Norman Prior Nodwell

Norman Prior Nodwell, who operates a mixed farming operation near Biggar, Saskatchewan, had an interim receiver appointed over all of his livestock, forage and feed on October 14, on application by BMO, owed approximately $2.2 million. On September 29, the Animal Protection Services Branch of the Government of Saskatchewan issued a Corrective Action Order against Mr. Nodwell, requiring him to provide his livestock with supplemental feed to improve the livestock's body condition and to humanely euthanize or provide veterinary care to distressed animals. On October 6, an agent of BMO inspected the farm and discovered that the bison are in poor condition, Mr. Nodwell had recently euthanized a number of bison, Mr. Nodwell does not maintain an inventory of his cattle and bison, Mr. Nodwell's bison are unmarked and unidentifiable and Mr. Nodwell's pastures are in extremely poor condition. Deloitte was appointed interim receiver. Counsel is MLT Aikins for BMO and Cuelenaere LLP for Mr. Nodwell.

Natural Health Services Ltd.

Natural Health Services Ltd., which operated medical clinics that specialized in dispensing cannabinoids across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, filed for bankruptcy on August 6. KPMG is the bankruptcy trustee. Counsel is Dentons for the company and Torys for the trustee.

Duck Mountain Environmental Ltd.

Duck Mountain Environmental Ltd., a Kamsack, Saskatchewan based Hydrovac excavation and potable water/septic service company, filed an NOI on May 31, listing approximately $1.9 million in liabilities. The Bowra Group is the proposal trustee.

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.

Morris Group of Companies

Morris Group of Companies, which consists of four Saskatchewan-based companies and an American branch in the business of manufacturing and distributing farm equipment, had its sale to 102114983 Saskatchewan Ltd. in the CCAA proceedings (the "MEL Transaction") approved and a receiver was appointed to carry out the final administrative duties and satisfy the conditions of the MEL Transaction. BMO also brought applications for bankruptcy for certain entities in the Morris Group of Companies (the "Dormant Companies"). Since the bankruptcy orders were granted, the CCAA proceedings will be terminated in regard to the Dormant Companies and a bankruptcy trustee will be appointed. Alvarez & Marsal was appointed receiver and bankruptcy trustee. Counsel is McDougall Gauley for the Group, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer for BMO, and MLT Aikins for Alvarez & Marsal.

Tyler Smith, Pamela Smith, Smith Northern Ranching, and 101197829 Saskatchewan Ltd. (collectively, the “Debtors”)

Tyler Smith, Pamela Smith, Smith Northern Ranching, and 101197829 Saskatchewan Ltd. (collectively, the "Debtors"), a Duck Lake, Saskatchewan-based business engaged in mixed cattle and grain farming, were placed in receivership on December 1 on application by BMO, owed approximately $1.8 million. The Debtors list $8.5 million in liabilities, including $1.6 million to CNH Industry Capital and $1.2 to Farm Credit Canada. Deloitte was appointed receiver. Counsel is Miller Thomson for the applicant, Stevenson Hood Thornton Beaubier for the Debtors, MLT Aikins for the receiver, and McKercher for Farm Credit Canada.

Family Fitness Inc.

Family Fitness Inc., which operates four fitness centres in Regina, Saskatchewan under the business name "Evolution Fitness Gym", was placed in receivership on October 13 on application by BTA Real Estate Group Inc. ("BTA"), owed approximately $1.0 million in rent arrears. In August 2017, the company defaulted on its rent obligations owing to BTA, and has continued to be in arrears since that date. BTA alleges that the company has engaged in a systematic pattern of non-payment and non-performance of its obligations. Alvarez & Marsal was appointed receiver. Counsel is W Law Group for the applicant and Torys for the receiver.

D’Amani Stucco Solutions Inc.

D’Amani Stucco Solutions Inc., a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based company that provides exterior stucco finishing for residential and commercial buildings, filed an NOI on August 13, listing approximately $1.9 million in liabilities, including $670.0 thousand to Adexmat Inc. The Bowra Group is the proposal trustee. W Law Group is counsel to the company.

Morris Group of Companies

Morris Group of Companies, which consists of four Saskatchewan-based companies and an American branch in the business of manufacturing and distributing farm equipment, filed for protection under the CCAA on January 8, listing approximately $4.4 million in liabilities, including $2.1 million to De Lage Landen and $1.9 million to Kubota Canada. Morris Industries is the primary operating company and manufactures air carts, drills, seeders, and bale carriers. In recent years, the Morris Group has incurred significant losses due to several factors: the introduction of a new product line that experienced warranty issues which required a significant capital investment beyond foreseeable estimates; the Group's increased costs were accompanied by decreasing sales; and, as a result of declining financial results, the Group lost access to a factoring facility that had previously provided for the early payment of a substantial portion of its accounts receivable. Currently, each of the companies is unable to meet its obligations as they become due and is facing an imminent liquidity crisis. On January 16, the court granted the Group a stay of proceedings until March 27. BMO will be providing interim financing to the Group during the CCAA proceedings. Alvarez Marsal was appointed monitor. Counsel is McDougall Gauley for the Group, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer for BMO, MLT Aikins for Alvarez & Marsal, Cassels Brock for De Lage Landen, and Miller Thomson for Kubota Canada.

F1rst Auto Rentals +

F1rst Auto Rentals +, a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based car rental company with a fleet of approximately 66 vehicles, was placed in receivership on December 19 on application by BMO, owed approximately $2.1 million. The application was made after it was uncovered that the debtor had ceased operations and had begun liquidating its assets without advising BMO. Grant Thornton was appointed receiver. Counsel is MLT Aikins for the applicant and Dentons for the receiver.