Mark Skwarok* 

Co-Chair, B.C., Securities Litigation
Vancouver  t: 604.691.7435  |  e: mark.skwarok@mcmillan.ca

Mark Skwarok*

Vancouver
Royal Centre, Suite 1500
1055 West Georgia Street, PO Box 11117
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4N7

t: 604.691.7435
e: mark.skwarok@mcmillan.ca

overview

  • Private practice of law, commercial, administrative and securities litigation
  • Chief Counsel, British Columbia Securities Commission, 1992-1996
  • Ministry of the Attorney General, acting exclusively for the British Columbia Securities Commission, 1989-1992

Mark joined the firm's litigation group in 2003 and is Associate Counsel to the firm. Mark has more than 25 years of experience as a commercial litigator, with a focus on securities litigation. He is recognized as one of Canada's leading practitioners in securities litigation by such authorities as the Lexpert Directory and the peer-selected Best Lawyers in Canada, where he is also listed in the category of Corporate and Commercial Litigation. Mark is noted in particular for the comprehensive nature of his practice. He typically acts on behalf of persons who are the subject of proceedings initiated by securities regulators, but he has also acted for regulators such as the TSX Venture Exchange, the TSX, the Investment Dealers Association, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission.

Mark has in-depth understanding of the senior securities regulator's perspective, reflecting his representation (including five years as Chief Counsel) of the British Columbia Securities Commission. He has frequently acted in every level of court in British Columbia, and has acted in the Alberta Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. He has also frequently acted in administrative proceedings before the British Columbia Securities Commission, as well as the Alberta Securities Commission and other administrative bodies.
 

Representative Matters

Mark has a wealth of experience in the prosecution and defence of numerous complex hearings before all levels of the court.  Some examples include:

  • Appeared before the British Columbia Securities Commission on behalf of Eron Mortgage Corporation and Pacific International Securities Inc.
  • Acted as counsel in many appeals before the B.C. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Acted on several of the leading court cases dealing with the jurisdiction and powers of the Securities Commission, the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the context of securities investigations and hearings, and procedural fairness issues such as the standards of pre-hearing disclosure.
  • Acted for the B.C. Government in litigation in the B.C. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in a trust law case securing funds for Westar employees following the company's bankruptcy.

Presentations

Litigation and Shareholders Disputes
Second Advanced Securities Compliance
Appeals from British Columbia and Alberta Securities Commission Decisions
Civil Liability Under the Ontario Securities Act
Legal Limitations on the Ability of the British Columbia Securities Commission to Compel Evidence for other Securities Enforcement Agencies

News

71 McMillan Lawyers Named in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada
65 McMillan Lawyers Named in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada
Margaret McNee recognized as Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year, along with 58 McMillan Lawyers in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Report
61 McMillan lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
60 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
49 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 Recognizes 44 McMillan Leading Practitioners
47 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2013 Best Lawyers in Canada
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 Recognizes 39 McMillan Leading Practitioners
50 McMillan Lawyers recognized in the 2012 Best Lawyers in Canada

Education

  • University of Michigan, Master of Laws - 1982
  • University of British Columbia, LLB - 1980
  • University of British Columbia, BA - 1975

Year Of Call

  • Called to the British Columbia bar - 1981

Practices

securities litigation
administrative law
business litigation
appellate advocacy
litigation
white collar defence and government investigations

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Litigators advisory committee to the British Columbia Securities Commission  
  • Formerly, Civil Remedies Committee of the British Columbia Securities Commission
  • Formerly, Justice Institute Advisory Committee on Investor Education
  • Past member of the BC Law Society Practice Standards Committee, served for 10 years

Teaching Engagements

Mark has taught various training programs for enforcement investigators and lawyers, such as:

  • Instructor, Securities Investigator Training course, Barrie, Ontario - training of RCMP and FBI officials, and national securities commission investigators on securities fraud and stock market manipulation.
  • Instructor, Securities Compliance and Supervision Training Program provided by the Justice Institute of B.C.
  • Guest lecturer, the University of British Columbia both in securities law and legal ethics courses.
  • Presenter at various other courses and seminars on securities regulation.

Awards & Rankings

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Canada 2006 - 2020 as a leading lawyer in Corporate & Commercial Litigation and Securities Law.
  • Listed in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a directory of leading practitioners and law firms in Canada, from 2005 - 2016 as a leader in Securities Litigation
  • Received a "BV" Peer Review Ranking from Martindale-Hubbell
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  • Private practice of law, commercial, administrative and securities litigation
  • Chief Counsel, British Columbia Securities Commission, 1992-1996
  • Ministry of the Attorney General, acting exclusively for the British Columbia Securities Commission, 1989-1992

Mark joined the firm's litigation group in 2003 and is Associate Counsel to the firm. Mark has more than 25 years of experience as a commercial litigator, with a focus on securities litigation. He is recognized as one of Canada's leading practitioners in securities litigation by such authorities as the Lexpert Directory and the peer-selected Best Lawyers in Canada, where he is also listed in the category of Corporate and Commercial Litigation. Mark is noted in particular for the comprehensive nature of his practice. He typically acts on behalf of persons who are the subject of proceedings initiated by securities regulators, but he has also acted for regulators such as the TSX Venture Exchange, the TSX, the Investment Dealers Association, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission.

Mark has in-depth understanding of the senior securities regulator's perspective, reflecting his representation (including five years as Chief Counsel) of the British Columbia Securities Commission. He has frequently acted in every level of court in British Columbia, and has acted in the Alberta Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. He has also frequently acted in administrative proceedings before the British Columbia Securities Commission, as well as the Alberta Securities Commission and other administrative bodies.
 

Mark has a wealth of experience in the prosecution and defence of numerous complex hearings before all levels of the court.  Some examples include:

  • Appeared before the British Columbia Securities Commission on behalf of Eron Mortgage Corporation and Pacific International Securities Inc.
  • Acted as counsel in many appeals before the B.C. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Acted on several of the leading court cases dealing with the jurisdiction and powers of the Securities Commission, the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the context of securities investigations and hearings, and procedural fairness issues such as the standards of pre-hearing disclosure.
  • Acted for the B.C. Government in litigation in the B.C. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in a trust law case securing funds for Westar employees following the company's bankruptcy.
April 29, 2008
Litigation and Shareholders Disputes
Calgary
February 25, 2008
Second Advanced Securities Compliance
Federated Press, Vancouver
January 30, 2006
Appeals from British Columbia and Alberta Securities Commission Decisions
Western Canadian Securities Litigation Advanced Forum, Calgary
November 22, 2005
Civil Liability Under the Ontario Securities Act
Lang Michener Five O'clock Seminar, Toronto
November 15, 1999
Legal Limitations on the Ability of the British Columbia Securities Commission to Compel Evidence for other Securities Enforcement Agencies
Third Annual Western Canadian Securities Forum