Recognition

Associate Counsel
2022 Best Lawyers® in Canada– Ones to Watch (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)
Associate Counsel
2021 The Legal 500 Canada (Dispute Resolution – Rising Star)

Education

  • LL.B. 2009, Dalhousie University

Bar Admission

  • 2015 Admitted to the Alberta Bar
  • 2010 Admitted to Nova Scotia Bar

Ian is a member of the firm’s Business Disputes and Maritime Practice Groups.

Ian is a commercial litigator with a focus on dispute resolution in the transportation sector. Ian has acted as counsel in litigation and arbitrations involving cargo, casualty, construction, and contract claims relating to all modes of transportation.

Ian also has ample experience in the energy sector, including representing midstream, energy, and oilfield services companies in commercial and construction-related disputes.

In addition to his transportation and energy law practice, Ian has experience in a variety of areas and industries, such as banking and securities, construction, municipal, insolvency, administrative, and Aboriginal law.

Ian has acted as counsel in matters before all levels of the Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Federal Courts.

Before joining Alexander Holburn, Ian practiced at one of Canada’s leading business law firms, where he gained extensive experience in dispute resolution. Prior to that, Ian clerked at the Federal Court of Canada and practiced at a major regional firm in Atlantic Canada.

Ian has also acted as pro bono counsel for refugee claimants before the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court, and he has volunteered with Pro Bono Law Alberta’s Civil Claims Duty Counsel and Queen’s Bench Amicus programs.

On A Personal Note...

Ian loves sailing Lake Ontario in the summer and downhill skiing in the Rocky Mountains in winter. He also enjoys walking his dog Millie and going for the occasional run.

Representative Experience

  • Acting as counsel for shippers and carriers in arbitrations and litigation involving shipments that were cancelled or misdelivered, and cargo that was spoiled or damaged
  • Acting for and advising municipalities in disputes regarding the construction of light rail transit systems
  • Acting for a major railway in a variety of disputes, including derailments, cargo claims, crossing disputes, property damage, and personal injury matters
  • Acting as counsel in disputes regarding the construction of pipeline, rail, and multimodal infrastructure
  • Acting as co-counsel for refinery and pipeline owners in disputes regarding refinery outages, capacity issues, and contractual disputes
  • Representing clients in the financial and energy sectors in matters involving fraud and other serious misconduct
  • Representing business owners, developers, and landowners before municipal appeal boards and councils, including for cannabis store development permits, and in litigation with municipalities and provincial governments
  • Acting as co-counsel in the Clyde River v Attorney General of Canada Supreme Court of Canada appeal regarding the duty to consult Aboriginal peoples
  • Acting for manufacturers and owners of heavy equipment involved in incidents during construction and operation
  • Acting as counsel for a major petroleum producer and shipper in judicial review proceedings
  • Advising product manufacturers and petroleum producers regarding standard terms and conditions for shipping and crewing contracts
  • Defending financial institutions and financial advisors against investment loss and similar claims, and advising companies responding to securities and related investigations
  • Acting for applicants and respondents in applications for judicial review from a number of provincial and federal decision-makers

Publications

  • October 22, 2021, “Hottest Ticket in Town: M&A Events in the Rail Industry Today“, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association (CTLA) – 2021 Annual General Meeting & Educational Conference, Speaker
  • May 26, 2020, “The New Normal of Commercial Litigation: Moving Forward Effectively and Cost-Efficiently” webinar, Panelist
  • September 27, 2017, “The Role of Regulatory Tribunals in Aboriginal  Consultation: Decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada in Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum Geo Services Inc. and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation”, Administrative Law Section Meeting, Canadian Bar Association, Co-Presenter
  • 2015, “An Unfinished Dance: The Steps Needed to Complete the Summary Judgment Culture Shift”, Annual Review of Civil Litigation, Co-Author
  • 2015, “Canadian Maritime Law Update: 2015”, Canadian Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Co-Author
  • 2013, “Canadian Maritime Law Update: 2013”, Canadian Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Co-Author

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • The Advocates’ Society, Member, 10+ Committee, Anti-Racism Working Group, Inclusive Pronouns Working Group, and co-producer of the Friends Who Argue podcast
  • Canadian Maritime Law Association, Member, and Members of the Arctic Issues, Federal Court Act and Rules, and Limitation of Liabilities Committees, Member
  • Eastern Admiralty Law Association, Member
  • Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association, Member
  • The Hamilton Bay Sailing Club, Member and Large Boat Captain
  • The Cure Starts Now Canada, Corporate Secretary