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Stephen guides clients through the rapidly evolving regulatory environment governing the telecommunications and media industry in Canada.

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Stephen Zolf

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As a strategic litigator, David focuses on a variety of civil and quasi-criminal matters involving incidents and conduct at and outside of workplaces.

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David S. Reiter

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Employing a creative and strategic approach, Sanj works with clients to resolve their most complex matters by providing practical, business-minded sol...

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Sanj Sood

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Whether he is working on a transaction or providing strategic advice, Peter puts himself in the shoes of the client to gain a better understanding of ...

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Andrea’s superior oral and written advocacy skills, supported by her diligent preparation and strategic analysis, translate into client success.

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Andrea Skinner

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Bill is a skilled advocate dedicated to finding solutions to difficult problems.

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Bill VanderBurgh is counsel to the firm and a former member of the Corporate/Commercial Group and Executive Committee.

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Taking a strategic and creative approach, Stanley endeavours to provide practical solutions and exceptional value by understanding his clients’ ...

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A problem solver by nature, Stephen plans for contingencies and carefully considers all details of a transaction.

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Stephen Crawford

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Steve’s practice has been built on his ability to think clearly in a crisis and communicate effectively with clients.

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Steven L. Graff

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Strong relationships and creative thinking are the backbone of Andrew’s financial services practice. 

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Andrew Biderman

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As a litigator, Vedran’s character is distinguished by his ability to interact with and relate to his clients, opposing counsel and judges.

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Vedran Simkic

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Tim is an experienced litigator and an expert in municipal law.

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Timothy J. Hill

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Scott’s education and experience in both the technical and legal aspects of energy and environmental law, make him a unique expert in the field.

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Scott Stoll

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Tony represents clients in a variety of high-technology industries, and has extensive patent prosecution experience in the fields of software, hardwar...

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Tony Sabeta, B.Eng.

Patent Agent | Partner

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Sherri earns the trust of her clients by adeptly managing complex and time-sensitive corporate finance transactions and by providing relevant, busines...

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Danielle strives to bridge the gap between the law and the practical realities of her clients’ businesses.

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Danielle Muise

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A confident communicator, Miranda is a strong advocate who thrives in the courtroom and in negotiations with opposing counsel. 

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Miranda Spence

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David is dedicated to understanding his clients’ businesses and creates and implements solutions to advance their objectives.

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David Stevens

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Lisa has built her practice on providing practical, business-based advise and helping clients to understand the risks of certain courses of action.&nb...

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Lisa E. Moreau

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Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Matthew brings to his practice as a corporate lawyer an ingrained sense of what business owners look for from a...

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Andrew’s clients receive rapid, responsive service based on a thorough understanding of their needs.

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Andrew Magnus

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Michael has been a member of the firm since 1990. Michael’s commercial real estate experience goes back to 1978.

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With an international background and hands-on business experience, Aaron provides practical and strategic advice to a broad range of domestic and inte...

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In dealing with a wide variety of labour and employment issues, Fiona takes great care in understanding her clients’ businesses and delivering a...

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Fiona Brown

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Martin practises primarily in the areas of merger and acquisition activities, capital markets matters and corporate commercial matters.

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Martin Kovnats

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With extensive experience in a broad range of corporate finance and commercial matters, Jeffrey offers clients a practical and business-minded approac...

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Jeffrey K. Merk

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Representative Matters

Representative Matters Mar 31, 2013 A&B Represents McCordick Glove & Safety Inc.

Aird & Berlis LLP acted for a selling family group of a privately held entity for about $60mm, to a U.S. buyer with a comprehensive pre-sale tax plan.
Representative Matters Nov 07, 2016 Fleetwood Metal Industries Completes Sale to U.S.-Based Private Equity Firm

Fleetwood Metal Industries Inc., a successful Tier 1 automotive metal stamping, welding and assembly business with facilities in Ontario and Alabama, recently announced the completion of its sale to Milestone Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm. 
Representative Matters Aug 15, 2014 A&B Selected to Represent Eiffage Travaux Publics S.A.S.

Aird & Berlis LLP was selected to represent Eiffage Travaux Publics S.A.S., a large French public company focused on the construction industry.
Representative Matters Sep 26, 2014 Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Remington Group Sell Condo Project to Chinese Developer

In September 2014, Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Remington Group sold the King Blue condominium project in Toronto for over $100 million to Greenland Holding Group Co., a Fortune Global 500 Shanghai-based real estate development company. The project, renamed King Blue by Greenland, is Greenland’s first foray into Canadian real estate.
Representative Matters May 15, 2013 A&B Acts In Another Significant Real Estate Acquisition

Aird & Berlis LLP represented Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (CREIT) in its acquisition from RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust of two retail centres situated in Quebec City, Quebec and one retail centre situated in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Representative Matters Oct 19, 2016 Shahid Khan Acquires Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

Aird & Berlis LLP is proud to have acted on behalf of Shahid Khan in his purchase of the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. Mr. Khan completed the purchase of 100 per cent ownership of the Four Seasons Hotel on September 30, 2016, from an affiliate of Kingdom Holding Company. The purchase represents the largest single-asset price-per-room hotel transaction in Canadian history.

Blog Posts

Insights StartupSource Nov 09, 2015 Canadian Startups Top 43North Startup Competition

Insights StartupSource Mar 05, 2018 Applications for Social Enterprise Pitch Competition Now Underway

Applications are now open for this year’s Social Enterprise Zone (“SEZ”) and Social Enterprise Pitch Competition. The Ontario Government, through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (“OCE”), will once again be showcasing home-grown entrepreneurs at its Discovery conference in the spring of 2018.
Insights StartupSource Mar 16, 2018 Canadian Startup Talent on Display at 2018 Sci Innovation Competition

The submission period has closed for the Global 2018 Sci Innovation Competition, setting a new record for the number of submissions to the “Global Olympics of Innovation.” 2018 saw a 17% increase in overall submissions to the competition, with a total number of 1,460 global projects and 208 submissions to the Toronto Division alone.
Insights TheSpotlight Mar 22, 2019 The Competition Bureau Publishes Final Version of its Revised Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines

On March 13, 2019, the Competition Bureau published the final version of the revised Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines.
Insights TheSpotlight Mar 07, 2019 The Federal Government Signals a New Policy Approach for the CRTC in the Telecom Sector

On February 26, 2019, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development tabled a Proposed Order Issuing a Direction to the CRTC on "Implementing the Canadian Telecommunications Policy Objectives to Promote Competition, Affordability, Consumer Interests and Innovation." If implemented substantially in the form as proposed, the Proposed Policy Direction will likely have a significant impact on the telecommunications regulatory framework overseen by the CRTC.
Insights FirmBlog Nov 01, 2013 SCC Competition Law Class Action Decisions

Insights TheSpotlight Aug 22, 2018 The Dangers of Discount Patent Services - You Get What You Pay For

In the recent Superior Court of Quebec case Bérubé C. - Federation of Inventors of Quebec, 2018 QCCS 3459, dated August 2, 2018, the Court granted a certification for a class action against the Federation of Investors of Quebec and its founder, president and sole director Christian William Varin. The FIQ claims to be a non-profit corporation that holds itself out as an inexpensive alternative to conventional patent agencies.
Insights StartupSource Feb 26, 2018 Harnessing the Power of Ideas: The Hult Prize Challenge

For the first time since its inception in 2009, the social entrepreneurship driven Hult Prize is coming to Canada. The annual Hult Prize Challenge, which has been featured by TIME Magazine as one of the “Top 5 Ideas Changing the World,” welcomes university students from around the world to solve some of the world’s most pressing development issues by launching for-good, for-profit businesses.
Insights StartupSource Feb 23, 2015 Nspire's National Business and Technology Conference

Insights StartupSource Nov 04, 2014 Perfect your Pitch to Investors

Insights StartupSource Feb 20, 2015 Cr3ate: Ted Rogers Management Conference

Insights StartupSource Mar 24, 2015 Startups in Action!

Insights StartupSource Oct 12, 2017 InnovateTO150 Shines Spotlight on the Country’s Best Student-Led Startups

InnovateTO150 is celebrating Toronto’s 150th birthday by shining a spotlight on some of the best student-led startups from across Canada. Innovate TO150 is a collaboration between the City of Toronto and OCAD University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and York University. Together, these universities currently promote and support student innovators through 24 incubators and accelerators. InnovateTO150 will showcase the student ventures that have been fostered through these academic incubators and accelerators, but participation in the showcase is open to students and non-students alike, as well as alumni of all ages from all academic institutions.
Insights StartupSource Jul 25, 2017 Get Thee to the Accelerator: 2017 Edition

Insights TheSpotlight Jul 14, 2016 Anti-Doping and Privacy

Insights StartupSource Nov 03, 2016 "Dear Microsoft..."

Insights TheSpotlight Jun 08, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - June 8

This weekly update on the field of Artificial Intelligence identifies a number of interesting articles about technology and the law.
Insights TheSpotlight May 18, 2017 Getting Fit… Legally – How to Manage Your Legal Risk as a Fitness Business Owner

It is no surprise that there are many challenges to running a fitness business. One aspect which often troubles fitness business owners is how to go about ensuring compliance with all the different legal requirements that come with having employees and customers. As a client service industry, a fitness business’s employees and customers are at the core of what it delivers on a day-to-day basis. This article provides some of the key legal points a fitness business should be aware of in this regard.
Insights TheSpotlight Feb 05, 2019 The Perils of Comparative Advertising – A lesson from Super Bowl 53

This year’s Super Bowl featured several Bud Light commercials, which irreverently poked fun at two of its competitors – Miller Lite and Coors Light. As the commercials allege in no uncertain terms, Miller and Coors brew with corn syrup, while Bud Light does not. What was striking about these commercials was not just the fact that the brewers allegedly brew with the sugary substance, but that the commercials unabashedly featured the logos and trademarks of the Miller Lite and Coors Light brands.
Insights EnergyInsider Apr 20, 2018 OEB Selects EPCOR to Provide Gas Distribution Service to South Bruce Municipalities

On April 12, 2018, the Ontario Energy Board issued a Decision and Order in a proceeding to select a gas distributor to serve South Bruce municipalities (Municipality of Arran-Elderslie, the Municipality of Kincardine and the Township of Huron-Kinloss). The OEB chose EPCOR Southern Bruce Gas Inc., based on a determination that EPCOR has a lower cumulative revenue requirement per unit of gas volume than the other applicant (Union Gas).
Insights TheSpotlight Mar 27, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - March 27

Last year, Aird & Berlis launched its redesigned website, which was a vast improvement over the previous iteration. The redesigned website is much more modern, sleek and user-friendly than past versions.
Insights StartupSource Mar 20, 2018 Aird & Berlis Assisting DDQIC Ventures with Strategic Legal and Business Counsel Partnership to enhance legal resources for startups

DDQIC and Aird & Berlis LLP have entered into a strategic partnership, whereby Aird & Berlis will provide certain legal services to participants of DDQIC’s programs as well as advice that will help address some of the common legal issues facing startups and emerging businesses.
Insights StartupSource Jan 19, 2017 Cybersecurity - Ontario's Next Big Startup Cluster?

Insights EnergyInsider Jan 31, 2018 NEB Denies Request for a Proposed Long-Term Load Retention Service

On January 22, 2018, the National Energy Board released a letter decision denying an application by Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline for approval of a load retention service and reduced toll to Irving Oil Ltd.
Insights StartupSource Jan 23, 2018 Toronto’s Reputation as Leader in Tech Sector Reinforced as the Lone Canadian City to Make Amazon’s Short List for HQ2

Toronto region is the only Canadian bidder to have made the shortlist for Amazon’s second headquarters. Last week, Amazon announced the much-anticipated shortlist of candidates to be considered for the home of “HQ2,” Amazon’s newest base of operations. The e-commerce retailer entertained bids from 238 cities and metropolitan areas in North America, including several in Mexico and eleven in Canada. The Toronto region’s bid was the only Canadian one to make the cut.
Insights StartupSource Oct 20, 2017 Will the Arrival of HQ2 Be Good for Startups?

Insights FirmBlog Sep 20, 2018 Trump & Trade – Fear (with apologies to Bob Woodward)

In my last blog, I predicted much bluster and threat to try to get a deal before the mid-term elections – but no tariffs. The bluster and threat are a permanent feature of the Trump administration and so easy to predict. I was wrong on tariffs, and I was wrong about the Canadian response.
Insights EnergyInsider Dec 20, 2018 IESO Publishes Recommendations for Removing Obstacles to Energy Storage in Ontario

On December 19, 2018, the Independent Electricity System Operator published a report titled "Removing Obstacles for Storage Resources in Ontario." The report explains the work that has been done by the IESO-sponsored Energy Storage Advisory Group, and sets out a number of recommendations towards removing the regulatory barriers facing energy storage resources in Ontario.
Insights FirmBlog Jan 07, 2016 Sports Programming: PVR/DVR Proof!

Insights TheSpotlight Jan 07, 2016 Sports Programming: PVR/DVR Proof!

Insights EnergyInsider Dec 08, 2016 Alberta Announces Changes to Balancing Pool

Insights EnergyInsider Nov 16, 2017 Directives Issued to IESO and OEB to Prepare Implementation Plans for 2017 LTEP

In late October, Ontario’s Minister of Energy (Glenn Thibeault) issued Directives to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), requiring each body to prepare “implementation plans” setting out the steps they intend to take to implement the goals and objectives set out in the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (2017 LTEP). These Directives are consistent with the new process for creating and implementing LTEPs as set out in Bill 135 that was passed in 2016. As we discussed in an earlier post, the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015 gave the government responsibility for creating the LTEP, but made clear that the government would work with agencies like the IESO and OEB to ensure the timely implementation of the plans set out in the LTEP.
Insights EnergyInsider Aug 11, 2017 OEB Approves Natural Gas Community Expansion Projects

Insights EnergyInsider Dec 12, 2018 BCUC Report Finds No Need For Regulation of Public EV Charging Stations

On November 26, 2018, the British Columbia Utilities Commission issued its Phase I Report from its Inquiry into the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Service. In this Report, the BCUC found that the public EV charging market does not exhibit monopoly characteristics and economic regulation is not required to protect consumers. The BCUC recommends that the B.C. government issue an exemption with respect to the BCUC's regulation of EV charging services, but retain oversight of safety.
Insights TheSpotlight Apr 04, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - April 4

This weekly update on the field of Artificial Intelligence identifies a number of interesting articles about technology and the law. It also provides details about an upcoming event that may be worth checking out if you're in the area!
Insights TheSpotlight Jun 13, 2019 Canada’s New Digital Charter and What this Means for PIPEDA

On May 21, 2019, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the launch of Canada’s own Digital Charter.
Insights TheSpotlight Nov 08, 2018 The Power of Sport

Sport’s power is stunning. Its ability to unite, inspire inclusivity, promote global health and strive for equality and peace beyond political borders can be unparalleled. I’ve been blessed to be a part of global initiatives that bring together world leaders in sport, faith and business to help move the needle on humanitarian issues such as homelessness and the refugee crisis.
Insights EnergyInsider Sep 20, 2018 OEA Releases Discussion Paper on Load Serving Entities

On September 13, 2018, the Ontario Energy Association released “Policy Case: Recommendations for an Ontario Load-Serving Entity Model.” In the paper, the authors make the case for allowing local electricity distribution companies to act as Load Serving Entities and procure electricity generation and other resources, instead of acting as mere pass-through entities for resources procured by the Independent Electricity System Operator.
Insights TheSpotlight Mar 21, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - March 21

This weekly update on the field of Artificial Intelligence identifies a number of interesting articles about technology and the law.
Insights FirmBlog Jun 01, 2016 How the European Union Uses Data to Prevent Crime

Insights TheSpotlight Jun 01, 2016 How the European Union Uses Data to Prevent Crime

Insights EnergyInsider Aug 07, 2018 2018: Energy Storage Developments in the Last Twelve Months

The energy storage market continues to gain momentum over the past year. McKinsey reported that from 2012 to 2017, battery costs fell more than 15% per year, for a total five-year drop of more than 50%. The total cost of energy storage systems (i.e. battery-pack costs; other hardware costs such as inverters, containers and climate-control equipment; “soft” costs such as customer acquisition, permitting and interconnection; and engineering, procurement and construction costs) is expected to fall 50 to 70% by 2025 as a result of design advances, economies of scale and streamlined processes. The downward trend is likely attributed to increased global demand for energy storage product and investment in the energy storage sector.
Insights TheSpotlight Jun 20, 2019 Smart Cities: An Opportunity for Engagement on Big Data Governance

Quayside, a proposed “smart city” on Toronto’s waterfront,1 has garnered a lot of attention about big data initiatives relative to privacy and data governance. Smart city proposals underscore the importance of balancing the benefits of data analytics with privacy rights. A reactive, complaints-based model has been shown to be inadequate to generate the necessary trust and transparency to meet privacy concerns. At the same time, certain privacy principles, such as individual consent, do not necessarily translate to certain smart city initiatives.

News

News Firm News Aug 22, 2016 Congratulations to Damian Warner on Olympic Bronze Medal

Aird & Berlis LLP is honoured to have sponsored Canadian decathlete and Olympic bronze medallist Damian Warner on his journey to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
News Firm News Sep 27, 2018 Partners of Aird & Berlis Recognized as Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining

Aird & Berlis is proud to have five partners recognized in the 2018/2019 Lexpert Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining Special Edition.
News Firm News Mar 06, 2018 Aird & Berlis Partners Recognized as Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining

Aird & Berlis is proud to have six partners recognized in the 2017/2018 Lexpert Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining Special Edition.
News Firm News Nov 04, 2013 A&B Partner Noted as Leading Litigation and ADR Expert

Aird & Berlis LLP is pleased to announce that Don Jack is noted as a leading expert in Financier Worldwide’s Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution: Corporate Advisor Handbook 2013.

News Firm News Dec 18, 2015 A&B’s Municipal & Land Use Planning Group is Number One!

Congratulations to our Municipal & Land Use Planning Group for once again making Aird & Berlis LLP the top firm in Novae Res Urbis’ (NRU) annual rankings of land development law firms in Toronto.

Publications

Publications Newsletter Nov 01, 2013 Competition Law Case Commentary - November 1, 2013

Publications Article Apr 12, 2019 Ford Government Focuses on Fiscal Discipline, With a Moderate Approach Ontario Budget Sets Roadmap to Return to Balance In 2023

Doug Ford may have declared Ontario “a place to grow,” but under his watch, one thing that won’t be growing are deficits. A range of restraint measures aim to ensure a balanced budget in four years.
Publications Article Dec 07, 2018 Ford Government Launches First Salvo in War on Red Tape

Premier Ford launched his first advance on this deregulatory agenda on December 6, 2018, with the introduction of a bill entitled “An Act to Restore Ontario’s Competitiveness by Amending and Repealing Certain Regulations.” This red tape reduction legislation aims to eliminate barriers to job creation and economic growth through changes affecting things as diverse as labour laws, private childcare rules, agricultural rules and more.