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Oliver is a trial and appellate lawyer, and Chair of the Commercial Litigation Group at Hamilton Duncan. Oliver is widely recognized for delivering winning results for clients involved in complex business disputes and time-sensitive bet-the-company commercial matters. For over 17 years, across both Alberta and British Columbia, Oliver has regularly been retained by public and private corporations, partnerships, shareholders, directors, officers, boards, special committees and professional advisors in a wide range of litigation matters affecting businesses in every industry, including:

  • director and officer liability;
  • media and defamation matters;
  • disputes related to corporate governance and shareholder rights;
  • fraud and conspiracy claims;
  • partnership and joint venture disputes;
  • real property and land use issues; and
  • securities litigation and securities related frauds.


Most notably, Oliver is legal counsel to the House of Commons of Canada.

Oliver also provides advice to local First Nation governments and individual council members on a variety of governance matters, including the structure and relationships between indigenous governments, their administrations and their businesses; government procedure; fiduciary duties of bands and band councillors; and conflicts of interest rules.

As a foray into public life and service, Oliver was elected as a trustee of the Vancouver School Board (VSB) in 2018, and was appointed Chair of the VSB Finance Committee and co-Chair of the Vancouver Joint Child Care Council.

Outside of work, Oliver spends his time volunteering with South Vancouver Little League, enjoying the various eateries of Vancouver’s Fraserhood, and otherwise chasing after his three energetic childre

Work Highlights

Corporate Governance and Shareholder Rights

  • Counsel for the majority shareholder of a gold placer mine in northern British Columbia with respect to a dispute regarding the management and operations of the mine: Ward Western Holdings Corp. v. Brosseuk, 2021 BCSC 919 (dismissal of an interlocutory injunction and appointment of a receiver); leave to appeal granted: Ward Western Holdings Corp. v. Brosseuk, 2021 BCCA 390.
  • Counsel for an Alberta company in a shareholder dispute over the ownership and control of a commercial property in Victoria, B.C.: Todd Properties Inc. v. The Alliance Blue Corporation, 2019 ABQB 535.
  • Co-counsel for group of joint venturers in successfully opposing the appointment of a judicial trustee and receiver over lands in Wheatland, Alberta: Wheatland Industrial Park Inc. (Re.), 2013 BCSC 27.
  • Counsel for the majority shareholder of a health and wellness clinic in the successful prosecution of a claim for oppression and injunctive relief.


Securities Litigation

  • Successful defence of a minority shareholder from allegations of proxy solicitation and other breaches of the Alberta Securities Act: Karnalyte Resources Inc. v. Phinney, 2020 ABQB 119; 2021 ABQB 26 (costs).
  • Co-counsel for LML Payments Systems Inc. (“LML”) to obtain court approval of a plan of arrangement under the B.C. Business Corporations Act, wherein LML was successfully acquired by Digital River Inc. for $103 million.


Media and Defamation

  • Lead counsel in a defamation action between extended family members in a successful summary trial application for general and aggravated damages, as well as a permanent injunction: Marion v. Louie, 2021 BCSC 424.
  • Counsel for a member of the Lytton First Nation in a successful application to dismiss a defamation claim for want of prosecution: Northwest Organics, Limited Partnership v. Sam, 2017 BCSC 1088; upheld on appeal 2018 BCCA 70.


Mortgages and Foreclosures

  • Obtained an order nisi of foreclosure in a highly contentious dispute where the mortgagor alleged that the mortgage was not binding due to duress and a lack of independent legal advice; Isherwood v. Sauve, 2015 BCSC 2171.


Other Commercial Matters

  • Counsel for a B.C. company in a successful appeal of a Master’s decision holding that the company waived solicitor-client privilege over certain communications with its former solicitors: GJS Capital Corp. v. Kirkham, 2018 BCSC 1738.
  • Counsel for a property developer in a successful application to resist a consolidation order: Wheatland Industrial Park Joint Venture v. Sao, 2017 BCSC 2109.
  • Counsel for Lytton First Nation in a successful application to compel cross­ examination of a witness: Revolution Infrastructure Inc. v. Lytton First Nation, 2016 BCSC 2586.
  • Co-counsel for a property developer in a successful application for security for costs: Wheatland Industrial Park Joint Venture v. Soo, 2016 BCSC 508.
  • Counsel for one of the beneficial owners of a townhouse complex in Maple Ridge, B. C. in a successful application for a stay of court proceedings in favour of arbitration: Gulak v. Breckenridge, 2015 BCSC 153.
  • Counsel for an Ontario-based importer and fabricator of fine marble, granite and quartz in a successful application to stay court proceedings on the basis of forum non conveniens: Colonial Countertops Ltd. v. Maple Terrazzo Marble & Tile Incorporated, 2014 BCSC 752.
  • Counsel for a proposed individual defendant in an application to amend pleadings and to add a counterclaim after a trial date was scheduled: Sumel v. Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., 2011 BCSC 1880.


  • Law Society of Alberta (2005)
  • Law Society of British Columbia (2010)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Vancouver Club

Practice Areas

Business Law Practice Areas


  • LL.B, University of Alberta (2004)
  • B.A, Simon Fraser University (2001)

Bar Locations

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia