Peter Howard is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, including securities law, class actions, commercial contracts, oppression and other types of shareholder and/or joint venture litigation and insolvency matters. Peter also has extensive experience in arbitrations, mediation and alternate dispute resolution.
Peter has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and the trial and appellate levels of courts in Ontario as well as numerous administrative tribunals including the Ontario Securities Commission. He has also appeared in the Courts of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Peter was Assistant Commission Counsel to The Honourable Mr. Justice Estey at the Royal Commission into the collapse of CCB and Northland Bank and Commission Counsel to the Inquiry into the Events at Queen’s Park on March 18, 1996 (the OPSEU-OPP Confrontation).
Peter’s recent litigation, arbitration and mediation mandates include acting for Barclays Bank plc; Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.; Livent Inc.; the receiver of YBM Magnex Inc.; the monitor of Ivaco Inc.; asset providers in ABCP restructuring; Frank Stronach in various matters including the plan of arrangement of Magna International Inc.; and in the appellate matters in the Air Canada restructuring. His class actions experience includes acting for Tim Hortons Inc., Menu Foods and Sunbeam Canada.
Peter is a member of the Canadian Bar Association. He has participated as a lecturer at the Bar Admission Course for the Law Society of Upper Canada and in numerous panels and conferences on advocacy skills, insolvency, securities, banking and commercial litigation.
Peter is the author of numerous papers on insolvency and securities matters including papers on lender liability and securities law reform.
From 1975 to 1980, Peter was a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team and a silver medallist at the Pan Am Games in 1975. He has been a white-water kayak instructor and a director of Hedge Road Press Limited, a small Canadian publishing corporation.