Benjamin La Borie

Associate Counsel| Benjamin La Borie practices primarily as a commercial litigator with a focus on insolvency and restructuring litigation. He has represented clients before all levels of court in both British Columbia and Ontario, as well as at various administrative and regulatory tribunals.

Ben has experience in a wide variety of matters, including proceedings under the Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, banking litigation, fraud and Ponzi scheme claims, large class-action claims, shareholder disputes, creditors’ rights and recovery, mortgage disputes, professional liability, construction litigation, estate litigation, and general commercial litigation. He has acted for secured and unsecured creditors, lenders, trustees, monitors and debtors in both litigious matters as well as transactions. He also has experience in complex multi-party negotiation and mediation.

He is a former Director of the Northwest Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association.

Ben joined Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP in 2014 as Associate Counsel after practicing with national firms both in in Toronto and Vancouver. He is an avid guitar player and singer and has played in bands in and around Vancouver.


  • Dalhousie University, L.L.B.
  • University of British Columbia, B.A. Honours.


“Insolvency and Corporate Disputes: What IP and Tech Counsel Need to Know”, CBA Insolvency and Tech Law Subsection, June 28, 2018.

“Bankruptcy and Family Law – Sour Grapes.” Canadian Association of Insolvency Professionals National Conference, August 24, 2017.

“Family Law and Bankruptcy.” CBA Bankruptcy and Insolvency Subsection meeting, December 6, 2016.

“Family Law and Bankruptcy.” CLEBC Bankruptcy and Insolvency Seminar, April 22, 2016.

“Asset Protection or Fraud? Ethics and the Insolvent Client.” CLEBC Bankruptcy and Insolvency Seminar, October 29, 2014.

“To Forbear or Not: The Inevitable Question.” Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2012 (Toronto: Carswell, 2013).

“Asset Sale Developments in Canada and the U.S. – Section 36 CCAA, Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors, Section 363 Sales and Chapter 11 Liquidations Turnaround Management Annual Cross-Border Conference, September 9, 2011.

“Show Me the Money!,” Rebuilding Success, the official magazine of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, Vol. 10, Issue 2.

“WEPPA and the ‘Reality of the Workplace’ – The British Columbia Court of Appeal Affirms the Ted Leroy Trucking Decision”, Commercial Insolvency Reporter, Volume 22, Number 5, June 2010.


  • Protected a bankrupt estate from constructive trust claims of a creditor
  • Represented parties in multiple CCAA proceedings
  • Provided strategic advice to clients with respect to a multi-million dollar fraud trial
  • Successfully appealed a lower-court summary trial foreclosure judgment of over $25 million
  • Lender’s counsel on a parallel personal and corporate bankruptcy
  • Counsel for directors and shareholders on numerous oppression and other disputes
  • Defended a client with respect to quasi-criminal offences under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
  • Trustee’s counsel with respect to Division One Proposal proceedings involving a multi-unit residential complex
  • Counsel for charted banks on receivership applications
  • Appeared on behalf of Crown corporations in administrative tribunal hearings

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