Oliver Ho

Oliver Ho

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Principal Practice Areas

  • Builders’ and Specialized Liens
  • Corporate and commercial litigation
  • Professional negligence
  • Construction and real estate litigation
  • Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Pension litigation
  • Estate litigation
  • Administrative Hearings (including Alberta Securities Commission hearings)

Born and raised in Calgary, Oliver is a graduate of the University of Calgary. He was conferred his B.A. and LL. B concurrently in 2002, and his MBA in 2016.

After articling and working as an associate with a large national firm, Oliver joined Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP, with whom he has worked for over a decade. During his years in practice, Oliver has had the opportunity to defend physicians and now advances professional negligence claims. In addition, significant portions of Oliver's practice include corporate and commercial litigation (including construction and real estate litigation, and insolvency and restructuring work), administrative law including securities hearings, and class action lawsuits. Oliver has worked extensively with and for clients of all sizes from individuals, private companies and public companies with international operations. While he has appeared before all levels of Court in Alberta, and the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Oliver's pragmatic approach to resolving clients' disputes has assisted his clients in achieving both effective and efficient solutions.

Oliver served four years (2002-2005) as an elected member of the Senate of the University of Calgary, and was a member of the selection committee for the first Dean of the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He has also been a regular interviewer facilitating the admissions process for the medical school at the University of Calgary. Oliver is also a member of the Board of Directors for both the Youth Singers of Calgary and the Legal Archives Society of Alberta.

Oliver has been a volunteer judge for various University of Calgary Faculty of Law moot teams, is a volunteer judge and evaluator for the CPLED articling program, a coach for various high school debate teams, and a judge for the Canadian Bar Association Law Day Trial Competition.

Oliver is also a sessional instructor at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

Having competed for the University of Calgary as a member of the Varsity Track & Field Team, Oliver has continued to fulfill his interest in athletics by competing in triathlons and marathons. Oliver is also an accomplished musician having been recognized in national and international competitions. Oliver's ensembles have released a number of albums and have performed concert tours on five continents. Presently, Oliver sings and plays keyboard for the firm's band, the Advo-Cats, who have recorded no albums and have performed on only one continent.

Charity & Extra-Curricular Activities

  • University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine Admissions Interviewer
  • Pro Bono Law Alberta volunteer lawyer
  • CPLED Evaluator
  • Practice Judge for University of Calgary Faculty of Law Moot Teams
  • Canadian Bar Association Law Day Trial Competition Judge
  • Member of the Legal Archives Society of Alberta Board of Directors
  • Member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Advocacy & Policy Committee
  • Member of the Youth Singers of Calgary Board of Directors
Please contact Oliver Ho at hoo [at] jssbarristers [dot] ca if you are interested in receiving a copy of any of the following:
  • Author and Presenter, "Law Firm Mergers Among Canadian Law Firms; The Effect on Lawyer Retention", a Thesis for the University of Calgary, September 7, 2016.
  • Author and Presenter, "Latent and Patent Defects", for the Canadian Bar Association - Alberta, Residential Real Estate Law Subsection , Calgary, Alberta, September 9, 2015.
  • Author and Presenter, "CCAA Primer - Staying Involved When Your Client Needs It Most", for client presentation, March 11, 2015.
  • Author and Presenter, "Preparing for Trial under the New Rules of Court", for the Canadian Bar Association - Alberta, Personal Injury (South) Subsection, Calgary, Alberta, December 6, 2011.
  • Author and Presenter, "Comparison of Sections of Old Rules of Court and New Rules of Court", for the Canadian Bar Association - Alberta, Civil Litigation (North) Subsection, Edmonton, Alberta, November 15, 2011.
  • Author, "Expropriation Handbook, Regarding: Expropriation Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. E-13"
  • Author and Presenter, "Proving Causation in Medical Negligence Cases", for the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, December 2007.
  • Co-Author with John Ramsay, QC, "Bill 44 - Personal Information Protection Act, Alberta's Private Sector Privacy Legislation: The Impact on Your Business".
  • Co-Author with Clark Roberts, "The Office of the Privacy Commissioner: Procedure and Decisions".
  • Author on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Privacy Legislation Working Group "Submissions Regarding the Development of Providing Sector Privacy Legislation".
  • Author, "Alberta, Personal Information Protection Act, a Summary and Comparisons to PIPEDA".
  • Contributor, "British Columbia, Personal Information Protection Act, a Summary and Comparison to PIPEDA".
  • Author, "Personal Information Protection Act, a Comparison Between Alberta's and British Columbia's Privacy Legislation".