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Preet Saini is a litigation lawyer with a commercial litigation practice focused on construction and insolvency and restructuring. He also provides representation in general commercial disputes, as well as in municipal and land use planning matters.

Representing all levels of the construction pyramid, Preet acts for clients in contract disputes, construction liens, trust claims, lien priority disputes, lien funds, bond claims, Public Works Act claims and construction insolvencies.

Preet also brings significant experience in bankruptcies, receiverships, and all types of restructuring proceedings, acting for clients across a range of industries.

Appearing before all levels of court in Alberta, including the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal, Preet also represents clients in municipal and administrative tribunals, including the Alberta Securities Commission.

Preet is co-chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Alberta Civil Litigation South subsection. As a volunteer with the Pro Bono Civil Claims Duty Counsel program, he provides free legal advice to persons involved in civil actions. He was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Award for working the highest number of shifts among Calgary lawyers across all national firms. Preet also volunteers as a mentor with the Diversity and Law Society and serves as a member of McMillan’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group, which implements various diversity and inclusion related initiatives across the firm.

A sessional instructor at the University of Calgary, Preet teaches an introductory business law course and volunteers as a judge of moots and law student debates.

Prior to his start at McMillan, Preet gained experience as a business analyst in the oil and gas industry and a legal researcher.



Representative Matters

  • Graham Construction and Engineering Inc v Alberta (Minister of Infrastructure), 2019 ABQB 543 – Client filed Public Works Act claim for its work done and materials supplied to a public project pursuant to a subcontract agreement with Schendel, as subcontractor, and our client, as sub-subcontractor to Schendel. Schendel later went insolvent and entered proposal proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.  Unpaid subcontractors on the project filed just over $60,000,000 of Public Works Act claims. The Crown paid approximately $30,000,000 into court pursuant to the Public Works Act. The Court lifted the stay of proceedings caused by Schendel’s insolvency, and held that the Public Works Act afforded claimants protection similar to the Builders Lien Act for public projects. A direct contractual claim against a contractor in the event of that contractor’s insolvency can be worthless. The Public Works Act provides protections to those working on public projects. The issue of special priority to Public Works Act claimants in an insolvency context was novel and had not been determined by Alberta courts in the past. Our client was paid out its Public Works Act claim in full from the funds held in court.
  • BullRun Capital Inc v GrowMax Resources Corp, 2019 ABQB 107 – In the context of a heated proxy contest, successfully challenged use of an advance notice by-law and obtained declaration that by-law had been complied with. Also sought and obtained appointment of an independent chair for the shareholders meeting.
  • Northern Sunrise County v Virginia Hills Oil Corp, 2019 ABCA 61 – Successfully represented Bank against challenge by various municipalities to a distribution order made in the context of a receivership. Municipalities had argued for secured creditor status due to special lien.
  • Steam Whistle Brewing Inc v Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, 2018 ABQB 476 – First successful challenge to a law under section 121 of the Constitution Act. Alberta beer mark-up regime declared unconstitutional and client awarded $163,964.98 in restitution.

Teaching Engagements

  • Regular guest judge for the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law mooting program, including annual moots for the 1L legal research and writing course
  • Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary: Introduction to Business Law

Media Mentions


Community Involvement

  • Chair of Calgary Office Pro Bono Civil Claims Duty Counsel program

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Civil Litigation South
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
  • Diversity and Law Society
  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Betta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Education & Admissions

2020
Certificate in ConstructionOsgoode Hall Law School
2017
Called to the Alberta bar
2016
JDUniversity of Calgary
2013
B.Comm. (with distinction)University of Calgary

Insights by Preet Saini (6 Posts)

Featured Insight

What Are You Suing Me For? I Had No Control: Lessor Fleet Liability

The decision in Barz concerns the interplay between Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Act and Traffic Safety Act.

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May 12, 2021
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Can You Register A Builders Lien For Pre-Construction Services on a Cancelled Project? – Case Comment: Shelly Morris Business Services Ltd v Syncor Solutions Limited

Can You Register A Builders Lien For Pre-Construction Services on a Cancelled Project? – Case Comment: Shelly Morris Business Services Ltd v Syncor Solutions Limited

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Jan 6, 2021
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No Longer the Wild West: Alberta’s New Prompt Payment and Construction Lien Act and What You Need to Know

No Longer the Wild West: Alberta's New Prompt Payment and Construction Lien Act and What You Need to Know

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Nov 9, 2020
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Supreme Court of Canada Denies Leave to Appeal in “Virginia Hills” Linear Property Tax Case: Northern Sunrise County, et al. v. Bank of Nova Scotia, et al., 2019 SCC 38587

The Supreme Court has confirmed that the Alberta Municipal Government Act does not grant a municipality a special lien for unpaid linear property taxes.

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Sep 4, 2019
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Supreme Court of Canada Allows Redwater Appeal: Regulator entitled to super-priority for abandonment and reclamation costs

Supreme Court of Canada Allows Redwater Appeal: Regulator entitled to super-priority for abandonment and reclamation costs

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Jan 31, 2019

Liens in the Context of Gas Processing Facilities

Lessons Learned from Cansearch Resources Ltd. v Regent Resources Ltd.

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Jan 10, 2018