Bruce is the senior partner of the firm and has been practising commercial law in Winnipeg for over 50 years. His practice is focused principally on securities and the financing of corporations and limited partnerships, as well as of provincial and civic issuers. He has advised private and public corporations and partnerships on a broad range of business matters, including transactional, operational, corporate governance, as well as public and private capital market issues.
Bruce’s experience includes having been counsel at various times to trust companies, securities firms, real estate development and construction companies and he represented the underwriters in the privatization of Manitoba’s public telephone utility. He has been counsel to several dealer members of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and has also had considerable experience in advancing client interests against various IIROC members. He has a particular expertise in provincial and civic debt offerings.
Bruce has an extensive practice as local counsel to various leading Canadian law firms in respect of the clearance in Manitoba of offerings of publicly held securities. He acts as Manitoba Attorney and Agent for Service for a large number of Canadian and international extra-provincial corporations.
Bruce has acted as an officer and director of a number of Canadian private corporations and as Chairman of the Investors Committee of a large Winnipeg residential/commercial real estate complex. He has also served as President (or other officer) as well as director of a number of Winnipeg charitable organizations, including at various times the United Way of Winnipeg, CancerCare Manitoba and Alliance for the Prevention of Chronic Disease as well as other not-for-profit corporations, including the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Villa Rosa, Manitoba Choral Association and Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba.
Bruce served as Chairman for several years of the Securities Law Section of the Manitoba Bar Association and has presented to the legal profession at various times on securities and corporate law matters. Working with The Manitoba Securities Commission, he authored a statutory provision for exempt offerings as a regulation under The Manitoba Securities Act and has acted as an expert witness at hearings of the Commission.
Bruce’s principal activity outside of the practice of law is as a member of the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and of the Mennonite Festival Chorus and he retreats when he can during the summer to his camp at the Lake of the Woods.