Kristen Wittman

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Kristen Wittman

Kristen Wittman Partner

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Services provided by Kristen Wittman Law Corporation.

Education
ADMITTED TO THE BAR:
  • University of Manitoba (LL.B., 1995)

Kristen is partner in the firm and has practiced law at Taylor McCaffrey LLP since her call to the Bar in 1996 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Her primary area of practice is corporate & commercial law, where she has had the opportunity to represent corporations, cooperatives and partnerships in their business endeavors, from structuring start-ups to crafting by-laws, assistance with general commercial contract matters, obtaining financing from traditional financial institutions, drafting shareholder and member agreements, and assisting with fundraising. She has represented clients in pursuit of matters with both the Manitoba Securities Commission and the Cooperatives Regulator and has provided general assistance to the Manitoba Cooperatives Association in lobbying for changes to applicable legislation.

She has assisted new generation cooperatives in assembling business plans and prepared them for equity drives. She also represents more traditional cooperatives and multi-stakeholder co-ops, and has assisted in drafting by-laws and articles of incorporation for every type of co-op, both provincially and federally. Kristen provides general legal advice to cooperatives in a variety of industries, including agriculture, housing, insurance, retail, and oil and gas, to name a few.  Kristen has assisted cooperatives and credit unions in addressing multi-jurisdictional issues.

Kristen currently sits on the Board of Directors of Red River Co-op, a retail fuel and food co-op serving over 300,000 members located in Winnipeg and the surrounding region.

Memberships and Professional Designations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Manitoba Bar Association 
  • Coop Zone
  • Canadian Council for Public-private Partnerships

Positions

  • Bookmates Inc., Director (1998-2016)
  • Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival (2014 – present) 
  • Red River Co-op Member Relations, Committee Member (2013-2016)
  • Red River Co-op Director, Committee Member (2013-Present)

Lecturer

  • University of Manitoba Faculty of Law: Solicitors’ Transactions (1996-1998)
  • Hallcrest College: Intro to Commercial Law (1998)
  • Manitoba Bar Admission Courses: Commercial Law (2002, 2003)
  • Business Transactions: the Art of the Deal, Robson Hall, University of Manitoba (2013)

Additional Information

Securities 

Involved in numerous initial public offerings; provides local counsel opinions for national public and private offerings. 

Commercial 

Focus on public private partnerships (P3s), experienced with limited partnerships, general partnerships, limited liability partnerships; mergers and acquisitions; corporate reorganizations. 

Estates 

Multi-trust wills for high net-worth clients; corporate reorganizations for estate planning purposes. 

Environmental 

Experienced in advising commercial private enterprises in dealing with government, environmental policies, assisted in public offerings for bio-diesel/ ethanol plants, wind farms. 

Other Interests 

Published a book of poetry in 2004: “Stone Boat”, Turnstone Press. Passionate about cycling, travel and wine.

Articles and Resources by Kristen Wittman

Resources by Kristen Wittman
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Can a contract be formed by an exchange of emails?

2021 | 02 | 24

In Manitoba, electronic transactions are covered by The Electronic Commerce and Information Act C.C.S.M. c. E55 (the "Act"). Within the Act, section 19 provides: Formation and operation of contracts 19(1)Unless the parties agree otherwise, an offer, the acceptance of an offer, or any other matter that is material to the formation or operation of a contract may be expressed (a) by means of an electronic document; or (b) by an act — such as touching a computer screen, clicking on a computer screen or speaking — that is intended to electronically communicate the offer, acceptance or other matter. Legal effect of contract in electronic form 19(2) A contract shall not be denied legal effect or enforceability merely because an electronic document was used in its formation.

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Failure to file Notice of Change of Limited Partner

2021 | 02 | 16

Manitoba limited partnerships have found favour in the recent decades as a useful business organization, given the limited liability protection, and general ability to contract in or out of duties as the parties might wish. There are some trips and traps, however, the most notable being the consequence of the failure to file a notice in the public record of a change to the partners or their capital contributions.

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Limited Partnerships, Partnerships, Fiduciary Duties

2021 | 02 | 05

Fiduciary duties in the context of the partnership relationship.