International Fitness Holdings Inc., International Fitness Holdings LP, and World Health North LP, which operated 21 fitness clubs and CrossFit studios in Calgary and Edmonton, were deemed bankrupt on July 8. The companies had previously filed NOIs to, among other things, effect the sale of their assets to Ayrfit West Inc. and certain related parties, as purchasers, following a strategic process run by MNP. The sale closed on June 18 and the companies were deemed bankrupt on July 8 after the extension period expired and no proposal was filed. KPMG is the bankruptcy trustee. Counsel is Osler for KPMG and BLG for the purchaser.
ADG Architectural Design Group Inc., a Markham, Ontario-based architectural firm specializing in design, building programming, and urban design, filed for bankruptcy on June 28, listing approximately $145.4 thousand in liabilities, including $34 thousand to CRA. The company attributes its financial difficulties primarily to operational inefficiencies coupled with financial stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic. MNP is the bankruptcy trustee.
Bel-Habitat Inc. and Bel-Habitat 2 Inc., Laval, Quebec-based construction companies, filed for bankruptcy on June 28, respectively listing $26.0 million and $14.7 million in liabilities. Bel-Habitat Inc. owes $1.5 million to the Bank of Canada and Bel-Habitat 2 Inc. owes $5 million to Gestion Yves Carbonneau et fils Inc. and $5 million to Stratégie S.I.M.A Inc. Raymond Chabot is the bankruptcy trustee.
Ryding Regency Meat Packers, a Toronto, Ontario-based meat processing company, filed for bankruptcy on June 15, listing approximately $5.2 million in assets and $10.4 million in liabilities, including $7.4 million to Tri-Pet Holdings Incorporated. In 2019, the company closed after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ("CFIA") revoked its processing licence due to ongoing food safety concerns. On June 10, 2021, the CFIA laid charges against the company for various alleged offences of the Safe Food for Canadians Act and the Food and Drugs Act. Schwartz Levitsky Feldman is the bankruptcy trustee.
Team Syntegrity Americas Inc., a Toronto, Ontario-based provider of business consultancy services, filed for bankruptcy on June 11, listing approximately $15.7 million in liabilities, including approximately $14.6 million to RTI International ("RTI"), a North Carolina-based leading non-profit research institute, and RTI Syntegrity ("RTIS"). In June 2016, the company was acquired by RTI, which subsequently incorporated RTIS to be the direct owner of 100% of the company's shares as part of the acquisition. Since this acquisition, RTI has funded the company's sustained losses. In May, however, RTI notified the company's board of directors that it would cease funding the company at the end of the month. KPMG is the bankruptcy trustee. Torys is counsel for KPMG.
The Estate of Paul Zigomanis (the "Estate") was placed into bankruptcy on June 10 by Farber, the estate trustee during litigation, for the general benefit of creditors. In April 2015, Paul Zigomanis was killed as a result of an explosion that destroyed the home in which he was living. The estate is insolvent and the bankruptcy filing was initiated in order to conduct a claims process and facilitate a distribution to creditors. Farber is the bankruptcy trustee.
Datawind Inc. (aka Jeotex Corporation and aka Jeotex Inc. ("Jeotex")), a Mississauga, Ontario-based developer and manufacturer of low-cost tablet computers and smartphones, was adjudged bankrupt on June 10 on application by Greenwoods GRM LLP ("Greenwood"), a UK-based judgment creditor of the company. In 2017, Greenwood commenced a claim against Jeotex for unpaid legal fees and the UK High Court granted judgment in favour of Greenwood (the "Judgment"). In 2018, Greenwood enforced the Judgment in Ontario, which Jeotex unsuccessfully attempted to appeal. In 2019, Greenwood then filed a bankruptcy application against Jeotex in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. At the time the application was filed, Jeotex had ceased making rent payments to its landlord in Quebec and was ordered by the Court to remedy its default or face eviction. Jeotex failed to abide by the Court order and was subsequently evicted from the property. Despite obtaining several Court orders within the UK and Ontario, Greenwood has been unable to collect on the Judgment for the past four years. Greenwood has also continued to incur costs unnecessarily due to Jeotex's attempts to litigate matters that, in Greenwood's view, had no merit or chance of success. In order to protect the interest of creditors, Greenwood sought a bankruptcy order to allow for the equitable distribution of Jeotex's assets and its subsidiaries in the UK, India, and the United States. Albert Gelman Inc. is the bankruptcy trustee. Counsel is Macdonald Sager Manis for Greenwood and Page Martin for the company.
2104678 Ontario Inc. (aka Yorkdale Hardwood Flooring Centre), a Toronto, Ontario-based wholesaler and retailer of flooring and hardware supplies, filed for bankruptcy on May 27, listing approximately $531.8 thousand in liabilities and $177 thousand in assets. The company attributes its insolvency to two main factors: (1) a reduced customer base during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in an inability to pay vendors; and (2) uncertainty of being able to extend its lease past the expiry on June 2021 given that the building is up for sale. Farber is the bankruptcy trustee.
MetalsTech Terre des Montagnes Lithium Inc. and MetalsTech Wells-Lacourciere Lithium Inc., Montreal, Quebec-based lithium exploration companies, filed for bankruptcy on May 20, respectively owing approximately $1.9 million and $492.2 thousand to MetalsTech Limited, an Australian headquartered company that controls a developing portfolio of early stage, hard-rock exploration projects in Quebec. MetalsTech Project Generation Lithium Inc. and MetalsTech Kapiwak Lithium Inc. filed for bankruptcy on May 21, respectively owing approximately $327.5 thousand and $12.7 thousand to MetalsTech Limited. PwC is the bankruptcy trustee for each of the bankruptcy proceedings.
Model Panel Manufacturing Ltd., an Edmonton, Alberta-based construction company, was adjudged bankrupt on May 7 on application by TNT MPM Holdings Inc. EY is the bankruptcy trustee. Miller Thomson is counsel to the applicant.