Jonathan B. Ross

Jonathan Ross is a partner in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office and leads its Restructuring & Insolvency practice in British Columbia. His practice is focused on Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings, receiverships, foreclosures, bankruptcies, debtor and creditor rights, and the priorities between creditors. 

Jonathan’s clients include Canadian chartered banks, credit unions, specialty lenders, public and private companies, individuals, trustees, receivers, monitors and purchasers of distressed assets.  He has particular experience in real estate development, mining, technology, cannabis and energy insolvencies.

Jonathan serves on Gowling WLG’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council and is committed to creating a better, more inclusive workplace for Gowling WLG’s people in order to best serve its clients.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2021

  • 2020

  • 2016

    • Career
      January 2016
      Admitted to Partnership of Gowling WLG
  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2008
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 2007

    • Rankings & Awards
      April 2007
      Law Foundation Award
    • Education
       2007
      University of British Columbia, LLB
  • 2006

    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2006
      Pierre Berthier Education Abroad Scholarship
  • 2005

    • Rankings & Awards
      August 2005
      Panvini Scholarship in Law
    • Rankings & Awards
      August 2005
      Frederick Read Memorial Scholarship
    • Education
       2005
      Elected Vice-President (Academic), UBC Law Students Society
  • 2004

    • Rankings & Awards
      August 2004
      Edwards, Kenny & Bray Founders Scholarship
  • 2003

    • Education
       2003
      University of Victoria, BA Political Science Maj., Environmental Studies, Min. (with Distinction)

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association (Insolvency Subsection)
  • International Association of restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL)
  • Vancouver Insolvency Discussion Group
  • COVID-19: deal dynamics for M&A transactions arising out of the pandemic," gowlingwlg,com, April 23, 2020
  • "Supreme Court confirms impact of a debtor's bankruptcy on CRA deemed trusts for GST and HST," gowlingwlg.com, January 29, 2019
  • "Limitation Act gives BC security holder unpleasant surprise," gowlingwlg.com. July 30, 2018.
  • Co-author of "Fiduciary Duties of Directors and officers Relating to Corporate Opportunities" at the Canadian Mining Law and Finance Conference, 2008.

     

Representative Work

Jonathan's representative engagements include:

  • Counsel to the Bowra Group Inc. as court-appointed receiver of Quinsam Coal Corporation, the owner and operators of a coal-mine near Campbell River, British Columbia.
  • Counsel for cannabis marketplace company Eaze Technologies Inc. in its purchase of U.S. Hometown Heart assets from the court-appointed receiver of Canadian, multi-state cannabis brands platform, Dionymed Brands Inc.
  • Counsel for the financial advisor to the government of a west coast indigenous nation with regard to the restructuring of its corporate businesses.
  • Counsel for Deloitte, the court-appointed receiver of Network Intelligence Inc., a Vancouver-based privately held start-up developer of solid state drive controller solutions.
  • Litigation counsel to functional food and natural health product company Phivida Holdings Inc. in regard to its negotiated acquisition by Choom Holdings Inc. by way of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (BC).
  • Counsel to Export Development Canada, a secured creditor, in CCAA proceedings of Energold Drilling, a group of companies with mining, energy and infrastructure operations across the Americas, Africa and Europe.
  • Counsel for Deloitte, the trustee of Mercator Minerals Ltd. and its subsidiary Creston Moly Corp. Vancouver-based mining companies with properties in Canada, the United States and Mexico, in a complex bankruptcy proceedings involving the sale of mineral properties, including the El Pilar Project in Sonora and resulting in the largest creditor distribution ever in a British Columbia bankruptcy.
  • Litigation counsel to mineral property developer Urz Energy Corp. in regard to its merger with Azarga Uranium Corp. by way of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (BC).
  • Counsel to Farm Credit Canada, a secured creditor, in the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings of ILTA Grain Inc., a major Canadian independent grain processor based in Vancouver with properties in BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
  • Counsel to Export Development Canada, a secured creditor, in the receivership proceedings of Unique Broadband Systems Ltd. and UBS-Axcera Inc., an Ontario-based designer and manufacturer of audio and video digital transmission systems and components.
  • Litigation counsel to precious metal streaming company Terraco Gold Corp. in regard to its negotiated acquisition by Sailfish Royalty Corp. by way of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (BC).
  • Counsel for Export Development Canada, a secured creditor, in the receivership proceedings of the Kodiak Group of Companies, an Alberta-based full-service wireline company with operations in Canada and the United States.
  • Litigation counsel to mineral property development company Renntiger Resources Limited in regard to its reverse-takeover by Roll-Up Capital Corp., a TSX-V listed capital pool company, by way of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (BC).
  • Litigation counsel to mineral property development company Exeter Resource Corporation in regard to its negotiated acquisition by Goldcorp Inc., by way of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (BC).
  • Counsel to Wells Fargo, secured creditor, in the Receivership of Hillman Yacht Sales Ltd. a Vancouver-based dealer of luxury yachts.
  • Counsel to Purcell Basin Minerals Inc. in its successful restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act involving the Bul River Mine near Cranbrook, British Columbia.
  • Counsel to The Bowra Group, Inc., the monitor in the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act filing of Crailar Technologies Inc., a Vancouver-based developer and manufacturer of hemp fabrics with operations in the United States and Belgium.
  • Counsel to Shinewing (Hong Kong), bankruptcy trustee, in the liquidation of significant shareholdings of the estate in a privately held British Columbia real-estate company.
  • Counsel to the Bowra Group Inc. as receiver of Sable Fish Canada Inc. a fish farmer with operations at Saltspring Island and Kyuquot Sound, British Columbia.
  • Litigation counsel to mineral property developer Tasman Metals Ltd. in regard to its combination with Flinders Resources Limited by way of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (BC).
  • Counsel to the Stapleton Group as United States Chapter 11 plan administrator in regard to the liquidation of estate assets in British Columbia and prosecuting a claim for the recovery of estate funds paid to Canadian residents.
  • Counsel to the Stanfield Mining Group of companies, a widely held private mining company, in its successful restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
  • Counsel to three major Canadian chartered banks and numerous non-bank lenders with regard to the enforcement and recovery of large portfolios of small to mid-size secured loans and leases.