Just Solutions Inc., a Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan-based insurance broker engaged in the business of selling crop and hail insurance to farmers throughout western Canada, filed an NOI on April 18. There was a dramatic increase in claims made by insureds in the agricultural sector in 2021. The company is solely a broker of the crop insurance policies and does not have any liability to insureds in the event of a claim. However, in early 2022, due to the losses on insurance policies occurring in the previous growing season, it became apparent that it was going to be very difficult for the company to obtain rights to bind insurance companies for the 2022 growing season on terms similar to previous years. As a result, the company faced the risk of ceasing to be able to function as a going concern. A SISP, including a stalking horse bid by Forage Subordinated Debt Limited Partnership II, were approved on April 22. A&M is the proposal trustee. Counsel is McCarthy Tétrault for the company. By Dina Milivojevic
EY has issued its first report in its capacity as inspector of Epic Alliance Inc. and certain related entities (the “EA Group”), a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based group of companies that facilitated the buying, selling, renting, subletting, and renovating of residential real estate. EY was appointed on February 25 on application by various investors to investigate what happened to the $211.9 million in investor funds raised by the EA Group. Based on the information currently available (which is unaudited and incomplete), the inspector reported that, among other things, the group frequently experienced cash shortfalls on its Hassle-Free-Landlord Program properties due primarily to low occupancy rates and high repairs and maintenance costs. The company was planning to expand its program into the United States, but these plans appear not to have materialized, with EY reporting that the $3.8 million raised for the expansion appearing to have been used to fund losses in the Canadian corporations. The inspector also confirmed that the EA Group raised $370,000 from four investors in contravention of a cease trade order in 2021. Counsel is MLT Aikins for the inspector. By Dina Milivojevic
Cura-Can Health Corp. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Clinic Network Canada Inc., were placed in receivership on February 7 on application by Avonlea-Drewery Holdings Inc., owed approximately $16.4 million. The companies hold investments in medical cannabis clinics operating in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, and currently have no active operations. KPMG was appointed receiver. Counsel is Dentons for the companies, Aird & Berlis for the applicant and Cassels for the receiver. By Dina Milivojevic
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., 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., 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., 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, 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"), 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., 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.