February 19, 2021
Watershed Solutions Inc. (“WSI”), a British Columbia-based consulting firm, was placed in receivership on February 19 on application by Street Quality Entertainment Ltd. (“SQE”), owed approximately $5.9 million. Prior to COVID-19, WSI, which had offices in Victoria, Toronto, and New York, consisted of a co-working division and consulting division to its core business. However, the co-working division ceased operations prior to the receivership appointment due to various pandemic-related indoor working rules and protocols. Between 2015 and 2017, SQE made advances totaling $4.0 million to WSI under a loan agreement. Although SQE initially agreed to forbear on enforcement when the agreement came to term in 2018, it has recently concluded it is no longer prepared to continue to forbear on its enforcement and has demanded full repayment of WSI's indebtedness. However, WSI is unable to repay SQE as it is out of cash. It is the intention of the receiver to continue operations of the consulting division given that there are still existing contracts. SQE's hope is that the receiver will also run a SISP for WSI and that this process will generate some recovery under the loan agreement. Grant Thornton was appointed receiver. Counsel is DLA Piper for the applicant and Lawson Lundell for the receiver.