John I. McLean, QC Counsel


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1977 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2285

Fax: +1 604-683-3558

Email: john.mclean@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Vancouver



John I. McLean, QC

John McLean is counsel in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office, practising in insolvency matters, including bankruptcy, CCAA proceedings, foreclosures and creditor and debtor rights.

John's corporate restructuring practice is extensive, and includes representing key players/stakeholders in a wide variety of industries. He has acted as counsel for trustees in bankruptcy, monitors under CCAA proceedings, as well as creditors and debtors, and has been involved in most major insolvency matters in British Columbia. He also has extensive cross-border insolvency experience in the United States and the United Kingdom.

John has lectured at the University of British Columbia as adjunct professor in insolvency, and sat as oral examiner for Superintendent of Bankruptcy Trustee exams.

John was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010, and is a Director of the Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia.

Career & Recognition

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    • Rankings & Awards
      December2015
      Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2015
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      November2015
      Chambers Canada 2016
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      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
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      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
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      April2015
      Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2015
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      April2015
      Chambers Global 2015
  • 2014

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      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014
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      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
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      September2014
      Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014
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      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
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      April2014
      Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2014
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      April2014
      Chambers Global 2014
  • 2013

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      November2013
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013
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      September2013
      Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Insolvency Lawyers 2013
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      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
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      July2013
      Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2013
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      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
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      March2013
      Benchmark Canada 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013
  • 2012

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      December2012
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012
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      July2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2012
      Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2012
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      June2012
      PLC Which Lawyer? 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2012
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2011
      Who’s Who Legal 2011
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      February2011
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2011
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2011
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2011
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2010
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2010
  • 2006

    • Rankings & Awards
      2006
      The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • 1977

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1977
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 1976

    • Education
      1976
      Dalhousie University, LLB
  • 1973

    • Education
      1973
      Queens University, BA (Economics)

Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • Acting as counsel to the Monitor of Doman Industries Ltd., one of the largest forest companies in BC.
  • Acting for the Trustee in Bankruptcy of Port Alice Specialty Cellulose in the sale of its pulp mill on Vancouver Island.
  • acting for the Trustee and Judicial Trustee of Canada 3000 Airlines.
  • Acting for Jackpine Forest Products Ltd. in its successful CCAA restructuring.
  • Appointed by the Supreme Court of British Columbia as representative counsel for creditors in the Proposal of the New Home Warranty Program of British Columbia.
  • Acting as counsel to the Trustee and Monitor of North American Steamships Ltd.