Datawind Inc. (aka Jeotex Corporation and aka Jeotex Inc. (“Jeotex”))

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.

SafetyTek Software Ltd.

SafetyTek Software Ltd., a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based company that provides digital workplace safety management software to manage subcontractors, filed an NOI on May 13, listing approximately $2.2 million in liabilities, including $1 million to Conexus Venture Capital Fund. EY is the proposal trustee. DLA Piper is counsel for the company.

Brant Telephone Inc.

Brant Telephone Inc., a Burlington, Ontario-based telecommunications interconnect company, filed an NOI on December 11, 2020 and a proposal to its creditors on January 6, 2021. The company was founded in the 1980s and grew into an integrator of Unified Communications and Contact Centre solutions concentrating in Avaya premise-based systems. The company lists approximately $2.1 million in liabilities. Albert Gelman is the proposal trustee. Counsel is WeirFoulds for the proposal trustee and Keyser Mason Ball for the company.


Juch-Tech, a Hamilton, Ontario-based company that provides satellite broadcast and internet transmission and uplink services, was placed in receivership on December 9 on application by New Skies Satellites B.V. ("New Skies"), owed approximately $10.4 million (USD) under a Master Services Agreement. A portion of the company's indebtedness is secured by a General Security Agreement. The company has defaulted on various obligations to New Skies, including failing to pay outstanding service fees and engaging in a pattern of improper conduct, such as unauthorized use of New Skies' satellites. Over the past few months, the company has completely ignored numerous demand notices and requests for information made by New Skies. In addition, New Skies has discovered that the company appears to have moved assets that are subject to the General Security Agreement to a property owned by a related company, possibly to frustrate efforts by New Skies to enforce its security interest. KSV was appointed Receiver. Counsel is Osler for the applicant and Norton Rose Fulbright for the Receiver

reDock Inc.

reDock Inc., an Ottawa, Ontario-based startup that created an AI-powered proposal search engine, filed for bankruptcy on October 23, listing approximately $2.8 million in liabilities. Raymond Chabot is the bankruptcy trustee.

Greenfire Oil and Gas Ltd. and Greenfire Hangingstone Operating Corporation

Greenfire Oil and Gas Ltd. and Greenfire Hangingstone Operating Corporation, Calgary, Alberta-based energy technology companies focused on the development of in-situ oil sands projects, filed NOIs on October 8, respectively listing $8.3 million and $17.8 million in liabilities. Starting in the first quarter of 2020, the sole marketer of the bitumen produced at the companies' facility failed to make payment on over 300,000 barrels of bitumen that the companies had produced. This resulted in a severe working capital and liquidity shortage, leading to the termination of all employees in May 2020. In addition, the companies' strategic process has been complicated by the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. Alvarez & Marsal is the proposal trustee. Counsel is Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer for the companies, McMillan for the proposal trustee and Blakes for secured lender, Summit Partners.

Urthecast Corp. (TSX:UR)

Urthecast Corp. (TSX:UR), a Vancouver, British Columbia-based Big Data services company specializing in satellite imaging, data services, and geo-analytics, obtained protection under the CCAA on September 4, listing approximately $151.3 million in liabilities and $126.6 million in assets. The company is well-known for operating two cameras on the Russian segment of the International Space Station. Historically, the company has been able to manage its required ongoing financing by obtaining secured bridge financing from its current group of secured creditors. Lately, however, the company has needed extensive funding to execute on projects still in development. In addition, the company's regular financing requirements have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected sales, the collection of receivables, and delayed the company in achieving payment milestones in connection with engineering and services contracts. EY was appointed monitor. Bennett Jones is counsel to the company.

Wire IE (Canada) Inc.

Wire IE (Canada) Inc., a Mississauga, Ontario-based company in the business of building and managing data and telecommunications networks for underserved markets, filed an NOI on July 17, listing approximately $55.0 million in liabilities, including $9.7 million to Crown Capital. Currently, the company is overleveraged and cannot support the existing secured and unsecured debt. In an attempt to maintain its business as a going concern, the company has negotiated a Stalking Horse Agreement with a purchase price of approximately $9.5 million. Farber is the proposal trustee. Counsel is Chaitons for the company, Aird & Berlis for the proposal trustee, and Cassels for Crown Capital.

Frontline Broadband

Frontline Broadband, a Toronto, Ontario-based telecommunications company, was placed in receivership on July 6 on application by Neli Financial, owed approximately $5.9 million. The company has three main lines of business: the provision of managed IT solutions to corporate clients; the provision of residential broadband internet and television services to residential customers across Canada delivered under the name Rally; and wholesale services, including television services for bedside terminals in hospitals. The company has suffered significant losses in recent years. In default of its loan agreements, the company brought in two independent consultants to advise on restructuring alternatives and both concluded that the company was overleveraged. The company engaged in forbearance discussions and exchanged proposals for restructuring the company's business, but no agreement could be reached. Farber was appointed receiver. Counsel is Chaitons for the applicant and Weisz Fell Kour for the company.

Peraso Technologies Inc.

Peraso Technologies Inc., a Toronto, Ontario-based semiconductor company specializing in the development of integrated circuits and chipsets for the new generation of wireless technology, obtained protection under the CCAA on June 3, listing approximately $6.7 million in liabilities to Roadmap Capital and $1.0 million to Polar Multi-Strategy Master Fund. The company is currently facing significant liquidity issues due to, among other things, multiple legal proceedings brought against it in Canada and the US by its largest customer, Ubiquiti Inc. As a result of these proceedings, the company was unable to sell its products to customers other than Ubiquiti, potential purchasers were deterred from acquiring the company, and the company could not obtain viable financing. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the company's efforts to obtain financing or engage in a strategic transaction as the financial markets have become significantly more risk-averse. The company anticipates that it will run out of cash by late June, at which point it will be forced to cease operations. EY was appointed monitor. Canadian counsel is TGF for the monitor, Stikeman Elliott for the company, and Aird & Berlis for Ubiquiti Networks Canada Inc.