Daryl S. Fridhandler, Q.C.

Practice Focus

  • Commercial Arbitration and Mediation
  • Commercial Transactions
    • Extensive transactional experience, particularly in asset transactions and project arrangements, and a broad general corporate/commercial and finance practice
  • Franchises, Dealerships and Distributorships
  • Government Relations
  • Securities and Corporate Law
    • Advice to and representation of public and private enterprises (corporations, trusts, partnerships, JVs) in all aspects including start up, reorganization planning and preparation for and going public; and providing ongoing finance, transaction and governance advice
    • Independent counsel matters to Board committees on various mandates

Practice Areas

Education

  • New York University, LLM, 2016
  • ADR Institute of Canada - Q. Arb and Q. Med designations, 2016
  • Institute of Corporate Directors, Director Education Program – ICD.d designation, 2007
  • Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Laws, 1983
  • McGill University, Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction), 1980

Bar Admission

  • Queen's Counsel 2004
  • Alberta 1984

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, ADR Institute of Alberta
  • Member, Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, New York City Bar Association

Honours & Recognition

  • Lexology "Client Choice Awards 2013" for General Corporate Law (Alberta)
  • Alberta Centennial Medal, 2005
  • McGill Scarlet Key for distinguished service to the McGill community

Presentations

  • A Framework for Board Oversight of Enterprise Risk, Boards and Director Responsibilities, National Accounting Firm Client Seminar, January 23, 2013
  • Key Negotiation Issues in M&A Transactions, BD&P Client Seminar, November 1, 2012
  • Doing Business with Pacific Rim Participants, BD&P Client Seminar, May 31, 2012
  • Negotiating and Drafting Private Equity and Venture Capital Agreements, Insights Seminar, 2010

Board Memberships

  • Georox Resources Inc., Chairman and a Director (TSXV)
  • Innova Exploration Ltd., Founder, Chairman and a Director (acquired by Crescent Point in 2007)

Community Involvement

  • Governor, Mount Royal University (2014-present)
  • Contemporary Calgary Arts Society (2014-2017)
  • Governor, Calgary Petroleum Club (2008-2014)
  • Member, Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, Finance Committee (2011-2015)
  • Commissioner, Calgary Police Commission (October, 2008-October 2011,Vice Chairman and Chair of Complaint Oversight and Finance and Audit Committees)
  • Chairman, Calgary Economic Development, Board Member (2000-2008), Chairman (2002-2008)
  • Vice Chairman, Revenue, Liberal Party of Canada and National Chairman, Laurier Club (2004-2006); Alberta Revenue Chair (2010-2013)
  • Alberta Leadership Campaign Co-Chair, Paul Martin (2003) and Michael Ignatieff (2006 and 2008)
  • Election Co-Chair (Alberta) – Federal Liberal Party of Canada (2004 and 2009)
  • Campaign Chairman, Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier
    • Municipal Campaigns: 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007
    • Federal Campaign: 1997
  • Board Member, EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, (1997-2004; Vice-Chairman, 2001, Chairman, 2002- 2004)
  • Governor, Alberta College of Art and Design, (2002-2008; Finance Committee Chair)
  • Trustee, Calgary Public Library, 1993-1997 (Vice-Chairman, 1993-1995, Chairman, 1995-1997)
  • Board Member, Calgary Community Lottery Board, (1998-2000; Chairman 1998-2000)
  • Director, Alberta Library Trustees Associations (1994-1997)

Professional & Firm Involvement

  • Member, BD&P Art Committee
  • Chairman, BD&P Marketing Committee, 1996-2002
  • Executive Member, Natural Resources Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), 1985 to 1989 (Chairperson 1987-1988)