Colin D. Brousson

Colin Brousson is a partner in the Vancouver office of Gowling WLG and the former national leader of the firm's Restructuring and Insolvency Group.

Colin has an extensive record of representing major stakeholders in corporate restructuring engagements in various industries. He acts for all parties affected by the insolvency process including: debtors, lenders, purchasers, secured and unsecured creditors, and directors, as well as trustees, receivers and monitors.

He is a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada, an organization that recognizes excellence in the area of insolvency and restructuring. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada and is named a leading practitioner in the area of insolvency and restructuring law by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Colin has also been ranked by Chambers Global for restructuring and insolvency and by Benchmark Canada,which named him a "litigation star" for insolvency.

Additionally, Colin practises in the area of Indigenous law, and is also a member of the firm's Expropriation Law and Municipal Law groups. 

Colin is strong believer in community service, including pro bono work for Western Canada Society to Access Justice in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. In addition, he has acted as a director of the following organizations:

  • WelTel, an organization that uses cell phone technology to improve the health care of patients in Africa;
  • The Western Canadian Paediatric Aids Society, a charitable society that organized camps and recreational activities for children affected by HIV; and
  • Basketball B.C., a provincial sports organization, where he co-founded the Steve Nash basketball leagues and was awarded a "Special Merit Award" by Basketball B.C.

Career & Recognition

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  • Canadian Bar Association (Insolvency, Banking and Aboriginal subsections)
  • Examiner for Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Oral Board Exams
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Vancouver Insolvency Discussion Group

Colin's recent articles, papers & presentations include:

  • Commentator, Accommodating Bankruptcy & Duty to Consult, Annual Review of Insolvency Law, Montreal, Quebec, February 2019
  • Author, Canadian First Nations and Insolvency Proceedings. How Much Influence? in Janis Sarra and the Honourable Justice Barbara Romaine, eds, Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2016 (Toronto: Carswell, 2017) at 755-762
  • Presenter, First Nations and Insolvency, CAIRP Insolvency & Restructuring Forum, Whistler, BC, August 2015
  • Co-author, First Nations and Insolvency in Canada: A Shifting Landscape (2014) 3:1 Journal of the Insolvency Institute of Canada 189
  • Co-chair, BC Insolvency Model Order Committee, 2010-2014
  • Presenter, Insurance-Are You Covered?, CAIRP Insolvency & Restructuring Forum, May 2011
  • Presenter, Anatomy of the Acquisition of a Distressed Company, FEI Canada Seminar Series, Vancouver & Calgary, March 2010
  • Co-presenter, Real Estate Developments and the CCAA -Vinegar & Water, Or?, December 2009
  • Presenter, Wonders of WEPPA & Recent BIA Amendments, Gowlings Trustee Seminar, August 2009
  • Author, Winding Up & Restructuring Act & Farm Debt Mediation Act Update, Halsbury 2009
  • Author, Marshalling Apportionment & Consolidation, presented on April 23, 2009 at the British Columbia CLE, "Foreclosure Practice"
  • Co-author, Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring: The Nuts and Bolts, February 2009
  • Co-author, Overview of Coe Newnes McGehee, presented at Annual Insolvency Review, Banff AB, January 2009

Representative Work

Colin's representative engagements include:

  • Representing debtors in the CCAA proceedings of, Purcell Basin Minerals, Stanfield Mining Group, Redcorp Mining, Hayes Forest Products, Coe Newnes McGehee, Ted Leroy Trucking Ltd., and Sweetwater Developments
  • Representing the major secured creditors in the CCAA proceedings of Sunrise Apartments, Worldspan Marine, League Assets, Aviawest, Worldspan, Sterling Shoes, Encore Developments, Marine Drive/Windnsea, the Shire Group, Abenante Motor Sports, and Blackburn Developments Ltd.
  • Representing trustees in bankruptcy, monitors and receivers in the CCAA and insolvency proceedings for Mercator Minerals, Network Intelligence, Creston Moly, Morningstar Golf Course, Café Artigiano, Crailar Technologies, Ivanhoe Energy, Apollo Management, Great Basin Gold, Can Pacific Farms, Jackpine, "Please Mum", TS Kwon, A&B Sound, Perimeter Transportation, Pollard Equipment
  • Representing directors, purchasers, investors and/or other interested parties in the CCAA and other insolvency proceedings of North American Tungsten, Yukon Zinc, Veris Gold, Sterling Shoes, Coalmont Energy, the Extreme Stores, Coilworks, King Pacific Lodge, Jameson House, Forest & Marine, Pope & Talbot, and Tagish Lake Gold Corp, Squamish Pointe of View, Armourworks, and Westview Motor Inn
  • Representing the major secured creditors in the receiverships of Wedgemount Power, Banks Island Gold, Hillman Yachts, Allwood Fibre, Alterna Energy, Oakside & Hartland Homes, Aviawest, QBM (Bear Mountain), Millennium Evelyn, Hoo Ming Developments, Pemberton Gateway Village Hotel, Island Apple, Bay City Auto, Prima Electronics, Langley Suzuki, B.M. Jet Corp., Whisper Ridge Developments, CC Helicopters, Upholstery Arts, Teco Resource Group, Pacific Spas, CTL Steel, Pacific Van and Camper, Big Island Inflata-Boats, Swanberg Air, and Beaver Air
  • Acting in fraud related recovery matters both for various creditors, including Grant MacEwan University, Chicago Title and the Bank of China and for the trustees of Guo Law Corporation, Hiroshi Morimoto, Ian Thow and related companies 
  • Representing the First Nations Financial Management Board
  • Representing HSBC, CIBC, RBC, BDC, BMO, Timbercreek Asset Management, Wells Fargo, Integris Credit Union, Blue Shore Financial, Sprott Resource, General Electric and other lenders in various collection matters