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About Sophie

Sophie has a broad commercial and civil litigation practice. Sophie's experience covers a variety of areas, including corporate litigation, insurance litigation, professional liability, class actions, insolvency and restructuring, Indigenous matters, and oil and gas litigation. She takes a practical approach to the litigation process and has experience resolving litigation matters through alternative dispute resolution.

Sophie has appeared before all levels of courts in Alberta and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and has assisted with matters before the Federal Court of Canada.

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Representative matters in which Sophie has been involved include:

  • Successfully representing an energy company in a C$65-million expedited private arbitration that progressed from notice of arbitration to final award within 2.5 months

  • Successfully obtaining Summary Dismissal at the Alberta Court of King's Bench of an action brought by a landlord against a parent corporation in relation to a commercial lease entered into by its subsidiary

  • Representing an employer in an action against employees for breach of an employment agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, and the use of confidential information

  • Representing an international crude oil and natural gas producer as a creditor in CCAA proceedings to successfully exempt certain assets from inclusion in proceedings

  • Advising insurer-side parties on coverage disputes involving limitation periods, interpretation of policy provisions, peril exclusions, and liability coverage

  • Representing an administrative body in the statutory interpretation of its bylaws and interaction with its enabling statute in order to resolve board disputes

  • Representing the chief of a First Nation in an action for allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and inter-band governance disputes

Recent reported decisions in which Sophie has been involved include:

  • 1533794 Alberta Ltd. v. Sintana Energy Inc. (Mobius Resources Inc.), 2019 ABQB 647;

  • Dirk v. Toews, 2019 ABQB 176; and

  • Dirk v. Toews, 2020 ABQB 16
Awards & Recognition

Sophie has been recognized in the following publications:

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada 2024 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law)

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada 2023 (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law)

Professional Activities

Sophie volunteers with the Civil Claims Duty Counsel Program and the King's Bench Amicus Program, where she provides pro bono legal services to unrepresented litigants. She is on the board of directors of the Association of Women Lawyers and volunteers with the Silver Linings Foundation.

Sophie is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Calgary Bar Association and The Advocates' Society.

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker : Comply with Regulatory Demands & “Waive” Goodbye to Privilege?
    Blakes Presentation to In-House Counsel, June 11, 2024.
  • Speaker : Common Insurance Issues in the Construction Industry
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, June 4, 2024.
  • Speaker : Consumer Protection Class Actions in Canada
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, February 22, 2024.
  • Speaker : Business Disputes: Key Canadian Rulings of 2023
    Episode 30, Blakes Sound Business Podcast, December 20, 2023.
  • Co-speaker : Legal & Class Action Update Panel
    Calgary Risk and Insurance Education Forum: Insurance and the Energy Industry - A Look-Ahead to 2023, Calgary, Alberta, February 13, 2023.
  • Speaker : The Art and Science of Settling Litigation and Arbitration
    Blakes Presentation to In-House Counsel, National Webcast, November 5, 2021.
Media Activities
  • Interviewed : Virtual arbitral hearings: Arbitrations are proceeding remotely with 'enormous financial savings'
    Article by Elizabeth Raymer, Canadian Lawyer, March 2, 2021.

Intensive Trial Advocacy Course, Osgoode Hall Law School – 2022
Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 2017
JD, University of Calgary – 2016
BSc (With Distinction), University of Victoria – 2010

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