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
Article

Cooperatives and COVID-19:  Can a Co-op hold an AGM electronically?

2020 | 03 | 23

Cooperatives and COVID-19:  Can a Co-op hold an AGM electronically?

Taylor McCaffreyArticle

Responsibilities and Liabilities of Directors in Manitoba

2019 | 04 | 08

What follows are highlights of the more important duties, responsibilities and liabilities imposed on directors of a privately-held, for profit corporation incorporated pursuant to The Corporations Act of Manitoba (the "MCA") under the provincial and federal laws applicable in Manitoba.

Taylor McCaffreyArticle

Limited Partnerships – Benefits of Manitoba

2014 | 06 | 09

Generally speaking, and although there is limited case law to assist us on this point, it is my opinion that the greater the nexus or connection to Manitoba, the more likely the flow of benefits from the Manitoba legislation (and in particular, as further discussed below, Section 63(2) which permits a limited partner to engage in the business of the partnership without losing the limitation of liability).