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About Chris

Christopher is an Associate with the Blakes Restructuring and Insolvency group.  Christopher works in all areas of corporate insolvency with a focus on complex reorganizations and receiverships, insolvency litigation, and cross-border mandates. Christopher acts for lenders, debtors and court officers.

Prior to joining Blakes, Christopher worked with a national turnaround and restructuring strategy group where he worked as a vice president and senior director.  In that role, Christopher worked primarily on corporate engagements and has acted as a financial advisor, a CCAA monitor, a trustee in bankruptcy, and as both a private and court-appointed receiver.

In addition to being a practising lawyer, Christopher is a chartered insolvency and restructuring professional (CIRP) and a licensed insolvency trustee (LIT).

Select Experience

Select public matters in which Christopher has been involved include acting for:

  • The senior secured lender in the court-appointed receivership proceedings of Genesis Integration Inc. and Fusion Cine Sales & Rentals Inc. (audiovisual equipment sales and rentals)

  • The senior secured lender in the cross-border CCAA/Chapter 11 proceedings and sale of Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation et. al (manufacturing)

  • The purchaser in connection with the court-appointed receivership proceedings of Kivuto Solutions Inc. (information technology)

  • The debtors in the cross-border CCAA/Chapter 11 proceedings and sale of DCL Group (manufacturing)

  • The court-appointed information officer in the cross-border recognition proceedings for Voyager Digital (cryptocurrency)

  • LTL Management LLC in connection with its cross-border recognition proceedings (pharmaceutical/mass tort)

  • An undisclosed syndicate of lenders, as their financial advisor, with secured debt in excess of C$50-million (oil and gas services)

  • North American Lamb Company as its court-appointed monitor (agriculture)

  • Kaisen Energy Corp. as its court-appointed monitor (oil and gas)

  • BOS Solutions Ltd., BOS Solutions Inc., BOS LeaseCo LLC, BOS Solutions Real Estate Inc. and BOS USHoldCo Inc. as their court-appointed receiver and foreign representative in cross-border proceedings (receivership/Chapter 15) (oil and gas services and environmental solutions)

  • Quadriga Fintech Solutions Corp., Whiteside Capital Corporation and 0984750 B.C. Ltd. as their court-appointed monitor and trustee in bankruptcy (cryptocurrency)

Awards & Recognition

Christopher is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publication:

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada 2024 (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law)

While attending law school, Christopher was awarded the Faculty of Law Leadership Award, the GO Forsyth law prize for Scholarship and Character, and the Schulich School of Law Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Community Service.

Professional Activities

In addition to being a member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, Christopher is a member of The Advocates' Society, the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta), CPHR Canada, and the Risk Management Association (Alberta Chapter).

Publications
Professional Appearances
  • Panellist : Crypto Insolvencies and Beyond: The Fallout of the Bust
    2023 Northwest Chapter Cross-Border Conference, Seattle, Washington, October 26, 2023.
  • Instructor : Introduction to Business Law (MGMT 3230)
    Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, September–December 2023.
  • Speaker : Introduction to Insolvency Proceedings and Bankruptcy Administration
    Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, CNIE–Tutorial 2023, King City, Ontario, June 22, 2023.
  • Panellist : Roles And Responsibilities Of Directors In Insolvency
    Legal Education Society of Alberta, On-Demand Program, March 15, 2023.
  • Member : Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference
    Annual Review of Insolvency Law, Calgary, Alberta, February 3, 2023.
  • Panel Moderator : The Rise of the Litigation Trustee and Litigation Funding in Canadian Insolvency Proceedings
    Annual Review of Insolvency Law Podcast, January 13, 2023.
Education
Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 2023
Designated as a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional – 2018
MBA, Saint Mary's University – 2016
Admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar – 2014
JD (Business Law Specialization), Dalhousie University – 2013
Certified as a Professional in Human Resources – 2012
BComm (Finance), Dalhousie University – 2010
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