William J. McFetridge

Professional Experience

Bill McFetridge has over 40 years of experience as a professional providing advice to clients in a range of industries. Bills practice is focused on acquisitions and divestitures of large and small businesses, shareholder agreements and disputes, joint ventures and limited partnerships.

Prior to entering the field of law, Bill trained and practised as a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA), a background that he draws on to deal with a variety of corporate and commercial matters.

He has considerable experience structuring and negotiating joint venture agreements and long term supply agreements. Bill has developed special knowledge and expertise in advising clients on the process of buying and selling businesses.

He works with clients in a wide range of industries such as transportation, marine, real estate, construction, maritime, wholesale distribution and forestry.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Bill is a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) and is recognized as a domestic arbitrator by the British Columbia International Arbitration Centre and has been involved with numerous large and small arbitrations, including acting as the court-appointed arbitrator to resolve a dispute in respect of the sale of a business.
  • Acted as an arbitrator and mediator in numerous disputes:
    • Partnership disputes
    • Business acquisition disputes
    • Working capital adjustment disputes
    • Accounting principles disputes
    • Fee disputes
Professional and Other Activities

  • Immediate Past Chair – Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council (Canada)
  • Former Member – Accounting Standards Oversight Council (Canada)
  • Chair Legal Strategies for Business Acquisitions Continuing Legal Ed
  • Contributor Buying and Selling Business Continuing Legal Ed
  • Editorial Board Advising B.C. Business
  • Chambers Canada, British Columbia: Corporate/Commercial, Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, (2016-2017): recommended in Corporate Commercial Law and Corporate Mid-Market
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of Corporate Law, Transportation Law, Mergers + Acquisitions Law and Natural Resources Law (2017, 2016)
  • CLEBCs Most Prolific Volunteers (1996 to 2016): Recognized as prolific contributor
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Shipping (2015)
  • LexisNexis – Martindale-Hubbell: AV Peer Review Rated
Academic Qualifications

LL.B, University of British Columbia, 1977
B.Comm., University of British Columbia, 1972
Chartered Accountant, Manitoba and British Columbia, 1974
Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada, 2005

Michael Erdle

Professional Experience

Michael Erdle co-founded Practical Resolutions Inc. in 2011, to help parties resolve business and commercial disputes in an efficient, cost-effective way, through facilitated negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Michael is one of Canada’s most experienced and qualified commercial dispute resolution professionals. He has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, specializing in technology and intellectual property. Michael has negotiated countless agreements and assisted clients in resolving a wide variety of commercial disputes.

He is a trained and experienced facilitator, mediator and arbitrator.

Since 2005, Michael has successfully mediated resolutions in shareholder and joint venture matters, computer software development and implementation projects, copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret disputes. He has acted as sole arbitrator in cases involving ownership of intellectual property, software licensing, system implementation, and other commercial and contract issues. He has acted as mediator/arbitrator in several matters.

Michael is a director of the ADR Institute of Ontario and the ADR Institute of Canada. He is a past president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, a past director of the Canadian IT Law Association and a past chair of the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group. Michael has written and spoken on many current issues in technology and intellectual property law, including: dispute resolution; software development and licensing; electronic commerce; domain names; and outsourcing. He has lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School and McGill University. He currently teaches a course in “Powerful Negotiation Skills” at University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Advanced Mediation Workshop, World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Advanced Mediation Course, Stitt Feld Handy & University of Windsor Law School, Toronto, Ontario
  • International Commercial Arbitration (Accelerated Path to Fellowship), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Intensive IP Arbitration Course, Canadian Bar Association & ADR Institute of Canada
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario
Professional and Other Activities

  • 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada®– Alternative Dispute Resolution, Information Technology Law, Technology Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory – Leading Practitioner, Computer & IT Law
  • Lexpert / American Lawyer Guide to the Leading Lawyers in Canada – Technology Transactions
  • IAM 250: The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada – Internet & E-Commerce
  • The International Who’s Who of Internet, e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers
Academic Qualifications

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1986
Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism, 1978