heather also advises significant financial services clients with respect to insolvencies, realizations and the recovery of defaulted commercial loans. 

Heather has also had significant experience representing and advising companies in the process of restructuring under insolvency legislation. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the BC Insolvency Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the current National Chair of the National Insolvency Section and has published numerous papers and articles on insolvency topics.

Professional Activities

  • INSOL International, Member to organizations
  • International Woman’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, National Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Section, Immediate Past Chair
  • Canadian Bar Association, National Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Section, Chair
  • Canadian Bar Association, National Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Section, Former Vice Chair
  • Canadian Bar Association, National Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Section, Former Treasurer
  • Canadian Bar Association, Insolvency Sub-section, British Columbia Branch, Past Chair
  • Canadian Bar Association, Provincial and National Executive, Member
  • Canadian Commercial Insolvency Reporter, Co-Editor
  • Committee Member, Builders Lien Act Reform Project

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized as a Litigation Star for Insolvency litigation in British Columbia
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Insolvency and Financial Restructuring law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012: repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner for insolvency and financial restructuring
  • Corporate LiveWire: Insolvency Lawyer of the Year
  • Finance Monthly Law Awards 2018: Restructuring and Insolvency – Lawyer of the Year – Canada
  • Who’s Who Legal: recognized for Restructuring & Insolvency Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated

Experience

Experience

Heather has represented:

  • The group of pre-sale buyers in the Murrayville Development Receivership
  • The Board of Directors and the secured creditors in the Allarco Entertainment CCAA filing
  • Certain landlords in both the Target Canada and Sears Canada CCAA filings
  • Nature Flooring Industries in the BuildDirect CCAA proceeding 
  • A group of secured lenders in the League Asset CCAA filing
  • The purchaser in the TNW Networks Inc. Receivership  
  • Aviva Canada Inc. regarding the New Home Warranty Coverage on Millennium Southeast False Creek Properties Ltd.
  • Bank of Montreal in the receivership of Pointe of View Developments Ltd., a real estate development project in Squamish, BC
  • A&E Television during the CanWest Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”)
  • Bank of Montreal in the receivership of Holman Lang Vineyards
  • Crailar Technologies Inc. regarding their CCAA Restructuring 
  • The Bowra Group Inc. as Receiver-Managers regarding various real estate development projects including “Essencia Verde”, “King’s Legacy”, “The Mountaineer”, “The Sophia”, “Amadeo”, “Riverbend”, “Garden City Richmond” and “Chandler Homer Street”
  • Export Development Canada, Meckelborg Financial Group, Bank of Montreal and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada in relation to proceedings of secured lenders and investors, as well as through negotiations 
  • The Cliffs Over Maple Bay Ltd. during its CCAA restructuring concerning a residential development and PGA golf course
  • Edwards & Associating Logging Ltd. during its CCAA restructuring
  • K&D Logging Ltd. in its bid as a creditor company to purchase certain assets of Pope & Talbot Ltd., during P&T’s filing for protection under the CCAA and subsequent ongoing bankruptcy
  • Western Canadian Coal Corp. as purchaser of the assets of Pine Valley Mining Corporation during its restructuring under the CCAA
  • United Properties Limited during its restructuring under the CCAA
  • T-Mar Industries Ltd. who completed a successful restructuring under the CCAA
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., in its capacity as Judicial Trustee of Eron Mortgage Corporation
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., in its capacity as Monitor in the CCAA proceedings commenced by Global Light Communications Inc.
  • Campbell, Saunders Ltd. in its capacity as Judicial Trustee of Strategic Concepts Investment Trustee
  • Campbell, Saunders Ltd. as Receiver of Drury Management Pty Ltd., on the appointment of the Australian Securities Commission

News & Publications

News & Publications

Heather is a contributing author for the Advocate, Canadian Bar Review, Pacific Business & Law Institute and the Insolvency Reporter on various insolvency and bankruptcy topics.

Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • "Affidavit Secrets," The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, , October 16, 2017, Speaker
  • “Secrets from The Bench”, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, October 27, 2016, Co-Presenter
  • "Secrets of Chambers", The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, February 14, 2013, Lecturer
  • "Creditors’ Issues: Forbearance Agreements and Settlement Agreements", February 22, 2011, Lecturer
  • “Corporate Restructuring, A Canadian Perspective”, September 28, 2010, Lecturer
  • "Real Estate Development Insolvencies, a British Columbia Perspective", Kelowna, BC, February 5, 2010
  • "Sealing the Deal: Things to Consider when Contracting with Financially Distressed Companies", Practical Tips for Tough Economic Times Seminar, Vancouver, BC, May 20, 2009, Speaker
  • Canadian Bar Association National Pan-Canadian Insolvency Conference, 2008, Co-Chair
  • Commercial Insolvency and Restructuring Conference, INSIGHT, November 2008, Faculty
  • Conference faculty of Canadian Institute Advanced Insolvency Law & Practice Convention, Faulty of Pacific Business Law Institute on Trusts, Co-Chair
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Vancouver
t 604.631.9145
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Assistant Contact

  • Amanda Simister
  • Legal Assistant
  • T: 604.408.5364

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (1985)

Education

University of British Columbia (B.A., 1981)

University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1984)

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