Shaunt Parthev, Q.C.


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Office: Saskatoon

Main: (306) 975-7108

Fax: (306) 975-7145

Education & Qualifications

  • Saskatchewan Bar (1987)
  • LLB (Saskatchewan, 1986)
  • B.Comm. (Saskatchewan, 1983)

Shaunt Parthev focuses on defending complex multi-party claims, with special emphasis on class actions, mining and industrial site litigation, large loss construction claims and insurance actions.

  • Robin Hood Management Ltd. et al. v. Gelmich et al, 2014 SKQB 347, a successful application to strike a civil claim against the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission on the ground that it did not disclose a reasonable cause of action.
  • Anstead v Saskatchewan Medical Association, 2014 SKQB 406, defending the Saskatchewan Medical Association in class action proceedings by a group of physicians based on allegations of a breach of a duty of fair representation and breach of fiduciary duty in negotiations on their behalf with the Ministry of Health.
  • Whatcott v. Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission), 2013 SCC 11, Supreme Court of Canada decision dealing with hate speech under Saskatchewan Human Rights legislation.
  • Fission Energy Corporation, successfully resisting an application under The Crown Minerals Act challenging significant mineral claims granted in Northern Saskatchewan.
  • Schofield v. City of Saskatoon, QB No. 1074 of 2011 (unreported order dated June 14, 2012), representing the City of Saskatoon in successfully resisting an attempt to certify a class action relating to a dispute over contributions to and benefits from a pension plan spanning a 42-year period.
  • Bautz v. Advantage Credit Union, 2011 SK QB 215, an action for negligence or breach of contract on a disputed insurance policy.
  • Crescent Restaurants v. ICR Brokerage Inc. (c.o.b. ICR Ashford Commercial Real Estate), 2010 SK CA 92 (Sask C.A.), an action alleging breach of fiduciary duty in a commercial real estate transaction.
  • de Balinhard v. Butler Byers Hail Insurance Ltd., 2010 SK PC 13, disputing insurance coverage relating to hail.
  • Robinson v. Saskatoon (City), 2010 SKQB 98, successfully representing the defendant City in the dismissal of an application for injunctive relief and for an application to certify a proposed class action involving a challenge to the City’s method of administering and issuing taxicab licenses.
  • Ceapro v. Sask (Government) et al, (2008) 326 Sask R. 7. Dismissal of a $9 million claim against an investment fund following a five-month trial.
  • 601260 Saskatchewan Inc. v. ING Insurance Company of Canada, 2008 SK QB 470, a dispute over the interpretation of a commercial insurance contract and duty to defend.
  • Cole v. Prairie Centre Credit Union Ltd., (2007) 305 Sask. R. 82, 2007 SKQB 184, 2007 SKQB 171. Denying certification of a proposed class action involving the loss of confidential information from discarded computers.
  • Miezianko v. Bjorkdale Lions Club, (2004) SKQB 170, (2007) 304 Sask R 174 (C.A.). Successful defence of personal injury action following civil jury trial and appeal.
  • Hill v. Arcola School Division, (2002) SKQB 156, successful defence of school division following three week jury trial involving a claim for brain injury from an accident during school activity.
  • Garrett v. Kumtor Operating Co. and Kilborn Enka, et al. 197 Sask R. 113, significant action relating to accidental helicopter crash in foreign jurisdiction.
  • Kendal v. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic School Division No. 20, [2004] 249 Sask R. 229. Successful defence of a school division at trial and on appeal relating to injuries to a teacher at school by a student.
  • B. (D.) v. C. (M.), [2002] TWL QB 02436 and C.A. decision [2002] TWL CA 02137 (Sask C.A.), an action to determine employer liability for deliberate and criminal acts of an employee.
  • Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology v. Hagblom Construction, an action for recovery of $10 million in damages following a fire at technical college.
  • Walton v. General Accident Assurance Company of Canada, (2000) 194 D.L.R. (4th) 315, precedent setting case regarding insurable interest.

Shaunt was involved in one of the largest civil cases in Canadian history dealing with insurance and mining issues. His insurance defence practice focuses on trial work and large loss claims in industrial accidents (including boiler and machinery), professional liability, education, mining and environmental litigation. He has represented clients at courts on all levels in Canada, having conducted numerous jury and non-jury civil trials, including a recent five month trial involving the successful defence of a claim by a group of disgruntled investors against an investment fund.

Over the years Shaunt has appeared and presented at numerous loss prevention seminars geared towards various professional disciplines including financial planners, risk managers, architects, engineers and surveyors.

Shaunt is a long-time member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), an organization based out of Chicago, Illinois that promotes the interests of the defence bar.

  • “If You Are Thinking Jury, Don’t Think Too Much,” CBA Saskatchewan BarNotes (winter 2010)
  • “Courts Choose ‘Continuous Trigger’ Theory to Determine Timing of Ongoing Damage,” The Lawyers Weekly (June 8, 2007)
  • “Discovery: A Practical Guide to Discovery of Documents and Examination For Discovery,” Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (2007)
  • “Employers’ Vicarious Liability for Acts of Employees,” Civil Practice Update, Saskatchewan Legal Education Society (2002)
  • “Prepare to be Discovered,” 2002 Canadian Risk Managers Conference, hosted by RIMS
  • Mock Jury Trial Presentation, Canadian Risk Managers Conference, hosted by CURIE
  • One of Benchmark Canada’s “Canada Litigation Stars” – Class Actions (since 2013), Insurance (since 2014)
  • One of the Best Lawyers in Canada – Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, Insurance Law (since 2010)
  • Insurance Lawyer of the Year, U.S.-based publication Best Lawyers (2011)
  • One of Canada’s Leading Lawyers – Commercial Insurance Litigation, Corporate Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability, Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Litigation  (since 2007), The Canadian Lexpert Legal Directory
  • Lexis-Nexis / Martindale-Hubbell – “BV Peer Review Rated”
  • CPLED Saskatchewan Volunteer Award (2008)
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel (2008)