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Pamela Huff

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Some of the cases on the public record in which Pam has been involved include acting for:

  • The court-appointed monitor on the CCAA proceedings of JTI-Macdonald Corp., involving over C$600-billion of claims asserted against it and the Canadian tobacco industry

  • Carillion Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Carillion plc, one of Canada's largest integrated construction support services and facilities management enterprises based in Ontario, which at the time of the commencement of its CCAA proceedings employed approximately 7,500 individuals across Canada

  • The Plan Administrator for the Sears Canada Pension Plan in the CCAA liquidation of Sears Canada

  • The monitor on the CCAA proceedings of certain Urbancorp condominium developments

  • The lending syndicate on the CCAA proceedings of Endurance Energy Ltd.

  • The lending syndicate on the cross-border CCAA/Chapter 15 restructuring proceedings of Sanjel Group

  • The monitor of Express Canada on the CCAA proceedings and liquidation of its retail fashion stores in Canada

  • The secured creditor in its successful credit bid for the Trump International Hotel and Tower

  • The monitor of Co-op Atlantic on the sale of its assets and successful restructuring plan

  • The monitor and subsequent receiver of First Leaside Group

  • The monitor of the multi-use condominium/retail development of Mady Collier Centre Ltd.

  • The debtors, Québec Lithium Inc. and RB Energy Inc., et al., on their proceedings under the CCAA

  • A Canadian securities firm on the cross-border liquidation of Montaque Capital Partners Limited

  • The debtor, Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. on its restructuring and subsequent sale process

  • The acquisition lender on the successful restructuring of Canwest Publishing Group

  • The DIP lenders, which provided the C$1-billion DIP facility in favour of Quebecor

  • Significant stakeholders on cross-border engagements, including U.S. Steel, Nortel, General Motors, Bombay Furniture, Pope & Talbot, and Destinator Technologies

  • The court-appointed receiver of Kraus Inc., Kraus Canada Inc. and Strudex Fibres Limited on the credit bid sale of the business

  • The senior secured creditor and court-appointed receiver on the insolvency and subsequent sale of The Rosseau, a luxury condominium hotel, conference centre and spa, and Canada's first JW Marriott Resort and Spa

  • The debtors in Linens n' Things Canada, SemCanada Crude, and Athletes World

  • Aircraft lessors and secured creditors on most of the Canadian airline insolvencies, including Canadian Airlines, Canada 3000, Air Canada and Skyservice

Awards & Recognition

Pamela is recognized as a leading Canadian restructuring and insolvency lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (Restructuring/Insolvency) (Band 1)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2020 and 2021 (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law)

  • Benchmark Canada: Top 50 Women in Canada for 2020

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2018 and 2020 (Litigation Star - Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2019 and 2020 (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Restructuring/Insolvency) (Band 1)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 (Leading Lawyer in Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada - 2017 and 2020 (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring)

  • Benchmark Canada: Insolvency Litigator of the Year - 2019 and 2020

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Restructuring & Insolvency 2019

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • Who's Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency 2019

  • IFLR1000: Women Leaders 2019

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms - 2019 Edition (Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2017 Edition (Leading Lawyer - Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2015

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2015 Edition (National Litigation Star: Insolvency; Local Litigation Star: Ontario - Insolvency)

  • Lexpert's Special Edition on Leading Corporate Lawyers, June 2014

In 2011, Pamela received the Women in Restructuring Mentorship Award presented by the Turnaround Management Association (Toronto Chapter). In 2012, she was recognized by the Turnaround Management Association (Toronto Chapter) as a Trailblazer for Women in Restructuring.

Professional Activities

Pamela is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee.

Outside of Blakes, she is involved with a number of committees, including as a member of the Commercial List Users' Committee of the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario), a panel of senior practitioners and judges of the specialized Commercial List that develops model orders and best practices and serves as a liaison between the bench and bar.

In addition, Pamela is the president of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. She is also a member and past vice-president of the Turnaround Management Association (Toronto Chapter), a past chair of the Insolvency Section of the Ontario Bar Association, a member of the International Insolvency Institute, American Bankruptcy Institute, INSOL International, the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation and The Advocates' Society.

Pamela has been a special lecturer for the advanced business law program at Windsor Law School. In 2000 and 2007, she was retained by Industry Canada as an adjudicator for the Trustee in Bankruptcy Licensing Oral Boards. She is a frequent author and speaker on insolvency topics.

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Talk with the Titans
    Turnaround Management Association NextGen Lunch and Learn, Toronto, Ontario, February 20, 2019.
  • Panellist: Restructuring and Insolvency: A Cross-Country Year in Review
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, January 23, 2019.
  • Panellist: Debate on Changes to the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act
    2018 Insolvency & Restructuring Exchange, Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, Toronto, Ontario, October 28, 2018.
  • Moderator: Future Political Issues
    Turnaround Management Association Symposium, April 17, 2018.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1987
LL.B., University of Toronto - 1985
B.A., University of Toronto - 1982

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