Small Business Restructuring Team

Brenda Wood

Brenda Wood

CIRP, LIT

Partner

Biography

Brenda is a Partner with the Restructuring practice of Farber. With over 25 years of insolvency experience, her practice focuses on the administration of consumer proposals, personal bankruptcies, small business restructurings, receiverships, and corporate bankruptcies.

She is based out of Orillia, Ontario and manages several offices in Simcoe County, the Districts of Muskoka, and Parry Sound.

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Brenda brings a level of care to clients, giving them peace of mind, a sense of self-worth, and financial rehabilitation. Her experience includes:

  • being involved with the successful restructuring of small businesses
  • being involved with the successful completion of Consumer Proposals
  • assisting individuals with the filing of assignments in bankruptcy providing them with a fresh start
Brett Luckin

Brett Luckin

CIRP, LIT

Partner

Biography

Brett Luckin is a Partner with the Restructuring practice at Farber.

Based in Vancouver, his practice focuses on helping small businesses, small business owners, professionals, and consumers in distress.

He understands the impact that financial problems can have on his clients’ livelihoods; and provides practical, cost-effective solutions to financial problems.

Brett is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee and has also been involved in proposal trustee, receiver (private and court appointments), and bankruptcy trustee appointments for distressed businesses undertaking a restructuring or an insolvency proceeding pursuant to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

 

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  • Two separate Ponzi scheme type bankruptcies, both files with large pools of mostly individual creditors (investors) requiring considerable forensic examination of records and documents, including British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) involvement, and the unraveling of the complex legal investment structure affecting the claims of those creditors.
  • Liquidation proposal and resultant bankruptcy of a medium-sized printing operation whilst acting as a private receiver requiring the balancing of multiple stakeholder interests and competing priorities.
  • Multiple court-appointed receiverships requiring large-scale asset tracing and asset sales processes – including a large-scale log processing operation, motor vehicle dealership, and technology company.
  • Guiding of multiple small to medium-sized business operations through private receiverships, division 1 restructuring proposals and bankruptcies.
  • Brett has also been involved in the liquidation of a public company pursuant to the voluntary liquidation provisions of the British Columbia Business Corporations Act.
Bridget van Wyk

Bridget van Wyk

CPA, CA, CIRP, LIT

Biography

Education and Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science at University of British Columbia in 2003/2004
  • Chartered Accountant (CA), 2008
  • Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional, 2012

 

Profile

Bridget is a Trustee in the Insolvency and Restructuring practice of the Farber Financial Group. She is primarily responsible for providing debt solution services to individuals in British Columbia.

Prior to joining Farber in May 2015, Bridget managed the Consumer Insolvency business of a major accounting and insolvency firm in BC. She has also had extensive experience in corporate recovery engagements across a broad range of industries including retail, medical, leisure and commodities. In addition she has also been involved in numerous assignments involving financial institutions in BC.

Outside of work, Bridget has been associated with the Cinderella Project, which promotes inclusiveness for underprivileged students as well as the Easter Seals.

David S. Ponting

David S. Ponting

CPA, CGA, CIRP, LIT

Biography

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • HBBA, Sir Wilfred Laurier University, 1990
  • Certified General Accountant (CGA), Certified General Accountants of Ontario, 1994
  • Certified Professional Accountant (CPA)
  • Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP), 1999
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustee, 1999

 

David S. Ponting is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee with the Insolvency & Restructuring practice of Farber Financial Group.

David practices in the Hamilton/Niagara Region area (Hamilton, Stoney Creek, St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls and Burlington) for the Firm.

His practice focuses on personal, small business and corporate insolvency and restructuring, distressed financial advisory services and corporate consultative advisory services and has been involved on a variety of Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and (Companies’ Creditors Arrangements Act) CCAA engagements.

He joined Farber Financial Group in 2013 and has more than 19 years of experience assisting financially challenged individuals and businesses through both informal insolvency processes and formal insolvency processes under both the BIA and the CCAA. He has experience in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, construction, agriculture, food service, hospitality and retail. David works with under-performing businesses and their stakeholders with a focus to finding mutually beneficial solutions.

In addition to assisting financially troubled businesses, David has extensive experience with consumer debtors. David has been a trusted adviser to individuals in the Niagara Region for more than 16 years assisting them to relieve the pressures related to debt.

David is a regular presenter on insolvency matters. He has presented to Ontario Bar Association as well as several financial institutions, and the Certified General Accountants Association as part of their continued education forums.

David is currently the treasurer of the Welland Outdoor Tennis Club. He has also served as treasurer of the Welland chapter of the Rotary Club of Canada and has an active role in their fundraising efforts. David has also been heavily involved in local youth athletics, coaching several youth teams in various sports. David is married, lives in Welland where he is raising his two young children with his spouse of 18 years.

Dennis Kish

Dennis Kish

BA, JD, CIRP, LIT

Biography

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Windsor, 1991
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), Michigan State University College of Law, 1996
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, 2005
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustee, 2012
  • Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP), Canada, 2012

Profile

Dennis Kish is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee with the Insolvency & Restructuring practice of Farber Financial Group.

His practice focuses on personal, corporate and owner-managed business insolvency and restructuring. He also provides solutions to business owners with tax debt problems, and works closely with other professionals to help their clients solve debt problems.

Dennis joined Farber Financial Group in 2002 from a prominent law firm in the United States where he represented banks in insolvency proceedings. He returned to the practice of law in Canada in 2009. In early 2011, Dennis returned to Farber.

Prior to becoming a Licensed Insolvency Trustee, Dennis practiced law in the areas of insolvency and creditors’ rights, having acted as legal counsel to trustees, debtors and banks in a wide variety of insolvency proceedings in both Canada and the United States.

Dennis works closely with people and business owners dealing with debt. He is able to outline all options for debt relief. Whether a proposal or bankruptcy protection, Dennis helps people by providing them with strategies to help rebuild their financial future.

Erez Cukierman

Erez Cukierman

CIRP, LIT

Biography

Erez Cukierman has been helping people with their personal finances since 1997. He began his career at a major Canadian financial institution as a financial advisor for both retail and private banking clients. In 2009, Erez began specializing in insolvency and restructuring at a consumer practice firm and gained further experience working at a national accounting firm in their corporate recovery and reorganization group. In 2014, Erez joined A. Farber & Partners as a Licensed Insolvency Trustee where he can practice in both the consumer and corporate arenas.

Throughout his career, Erez has prided himself on providing sound advice to people by making strong connections and always looking at the bigger picture. Erez’s hands-on involvement in both the corporate and consumer practices are fundamental in finding solutions for the self-employed and people with complex financial problems.

In addition to his work within the consumer practice, Erez’s corporate experience spans various sectors, including, retail, construction, advertising, manufacturing, hospitality, financial institutions, real estate, and technology. He has acted as a private and Court-appointed receiver as well as a private and Court-appointed monitor under the CCAA (Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act).

Erez also volunteers with the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (“CAIRP”) and is on a committee which reviews and makes recommendations to the memorandum of understanding between CAIRP and the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada.

Erez is a graduate of York University (with an Honours degree in Economics and Political Science), is a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Practitioner and a Licensed Insolvency Trustee in Canada. He is married and has a young child and enjoys spending time with his family.

Glynis Bass

Glynis Bass

CA, CPA, CIRP, LIT

Biography

Glynis Bass has been involved in the insolvency industry since the year 2000, originally serving with Deloitte & Touche LLP as a Senior Manager in their Reorganization Department, and since 2009 with A. Farber & Partners as a Licensed Insolvency Trustee in our Consumer and Small Business practice.

Glynis has advised lenders and creditors regarding the financial position and performance of distressed companies, assisted the management of underperforming companies to help them identify and resolve issues, and utilized her extensive insurance company liquidation experience to deal with complex asset issues.  In addition she also has extensive experience assisting individuals resolve their financial problems. Glynis enjoys working with people and finds it rewarding to assist them in a positive manner.

Glynis is a graduate of the University of South Africa (with an Honours degree in Commerce), is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Practitioner. She received her license as a Licensed Insolvency Trustee in Canada in 2003.

On a personal note, Glynis is a “hockey mom” to two active sons and spends many hours supporting them in their various endeavours.

Graeme Whitehead

Graeme Whitehead

CIRP, LIT

Partner

Biography

Graeme Whitehead is a Partner with the Restructuring practice of Farber. His practice focuses on personal, small business, and corporate insolvency and restructuring, distressed financial advisory services, and corporate consultative advisory services.

He joined Farber in 2009 after 11 years with one of the leading assurance and accounting firms in Canada where he gained experience in roles including:

  • Licensed Insolvency Trustee/administrator of proposals
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustee of consumer and corporate estates
  • interim, private, and court-appointed receiver
  • private and court-appointed monitor
  • proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act

Graeme brings a creative, respectful, and co-operative approach to all insolvency engagements. He takes great pride in his work whether it is assisting a family save their home while maximizing the recovery to creditors or it is restructuring and preserving a viable business for its stakeholders, owners, and employees.

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  • Helping families and individuals with personal and business debt concerns
  • Commercial industry experience includes greenhouse operations, vineyards, wineries, general manufacturing and machining, retail, and trucking
Ilan Kibel

Ilan Kibel

CPA, CA, CIRP, LIT

Biography

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of South Africa, 1996
  • Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Auditing, University of South Africa, 1997
  • Chartered Accountant (CA), South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, 1998
  • Chartered Accountant (CA), Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, 1999
  • Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP), Canada, 2005
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustee, Canada, 2005
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, 2012

Profile

Ilan Kibel is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee with the Insolvency & Restructuring practice of Farber Financial Group.

Ilan manages the firm’s Simcoe Region practices (Barrie, Alliston, Collingwood, Midland, Orillia and Wasaga Beach).

His practice focuses on small business and corporate insolvency and restructuring, distressed financial advisory services and corporate consultative advisory services.

He joined Farber Financial Group in 2012 with more than 12 years of experience in insolvency and restructuring in Canada where he gained experience acting as Trustee/Administrator of Proposals, Licensed Insolvency Trustee of consumer and corporate estates, private and court-appointed receiver, interim receiver, private and court-appointed monitor and proceedings under the CCAA (Companies’ Creditors Arrangements Act).

His commercial industry experience includes greenhouse operations, general manufacturing and machining, and retail. In addition to his insolvency and restructuring experience, Ilan also has experience in providing transaction-related services including due diligence, corporate finance, and mergers & acquisitions support to mid-market enterprises.

Ilan brings a creative, respectful and co-operative approach to all insolvency engagements. He takes great pride in his work whether it is assisting a family save their home while maximizing the recovery to creditors or it is restructuring and preserving a viable business for its stakeholders, owners and employees.

Jane Woo

Jane Woo

CIRP, LIT

Partner

Biography

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Saskatchewan, 1986
  • Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP), Canada, 1989
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustee, Canada, 1988

Profile

Jane Wood is a Partner in the Insolvency & Restructuring and the Small Business Restructuring practices at Farber Financial Group.

Her practice focuses on owner-managed and small businesses along with personal insolvency and restructuring, primarily in the Chinese marketplace in Toronto.

Jane also focuses on corporate insolvency and restructuring, distressed financial advisory services and corporate consultative advisory services and has been involved on a variety of Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and Companies’ Creditors Arrangements Act (CCAA) engagements.

Jane joined Farber Financial Group in 2009. Prior to joining the firm, Jane has spent more than 20 years working a number of global accounting and consulting firms.

In January 2012, Jane was promoted to Partner within the firm.

She has extensive experience in both corporate and personal bankruptcy and restructuring issues and has served with both large accounting and consulting firms and mid-sized insolvency firms across the Greater Toronto Area.

Committed to education, Jane has served on written and oral examination boards for the National Insolvency Qualification Program (NIQP), a three-year course administered jointly by the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB) and the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP).

Jane is very active in the Chinese business community and has served as a board member on a number of business organizations in Toronto.

John Delo

John Delo

CPA, CMA, CIRP, LIT

Partner

Biography

John Delo is a Partner with the Restructuring practice of Farber. With 23 years of insolvency experience, his practice focuses on assisting consumer debtor’s in navigating their way through the various options available and finding tangible solutions to address their financial difficulties.

He has assisted clients in resolving their financial issues by acting as:

  • a trustee in bankruptcy
  • an administrator under a Consumer Proposal
  • a trustee under a Part III Division I Proposal

As a senior insolvency professional, he has extensive experience in a wide array of assignments covering all aspects of both consumer and corporate insolvency and restructuring proceedings.

John`s experience provides him with the means to address the individual concerns and craft solutions that work for that client.

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  • negotiated a settlement with Canada Revenue Agency that achieved the financial results desired by the client as well as the major creditor. Although the debtor was asked to improve their proposal offer, through a very protracted negotiation, a fair and reasonable settlement was reached
  • acted as Chief Restructuring Officer under a CCAA on a farm related corporate file
  • acted as a court-appointed Supervisor under the Courts of Justice Act to supervise a large banquet facility as a result of a shareholder’s dispute
  • appointed by the court-appointed as an interim receiver under a Division I Proposal
Martin Cyr

Martin Cyr

CIRP, LIT

Partner

Biography

Martin Cyr is a Partner with the Restructuring practice of Farber. Based out of Vancouver, he manages the firm’s British Columbia and Alberta practices.

His practice focuses on helping business owners and professionals with their financial issues, with the goal of coming to an equitable resolution with all their creditors. His experience includes:

  • small businesses and corporate insolvency
  • restructuring
  • distressed financial advisory services
  • corporate consultative advisory services

He has been involved in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act engagements across a wide range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, cosmetics, hydro-electric, not-for-profit, and construction. Martin is often called upon to work directly with the Canada Revenue Agency to help clients avoid bankruptcy and negotiate a reduction in their tax debts.

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Martin’s bankruptcy, insolvency, and restructuring experience includes:

  • acting as a court-appointed receiver for the marketing and sale of a hydro-electric power plant
  • acting as Licensed Insolvency Trustee for proposals for a multi-location retailer by successfully negotiating removal of government liens and restructuring the significant personal debt of the principals of the business
  • acting as a Licensed Insolvency Trustee for proposals negotiating for professionals ranging from doctors, dentists, accountants, and lawyers with the Canada Revenue Agency and other creditors
Melanie Wengle

Melanie Wengle

B.A., LLB, CIRP, LIT

Partner

Biography

Melanie Wengle is a Partner and Licensed Insolvency Trustee with the Restructuring practice of Farber.

Her practice focuses on personal, corporate, and owner-managed business insolvency and restructuring. With her training as a lawyer, Melanie represents the firm in court dealing with all areas of the administration of client’s insolvency matters, including complex court hearings.

She also provides solutions to business owners with tax debt problems, and works closely with other professionals to help their clients solve debt problems.

She is active in management of the firm’s services to individuals through the Personal Division, supervising staff in more than 30 offices. She is responsible for streamlining acquired insolvency practices into the Personal Division and is the lead on technical insolvency and legal issues.

Murray Sholdice

Murray Sholdice

CPA, CGA, CIRP, LIT

Partner

Biography

Murray Sholdice is a Partner with the Restructuring practice of Farber. He is based out of London, Ont., and is responsible for offices in St. Thomas, Woodstock, Chatham, and Tillsonburg.

Murray’s practice focuses on helping small businesses (including owners), professionals, and consumers survive and thrive.

He understands the personal impact that financial problems can pose and provides creative, practical, cost-effective solutions that benefit the business, the owner, or the consumer.

Murray joined Farber in 2014 when his firm, McLay & Company, which had deep roots in South Western Ontario, joined Farber. Prior to McLay, Murray spent more than 13 years at one of Canada’s largest accounting and financial services firms, based in the London, Ont., office.

Noah Litwack

Noah Litwack

CIRP, LIT

Manager

Biography

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Economics & Mathematics), York University, 2005
  • Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP), Canada, 2012
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustee, Canada, 2013

Profile

Noah Litwack is a Manager in the Insolvency & Restructuring practice and member of the Small Business Restructuring practice at Farber Financial Group.

His practice focuses on small businesses and corporate insolvency and restructuring, distressed financial advisory services and corporate consultative advisory services. He has been involved in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) engagements across a wide range of industries.

Noah joined Farber in 2008. He has quickly progressed through a number of roles and in 2013 attained his Trustee in Bankruptcy license.

Noah is actively involved in his community as a volunteer youth hockey coach.

Robyn White

Robyn White

CPA, CGA, CIRP, LIT

Managing Director | Restructuring

Biography

Robyn White is a Managing Director with the Restructuring practice of Farber. Her practice focuses on restructuring solutions and financial advisory services for small and medium-sized businesses.

She has a proven track record managing projects and teams of different sizes and complexities across diverse industries. With more than 25 years of hands-on experience, she possesses strong technical skills in:

  • restructuring
  • liquidations
  • asset realization
  • refinancing assistance
  • general business advice

She exhibits strong communication and interpersonal skills and consistently is able to motivate parties to work towards a common goal.

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Robyn is able to present solutions, and effectively and efficiently execute her recommendations, including:

  • operating businesses in distress to facilitate completion of work in process, collection of accounts receivable, and finalization of the sale of assets
  • marketing, negotiating, and successfully completing sales of assets of various organizations including publicly traded companies, Tier 2 automotive part manufacturers, retail stores, manufacturers, software developers, construction related, and food distributors
  • providing strategic advice and expertise to corporations, secured lenders, and other stakeholders regarding challenging situations
Sonya Strand

Sonya Strand

BA, CIRP, LIT

Biography

Sonya is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee and a Certified Insolvency Counselor.

Sonya was a Senior Manager with Paddon + Yorke prior to its acquisition by A. Farber and Partners Inc. She has over 15 years experience in personal insolvency matters, as well as a number of corporate engagements including corporate bankruptcies and Court-appointed Receiverships.

In April 2013, Sonya was recognized by the Ontario Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (OAIRP) for being the second highest scoring writer on the Competency-based National Insolvency Examination (CNIE). Sonya is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP).

Sonya primarily serves clients in Hamilton, Burlington, Stoney Creek, Dundas, St. Catharines, and Niagara Falls. When you meet with Sonya, you will be assured that she takes pride in her work and strives to provide the best professional and practical solutions to your financial problems.

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Our Team was last modified: October 17th, 2018 by Licensed Insolvency Trustee