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2021 Year in Review: Top Labour and Employment Trends CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers, 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members Lorenzo Lisi, Michael F. Horvat, Meghan A. Cowan and Jessica Schissler Jan 26, 2022 REGISTER Many of us hoped that 2021 would be...
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Jennifer Bishop Appointed to Davis Cup Committee Jennifer A. Bishop Jan 14, 2022 Congratulations to Jennifer Bishop, partner at Aird & Berlis and co-chair of the firm's Sports, Media & Entertainment Group, who has been appointed to the International Tennis Federation's Davis Cup Committee for the 2022-2023 term.
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Five Key Appellate Decisions of 2021 Steve J. Tenai and Simon Dugas Jan 11, 2022 We have highlighted five appellate decisions from 2021 that we believe will have a lasting impact on commercial disputes.
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Trees Corporation Completes Go Public Transaction Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Gary Volman, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Ryan Cohen, Al Turnbull, Barbara Worndl and Jeremy D. Burke Jan 11, 2022 On December 23, 2021, Trees Corporation, an independent retail cannabis operator, and 1287406 B.C. Ltd., a reporting issuer under the securities laws of the jurisdictions of Alberta and British Columbia, announced the closing of their business combination (the “Amalgamation”).
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Brendan O'Callaghan Brendan O'Callaghan Jan 10, 2022 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Brendan O'Callaghan has joined the firm as a partner in our Municipal and Land Use Planning Group and Expropriation Law Group.
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Nextleaf Solutions Ltd. Closes $3.1 Million Best Efforts Equity Financing Melanie Cole, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann, Christian Nianiaris, Barbara Worndl and Robert Santia Jan 07, 2022 On December 21, 2021, Nextleaf Solutions Ltd., a federally regulated producer of cannabis oil that distributes cannabis vapes and oils under its prohibition-era brand, Glacial GoldTM, completed a marketed public offering of units for total gross proceeds of $3,168,841.60.
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11th Annual IBA London Finance and Capital Markets Virtual Tax Conference Jack Bernstein, Francesco Gucciardo and Clifford Rand Jan 05, 2022 Jack Bernstein is pleased to be chairing the IBA Finance and Capital Markets Tax Conference for the 11th consecutive year. The six-day event, which kicks off on January 17 and runs until March 4, 2022, will be held virtually.
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Disclosure of Non-GAAP Financial Measures: A Practical Guide to National Instrument 52-112 Melanie Cole, Sean Green and Al Turnbull Jan 04, 2022 Public companies in Canada continue to utilize non-GAAP financial measures in their public disclosure documents as part of their financial communications strategy.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes Paula Boutis Paula Boutis Jan 04, 2022 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Paula Boutis has joined the firm as counsel to our Municipal and Land Use Planning Group and Environmental Law Group
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Workplace Law Year in Review (and Looking Ahead to 2022) Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Jessica Schissler Dec 31, 2021 2021 was a dizzying year for employers. The ever-changing nature of the pandemic required workplaces to continuously adapt to various government-imposed rules and regulations. In light of the surge of the Omicron variant, it remains to be seen what the next few months will look like. Regardless o...
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Angela Swan Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada Angela Swan Dec 29, 2021 Aird & Berlis is honoured to announce that Angela Swan has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
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TriMas Corporation Acquires TFI Aerospace Corporation Andrew Webster, Jennifer A. Bishop, Barbara Worndl, Dennis M. O'Leary, Donald B. Johnston, Emily Chittick, Gary Volman, Michael F. Horvat and Rachel L. Blumenfeld Dec 20, 2021 In December 2021, TriMas, a U.S. based global manufacturer and provider of aerospace products, acquired 100% of TFI Aerospace Corporation.
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New Tier, New Horizons for the Canadian Securities Exchange The CSE Proposes a New Senior Tier for Larger Issuers and a New CSE SPAC Program Russell J. Sanders, Jeffrey K. Merk and Brodie Kirsh Dec 17, 2021 In order to continue to evolve with developments in the Canadian capital markets, particularly with many more established companies choosing the CSE as their preferred Canadian stock exchange, the CSE has initiated a proposal to create a new senior tier for larger and more advanced issuers which ...
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Christopher Slade Christopher Slade Dec 02, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Christopher Slade has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Tax Group and Tax Controversy/Tax Litigation Group.
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Treat Other Counsel How You Wish to Be Treated: The Rules Versus the Golden Rule Josh Suttner and Simon Dugas Nov 30, 2021 When a plaintiff serves a statement of claim, the Rules of Civil Procedure (the “Rules”) require that a defendant must serve a statement of defence within a prescribed time (usually 20 days), failing which the plaintiff can note the defendant in default and obtain default jud...
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Rethinking Diversity in Canada’s Capital Markets: Beyond Gender Melanie Cole, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann and Angela Oh Nov 29, 2021 Almost seven years following the adoption of the gender focused corporate governance disclosure rules set out in National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices, recent data published by the Canadian Securities Administrators in Multilateral Staff Notice 58-313 Review o...
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Modernizing Ontario’s Capital Markets: Capital Markets Act (Ontario) Melanie Cole, Meredith McCann and Portia Biswas Nov 29, 2021 On October 12, 2021, the Government of Ontario published the draft Capital Markets Act, which is designed to streamline and modernize the regulatory framework of the province’s capital markets. If approved, the CMA will replace both the Securities Act (Ontario) and the Commodity Futures A...
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Angela Swan Presented with Honorary Degree from McGill University Angela Swan Nov 26, 2021 Congratulations to Angela Swan, Counsel at Aird and Berlis, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from McGill University on Friday, November 26.
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Miranda Spence Recognized as 2021 Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40 Miranda Spence Nov 26, 2021 Aird & Berlis is proud to announce that Miranda Spence has been recognized as a 2021 Lexpert Risi...
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Excess Claims Fees to Be Introduced Into Canada’s Patent Regime Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Nov 25, 2021 The Canadian patent regime has always been unique and flexible. However, many of these unique aspects are disappearing in order to bring Canada’s patent regime into procedural harmony with the practice in other jurisdictions.
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Emerging Case Law Regarding the Enforcement of Vaccination Policies Alex Kagan and Jessica Schissler Nov 23, 2021 In this article, we summarize several recent decisions which provide guidance regarding how courts and arbitrators will assess the complex issue of workplace vaccination policies.
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Update on Psychedelics: Science and Capital Markets CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Jeffrey K. Merk and Sherri M. Altshuler Nov 23, 2021 ACCESS ARCHIVE External Speakers: Doug Drysdale, CEO - Cybin Sumant S. Kulkarni, Managing D...
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On-Demand Video - Expect Acceptance: The Story of Transgender Lawyer Angela Swan & Her Daughter Ellen Swan CPD Information: 1.25 hours of EDI Professionalism Credit Andrea Skinner and Angela Swan Nov 18, 2021 ACCESS VIDEO External Speaker: Ellen Swan (she/her), Lawyer - Caravel Law ...
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Aird & Berlis Successful at Supreme Court of Canada Steve J. Tenai, Sanj Sood and Angela Swan Nov 11, 2021 Aird & Berlis successful before the Supreme Court of Canada upholding the dismissal of an application under Ontario’s reciprocal enforcement statute to enforce a foreign judgment against our Caribbean state client.
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City of Toronto Introduces Inclusionary Zoning Framework Eileen P. K. Costello, Sidonia J. Tomasella, Maggie Bassani, Meaghan Barrett and John Pappas Nov 10, 2021 The City of Toronto approved its new inclusionary zoning framework on November 9, 2021. Council adopted the official plan amendment and passed the zoning by-law amendment that will permit the City to require a percentage of all new development within delineated Protected Major Transit Station Are...
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D2L Completes Initial Public Offering Jeffrey K. Merk Nov 09, 2021 D2L Inc. closed its initial public offering of Subordinate Voting Shares consisting of a treasury offering of 5,489,757 Subordinate Voting Shares by D2L and a secondary offering of 3,335,243 Subordinate Voting Shares by the Desire2Learn Employee Stock Trust.
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Will 100-Year Old Debentures Derail the Canadian Pacific Acquisition of Kansas City Southern? John D. Andrew Nov 09, 2021 Canadian Pacific’s pending acquisition of Kansas City Southern again raises the last remaining historic anomaly and unresolved issue in CP’s capital structure which negatively impacts or constrains CP’s financing and corporate actions and could become an impedime...
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Aird & Berlis Secures Preservation Order Over Shares Held by the CEO of Facedrive Inc. Timothy J. Hill, Max Muñoz, Amelia McLeod, Jose Garcia-Bonilla and Thomas A. Fenton Nov 05, 2021 Aird & Berlis represents two individual plaintiffs who are former business partners of Suman Pushparajah, currently the CEO of Facedrive Inc.
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Forest Gate Completes Acquisition of Two Toronto Properties Leonard Baranek, Ethan Eisen, Mistrale Lepage-Chouinard and Shannon Morris Nov 05, 2021 Forest Gate Advisors Inc. completed the acquisition of 189 Cedarvale Avenue and 4875 Dundas Street West. The Toronto-based properties collectively comprise 134 apartment units.
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Rachel Blumenfeld Quoted in Financial Post Article About Estate Planning Rachel L. Blumenfeld Nov 03, 2021 Rachel Blumenfeld, a partner in the firm's Estates & Trusts Group, was featured in this article about how COVID-19 motivated Canadians to ensure that they had proper plans in place to protect their families should they fall ill from the virus.
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Private Business Leaders Talk Success & Innovation CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Cecilia M. Moffat and Nick Torchetti Nov 03, 2021 ACCESS ARCHIVE External Speakers: Ribat Chowdhury - Co-Founder, The Happy Box Sana Virji&nb...
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The City of Stratford Successful in Ontario Land Tribunal Decision Christopher J. Williams, Timothy J. Hill, Andrea Skinner and Hansen Wong Nov 03, 2021 The OLT released its decision in 1353837 Ontario Incorporated v Stratford (City), concerning expropriation of the former Grand Trunk Railway lands in Stratford.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Amy Grenon Amy Grenon Nov 01, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Amy Grenon has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Intellectual Property Group and Litigation Group.
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Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. Completes $14.8 Million Private Placement Richard M. Kimel and Sean Green Oct 29, 2021 Spectra7 Microsystems Inc., a leading provider of high-performance analog semiconductor products for broadband connectivity markets, completed a brokered private placement of 11,183,990 common shares at a price of $1.32 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $14.8 ...
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Cannabis Sector Update: M&A, Financing, Legal Matters & More CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Jeffrey K. Merk and Sherri M. Altshuler Oct 28, 2021 ACCESS ARCHIVE External Speakers: Jordan Lewis - Founder, Chairman and President, Fotmer Lif...
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Keeping Up With the Changes: A Guide to Recent Legislation Lorenzo Lisi, Alex Kagan and Jessica Schissler Oct 28, 2021 There has been a dizzying pace to the introduction of recent legislation. As provincial and federal legislators introduce measures which look beyond the worst impacts of the pandemic, the changes are significant. In addition, the Ford government in Ontario has introduced targeted legislation whic...
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Baylin Technologies Inc. Completes $15 Million Private Placement Richard M. Kimel, Adria Leung Lim, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Meredith McCann Oct 26, 2021 Baylin Technologies Inc., a leading, diversified, global technology company, recently completed a private placement offering of 17,648,000 common shares at a price of $0.85 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $15 million.
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Uncovering Canadian Cryptocurrency Challenges CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Jack Bernstein, Saam Nainifard and Donald B. Johnston Oct 21, 2021 ACCESS ARCHIVE Encrypted digital currencies...
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Women Today: Caregiving, Career, Mental Health & Resilience CPD Information: 1.25 Hours of Professionalism Credit for Lawyers and 1.25 Hours for HRPA and CHRP Members Adria Leung Lim and Meghan A. Cowan Oct 19, 2021 ACCESS ARCHIVE External Speaker: Andrea Sadler, Occupational Therapist and Psychotherapist -...
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Mario Pedro Mario Pedro Oct 18, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Mario Pedro has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Real Estate Group.
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Ronin Equity Partners Acquires Minus Forty Group, QBD Group Jack Bernstein, Martin Kovnats and Liam Tracey-Raymont Sep 28, 2021 Ronin Equity Partners, LLC ("Ronin"), a New York-based private equity firm, completed its simultaneous acquisition of the QBD Group and the Minus Forty Group, two North American manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment, including freezers, coolers and refrigerated merchandising product...
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Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Extended to January 1, 2022 Jessica Schissler and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Sep 23, 2021 On September 16, 2021, the Government of Ontario once again extended the period that the infectious disease emergency leave will apply pursuant to Ontario Regulation 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave under the Employment Standards Act, 2000. While previously scheduled to expire on Sept...
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Biomind Completes RTO of Crosswinds Holdings, $6 Million Private Placement and Listing on NEO Exchange Richard M. Kimel, Marek Lorenc and Danny Kharazmi Sep 23, 2021 Biomind Labs Inc. (formerly Crosswinds Holdings Inc.), completed a plan of merger under the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 (British Virgin Islands) between Biomind Research Corp and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, which resulted in the reverse...
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5 Surprising Reasons Canada is a Premier Destination for Growing European Companies CPD Information: 45 Minutes of Substantive Credit for Lawyers Fiona Brown Sep 23, 2021 External Speakers: Kristina McDougall - Principal & Founder, Artemis Canada Stephan...
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Greenway Greenhouse Cannabis Corporation Commences Trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange Richard M. Kimel, Alicia McKeag and Meredith McCann Sep 21, 2021 On September 21, Greenway Greenhouse Cannabis Corporation commenced trading of its common shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol “GWAY”.
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Post-Pandemic Planning for Employers: Next Steps for Reopening CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers and 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members Michael F. Horvat, Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova, Alex Kagan and Lorenzo Lisi Sep 21, 2021 ACCESS ARCHIVE While there are still challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, significant inc...
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The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010: Better Late Than Never Jeremy D. Burke, Portia Biswas and Angela Oh Sep 16, 2021 The much anticipated Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 ("ONCA") will come into force on October 19, 2021, after receiving Royal Assent in 2010.
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