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Corporate Commercial Subcommittee

The HLA's Corporate Commercial Subcommittee exists to advise on matters pertaining to Corporate Commercial Law that are relevant to the HLA Board or Committees, and Hamilton area Corporate Commercial lawyers.

The Subcommittee meets six times per year on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. at the John Sopinka Court House - 5th Floor Boardroom. Those interested in joining the Subcommittee are invited to contact the Chair.


  1. To provide a forum for discussion of topics of interest to members of the corporate and commercial bar.
  2. To organize and promote CPD topics of interest to the members of the corporate and commercial bar.
  3. To advocate on matters of interest to members of the corporate and commercial bar.
  4. To develop ways to interact with other practice areas of the local bar and related professionals.

2015-16 Committee Members

Looking for an opinion or guidance on a corporate commercial matter? The following members of the HLA Corporate Commercial Subcommittee are available by phone or email.

David van der Woerd  905-572-5803
Michele Ballagh
Mark Giavedoni 905-523-5666 
Nicholas N. Fur 905-332-0303
Hussein A. Hamdani
905-528-8411 x.336
John F. C. Hammond
David Henderson  905-527-6877
David W. Howell 905-523-5666
John Loukidelis  289-799-8530
Michael J. McHugh 905-549-4676
David Mifsud  905-525-3652
Andrew D. Pringle
905-648-1851 x.327
Thomas J. Rocchi
Alex Ross 905-540-3243
Ryan Smith
Pam Vermeersch

HLA Corporate Commercial Events

The Corporate Commercial Subcommittee welcomes suggestions and ideas for future seminar topics. Please contact David van der Woerd at 905-526-9800 or


March 03

HLA Solicitors' Dinner

Cocktails at 5:30 p.m | Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The Hamilton Club
6 Main Street East, Hamilton


For more information, please contact Mackenzie Faus at 905-522-1563


Written materials from past HLA Corporate Commercial Law Seminars are available in PDF format, free of charge, to members of the Ontario bar.  Please contact Mackenzie Faus at 905-522-1563 or to request materials.

Click on a seminar title below to view a list of available materials.

  • Corporate Commercial Law Seminar (November 22, 2012)

  • Corporate Commercial Law Seminar: Corporate Law Fundamentals (November 24, 2011)

  • CPD Roundtable "Commercial Transactions & Agreements: Intellectual Property Issues" (March 22, 2011)

  • CPD Roundtable "Harmonized Sales Tax is Coming to Ontario: Are You Ready?" (May 17 & May 26, 2010)

  • CPD Roundtable "Legislative Update: Recent Amendments to Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act and Canada Corporations Act" (January 27, 2010)

  • Corporate Commercial Law Seminar (November 4, 2010)

  • Corporate Commercial Law Seminar: Practical Advice for Business Lawyers (November 5, 2009)

  • Emerging Issues in Corporate Commercial Law (November 20, 2008)

Written materials from the above HLA Corporate Commercial Seminars are available in the HLA's Library Collection. Certain materials may also be available for purchase.  Please contact the HLA staff at 905-522-1563 for further information.

Selected Corporate Commercial Library Resources

Please click on a topic below to view a list of selected resources available in the HLA Library.
For additional resources, please consult the online catalogue at

  • General Titles

  • Annotated Acts

  • Precedents (Hardcopy and/or Electronic)

  • Continuing Legal Education Materials

  • Specific Titles

Recent HLA Journal Articles


Copyright Act Update - Michele Ballagh

 1.20 MB Download
The Dangers of Copy and Paste Judicial Reasons for Judgement - van der Woerd and Hito

 1.96 MB Download
The Effective Use of ADR in Commercial Disputes - Charles Criminisi

 671.55 KB Download
Information Technology's Independent Contractors - Ryan Smith

 3.79 MB Download
Legislative Amendments - Valerie Edward

 766.70 KB Download


Additional Links and Resources

Please click on a topic below to view a list of additional links and resources.

The Hamilton Law Association

John Sopinka Court House
45 Main Street East, Suite 500
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 2B7

Phone: 905-522-1563
Fax: 905-572-1188

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