Edward Babin has practised complex litigation in Canada for over 20 years. He was a senior partner in the highly ranked litigation departments of both Torys LLP (17 years) and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP (5 years). He has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, as well as before the Superior Courts and Courts of Appeal of New Brunswick, British Columbia, and the Yukon, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before a wide variety of administrative tribunals and at numerous arbitrations.
Ed has been recognized as a leading commercial and cross-border litigation lawyer in Lexpert, as well as in the publication “Best Lawyers in Canada”.
Over the course of his career, Ed has gained significant experience in many areas, both in individual and class action proceedings. Ed practises in a very broad range of complex legal areas, and has acted for numerous clients in contract, securities, corporate governance, oppression, competition, investment advisor, executive employment, insolvency, consumer, franchise, conspiracy and fraud-related matters.
Among his wide-ranging experience, Ed has also handled numerous sports-related matters, including on behalf of several National Hockey League Clubs, the Canadian Football League, and on behalf of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in the Ben Johnson case.
Ed's work also has a public interest dimension. He has acted as counsel in connection with a number of public inquiries and has extensive and varied pro bono experience.
Ed has written many papers and presented at numerous conferences, dealing with a range of substantive and procedural topics, including class actions, securities litigation, trial advocacy and the Rules of Civil Procedure.
Ed’s experience includes acting for:
Ed is deeply involved in his community, including with minor football, hockey, soccer and baseball in the North Toronto area. He is himself a former junior and college athlete. Despite his many aches and pains, Ed remains very physically active. He continues to play hockey. He is also a triathlete and has twice completed Ironman Canada (painfully and slowly).
Ed was for many years the Chairman of the Board of the Pollution Probe Foundation and was very active within the North Toronto Hockey Association, where he coached for 14 years and served on the board of directors.
Ed currently coaches football with the Metro Toronto Wildcats. He was also a founder of, and continues to work with, the Tyson Bailey Fund, a Toronto-based charity that provides support and financial assistance to disadvantaged and at-risk Toronto youth.
He is also involved in fundraising and volunteer activities in a variety of other fields.