Morgan Westgate

Tel: 416.637.3296mwestgate@babinbessnerspry.comvCard
Experience

Morgan Westgate joined Babin Bessner Spry LLP as an Associate in 2015. Prior to her admission to the Bar, she completed her summer term at an international Canadian law firm and her articles with Torys LLP, where she focused on litigation and intellectual property/regulatory matters.

Morgan assists and appears with clients during regulatory proceedings at the Mutual Fund Dealers Association, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. She also assists and appears before the Superior Court of Justice (Civil and Commercial List) on a variety of matters.

Morgan completed her J.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has also received her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Medical Sciences from the University of Western Ontario (Western University), and her M.Sc. in Cancer Biology from the University of Calgary. Her medical research has been published in international medical journals and she has presented at national scientific conferences.

Morgan currently sits on the Board of Directors for Lumacare, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the enhancement and empowerment of the lives of seniors and other individuals in the Toronto community. Outside of law, she enjoys yoga, spinning and weight training, as well as exploring new cuisines and wines.

Representative Work

Morgan’s experience includes:

  • Seeking a Mareva injunction and other relief in the context of an action for fraud arising out of investments in commercial real estate developments

  • Acting for a Respondent majority shareholder in an application for an oppression remedy under the Ontario Business Corporations Act

  • Defending a member of a company’s board of directors against allegations of defamation, as well as advising on corporate governance issues

  • Acting for clients in various commercial disputes regarding allegations of breach of exclusive distribution, non-competition/non-solicitation rights

  • Defending directors and officers of a company in an action by a former employee of an insolvent affiliate seeking various remedies including relief from oppression, unjust enrichment, negligence, breach of contract, misrepresentation, and an order to pierce the corporate veil

  • Acting for a company seeking to enforce its rights under the Personal Property and Security Act

  • Defending investment advisors and dealers being pursued by their clients for alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, negligence and breach of contract

  • Pursuing banks and corporations for damages associated with wrongful dismissal and other employment matters

  • Representing advisers being investigated by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA) for alleged violations of rules, regulations and dealers’ policies and procedures

Publications & Events
  • “The Saga Continues: Ontario Court of Appeal Sets Aside Security for Costs Order Against Ecuadorian Villagers in Chevron Case on the Basis of Unjustness”, Babin Bessner Spry Blog (6 November 2017).
  • “Ontario Court of Appeal Orders Ecuadorian Plaintiffs to Post $1 Million as Security for Chevron’s Costs”, Babin Bessner Spry Blog (16 October 2017).
  • Cynthia Spry, Julia Webster and Morgan Westgate, “Appellate Court Treatment of Bhasin v. Hrynew: Developing the Duty of Food Faith in 2016” (August 2016), Commercial & Business Litigation Journal Vol. 1:1, The Canadian Institute.
Affiliations & Education

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association

Bar Admission:

  • Ontario, 2015

Education:

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D., 2014
  • University of Calgary, M.Sc., 2009
  • University of Western Ontario (Western University), B.MSc. Hons., 2007

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