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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.

2013-14 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.

Michele Ballagh
Mark Giavedoni 905-523-5666 
Paul J. Dixon
Nicholas N. Fur 905-332-0303
Hussein A. Hamdani
905-528-8411 x.336
John F. C. Hammond
John Loukidelis  289-799-8530
Michael J. McHugh 905-549-4676
Andrew D. Pringle
905-648-1851 x.327
Thomas J. Rocchi
Alex Ross 905-540-3243
Adam Savaglio 905-523-1333
Ryan Smith
Pam Vermeersch
Ronald J. Weston
905-639-8881 x.3656

HLA Corporate Commercial Events

The Corporate Commercial Subcommittee welcomes suggestions and ideas for future seminar topics. Please contact Michele Ballagh at 905-572-9300 or


September 16

Sub.: 1h 15m Prof.: n/a 

HLA CPD Roundtable Session "Trademarks Revised"

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
John Sopinka Courthouse – 5th Floor Boardroom
45 Main Street East, Hamilton 


For more information, please contact Dana Brown at 905-522-1563.

October 23

Sub.: 3h Prof.: 1h

HLA Corporate Commercial Seminar

9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
The Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, Centre/East Ballroom
116 King Street West, Hamilton



For more information, please contact Dana Brown at 905-522-1563.

January 13

CPD Roundtable Session "Shareholder Agreements & Income Tax Issues"

For more information, please contact Dana Brown at 905-522-1563.

March 11

HLA Solicitors' Dinner

For more information, please contact Riane Leonard 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 Dana Brown 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.

Update on Timing of Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act

Jan 24, 2013
On September 26, 2012, the Province updated its targeted date for implementation of the new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010, Bill 65 to July 1, 2013. Existing not-for-profit corporations will have a three-year transition period once the Act is in effect. It is anticipated that the Province will have the default by-laws and the guide for the transition in place shortly.

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


Naming a Business - What's What?

Ryan K. Smith 579.08 KB Download
Tax News A Warning from the Court

John Loukidelis543.00 KB Download
Copyright and Non-Literal Copying

Michele Ballagh1.01 MB Download
AntiSpam Article Dec 5 2013 - Updated

 227.04 KB Download
Trade-mark Law: Sports Radio talks about Raising a Trade-mark from the Dead
April 2013

Ryan Smith444.27 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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