Shakaira John

Associate Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2017

Employing strong advocacy skills, Shakaira represents clients in insolvency, restructuring and recovery proceedings. She is a confident litigator that thrives in the courtroom. Clients can trust that Shakaira will deliver creative and cost-effective solutions to complex commercial problems.

Shakaira is a member of the firm’s Financial Services Group. Her practice focuses on the litigation aspects of insolvency and restructuring law, including turnarounds, reorganizations, liquidations, security enforcement, receiverships, plans of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, proposals and bankruptcies under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the purchase and sale of distressed assets and businesses.

Shakaira has been involved in a broad spectrum of litigation proceedings, including insolvency matters, complex corporate commercial disputes, regulatory investigations by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission, disciplinary proceedings by the Law Society of Ontario, and Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario, contractual disputes, class actions, and various other matters before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She has also worked on matters in Alberta and British Columbia, and has appeared with counsel before the Superior Courts of those provinces.

Awards & Recognition

Distinguished Oralist Award, Lerners Cup Moot, 2013

Professional Involvement


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Women's Law Association of Ontario
  • Toronto Lawyers Association

Representative Matters

Acting for various individuals seeking an oppression remedy in both Ontario and British Columbia.

Acting for a national corporation in an insolvency application under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, and in the receivership context pursuant to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Advising individuals under investigation by the Ontario Securities Commission and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada for Securities Act violations.

Acting for various investment advisors involved in lawsuits alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and contract.

Advising various individuals and corporations in complex corporate commercial litigation and contractual matters.

Selected Speaking Engagements

"Understanding White Collar Criminals – Why do they do it?," co-authored and presented at the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada 19th Annual Conference, May 1-2, 2017.

"Extracting Corruption: Canada’s ESTMA and the Global Trend towards Transparency," co-authored and presented at the Ontario Bar Association’s “Global Law Day: Business Law” on September 29, 2016.

"The Scientist and the Law: Addressing Expert Witnesses and Wrongful Conviction," delivered at the Osgoode Hall Law Journal J.D. Research Symposium, March 11, 2016.

Selected Publications

"Update: British Columbia Joins Trend of Giving Enhanced Powers to Investment Industry Regulators Despite Doubts that such Powers Protect Investors," with Khrystina McMillan, May 15, 2018.

"Court of Appeal Upholds Finding that Employment References by Prior Employers are Protected from Defamation Lawsuits unless Maliciously Motivated," April 18, 2018.

"Manitoba Joins Emerging Trend of Granting More Legal Authority to Investment Industry Regulators, but is Investor Protection Really the Bottom Line?," with Khrystina McMillan, March 26, 2018.

"Changes to Ontario’s Whistleblower Regime to Enhance Protections and Proposed Changes to Clarify the Ineligibility of In-House Counsel for Whistleblower Awards," February 20, 2018.

“Ontario Superior Court Takes Flexible Approach to Limitation Periods in Relation to Claims by Vulnerable Persons,” January 22, 2018.

“The British Columbia Court of Appeal Upholds Certification of Another Class Action for Undisclosed Fees,” November 28, 2017.

“OSC to Focus on Raising Awareness of Whistleblower Protections Amidst Doubt over the Efficacy of these Protections,” with Khrystina McMillan, November 20, 2017.

“Supreme Court Upholds Crown Immunity from Examination for Discovery in Civil Cases in which the Crown is not a Party,” October 2, 2017. 


  • JD, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2016
  • BA (Hons., with Distinction), University of Toronto, 2012