Debt and Federalism: Leading Cases that Established the Modern Field of Bankruptcy & Insolvency Law

12:00 p.m. | MLT Aikins Lecture Theatre (Room 150), College of Law, UofS

Speaker: Dr. Virginia Torrie, Estey Chair in Business Law

The legal meaning of bankruptcy and insolvency law has often remained elusive, even to practitioners and scholars in the field, despite having been enshrined in Canada’s Constitution since Confederation. This lecture traces changing conceptions of the federal bankruptcy and insolvency power through Canadian history, from the Great Depression to the mid-20th century. It highlights significant instances where the provinces tested the limits of their jurisdiction against this federal power, and the role of Canada’s highest court in developing the modern field of bankruptcy and insolvency law.

 Virginia Torrie

Virginia Torrie (she/her) is the Editor-in-Chief of the Banking & Finance Law Review and an Affiliated Researcher with the Desautels Centre for Private Enterprise at the University of Manitoba. She is the author of over 40 publications on banking, insolvency and fintech, including Reinventing Bankruptcy Law (University of Toronto Press) and Debt and Federalism (UBC Press, co-authored). Her research has been cited by the Ontario Court of Appeal, la Cour d’appel du Québec and several lower courts.

Dr. Torrie’s current research includes a second volume of Debt and Federalism (co-authored) and a new edition of the Annotated Bank Act (Thomson Reuters, co-authored). A nationally recognized expert, Dr. Torrie has appeared before audiences at universities, financial institutions, labour groups, alumni associations and professional conferences. She has testified as an Expert Witness to the Senate Committee on Banking, Commerce and the Economy (BANC), appeared on TV news, and been interviewed for periodicals such as the Globe and Mail.

An active member of the legal community, Dr. Torrie has served as an elected member of bar council for the Manitoba Bar Association and Chair of its Insolvency Section, as well as on the Executive of the Insolvency Section of the Canadian Bar Association. She currently serves on the Selection Committee for the Walter Owen Q.C. Book Prize (administered by the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research).

Event Details

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM CST
15 Campus Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A6 - MLT Aikins Lecture Theatre (Room 150), College of Law, U of SKatie Richard, Alumni Relations and Event Coordinator


Katie Richard, Alumni Relations and Event Coordinator