Alexander C. Bjornson
Alexander C. Bjornson practices civil litigation with a background in commercial and construction law. He has a law degree from the University of British Columbia and before joining the firm he articled and practiced at a leading national law firm.
Alex has experience dealing with a variety of civil disputes, including land disputes, construction litigation and arbitration, and contaminated sites litigation. Alex also practices labour and employment law.
Alex sits on the boards of directors for both the Peter A. Allard School of Law Alumni Association and the Vancouver Opera. He was previously a director for both the Icelandic Canadian Club of British Columbia and the Surety Association of Canada's BC Young Professionals Council. Alex also volunteers as a mentor with the CBABC & Peter A. Allard School of Law Mentorship Program.
Co-author, "Cannabis in the Workplace: Too high for duty?", Canadian Bar Association, Bar Talk, June 2018Co-author, "The Gig Economy: Dependent Contractors, Workers’ Rights, and the Canadian Approach", paper presented at the American Bar Association’s Midwinter Meeting of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, March 2018
Co-author, Torts chapter, Annual Review of Law & Practice, The Continuing Education Society of British Columbia, January 2017
Co-author, "Contractors & The Law: Ledcor Construction v. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co.", On-Site Magazine, December 2016
Co-author, "Tender With Care: The Importance of Bid Compliance", On-Site Magazine, August 2016
Author, "Can a Client Sue a Renovation Contractor for Damages re: Mental Distress?", Canadian Contractor, June 2016
Co-author, "Is There an L&M Bond? Maybe You Should Ask...", On-Site Magazine, April 2016
Co-author, Torts chapter, Annual Review of Law & Practice, The Continuing Education Society of British Columbia, February 2016
Co-author, "The BC Builders Lien Act: Releasing the Holdback", On-Site Magazine, October 2015
Author, "Mental Distress and Building Contracts", On-Site Magazine, October 2015
Co-author, "Builders Lien Act Changes Coming: One Victim May Be the Notorious Shimco Lien", On-Site Magazine, August 2015
Co-author, "B.C.'s Building Act moves towards province-wide requirements", Journal of Commerce, June 2015
Mark Oulton and Alex Bjornson co-authored a piece on the potential implications of COVID-19 for commercial leases with David Martin of Stirling LLP. A copy of the article may be found here.
Claire Hunter, QC and Alexander Bjornson obtained dismissal of a petition seeking leave to commence a derivative action on behalf of their client Eastern Platinum Ltd. The Court held that the numbered company seeking to commence the derivative action had not satisfied the good faith requirement set out in the Business Corporations Act. The reasons are available here.
Claire Hunter, QC and Alexander Bjornson were counsel to Eastern Platinum Ltd, a Vancouver-based mining company, on an application for document production and pre-hearing examinations brought in the context of an application by a shareholder for leave to commence a derivative action. Our client was successful in obtaining a dismissal of the shareholder's application for pre-hearing discovery. The reasons are available here.
Paul Heisler and Alexander Bjornson published an article in the Canadian Bar Association June 2018 publication “BarTalk” on the impact of the upcoming Cannabis Act on employers and employees.
The Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. has published its Annual Review of Law and Practice, and once again Hunter Litigation Chambers is well represented among the authors of this practice guide. Greg Allen, Eileen Patel and Ken Leung wrote the chapter of Administrative Law; Mark Oulton, Rebecca Robb and Ken Leung authored the section on Court Rules; and Alex Bjornson co-authored the chapter on Tort law.