Sharon Stefanyk
Sharon Stefanyk
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Sharon Stefanyk handles complex civil disputes, in the courts of Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, focusing on insurance claims involving construction litigation, fire losses, product liability, large subrogated property claims and personal injury cases.

Her clients - often insurance companies centred throughout Canada - seek Sharon's help with architects and engineers liability claims, pipeline defects, pipeline hydro testing and dewatering claims, construction defects, professional liability, coverage opinions and serious bodily injury and wrongful death cases. In addition, Sharon often handles errors and omissions disputes and municipal and government liability cases.

Both plaintiffs and defendants have turned to Sharon seeking her experience and advice. In addition to appearing before all levels of Court in Alberta, Sharon regularly represents clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including private mediation, judicial dispute resolution and arbitration.

Value to Clients

Sharon has an efficient, proactive approach to litigation and dispute resolution and - as a client team leader - matches cases with the right resources. "My focus is on customer service and being responsive to my clients' needs and timelines. Clients like that I am always available to discuss their cases and provide advice as a trusted advisor based upon my years of experience in the insurance industry."

Outside the Office

In addition to being an avid golfer, Sharon is a long-time curling competitor.

Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Section (North)
Executive Committee Member at Large
2015 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Member
1988-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Construction Law Section (North)
Member
1988-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Member
1988-Present
Edmonton Bar Association
Member
1988-Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
1988-Present
Edmonton Insurance Association
Member
1990-Present
Law Society of Northwest Territories
Member
1993-Present
International Order of the Blue Goose
Member
1995-Present
Canadian Defence Lawyers
Member
2008-Present
Law Society of Nunavut
Member
2009-Present
Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters
Member
2010-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Chair
1996-1997
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Speakers Chairperson
1992-1995
Listed Insurance Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2014 - 2018
Listed Personal Injury Litigation
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2015 - 2018
"Distinguished"
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
2013, 2016 - 2017
Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Section (North)
Executive Committee Member at Large
2015 - Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation
Board of Directors
2014 - Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation - Halloween Howl Fun Run and Walk
Executive Committee Member
2014 - Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation
Jeans and Jersey Committee Member
2015 - Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation
Governance Committee Member
2015 - Present
Sturgeon Composite Grad Committee
Entertainment Chair
2013 - 2013
Canadian Association of Insurance Women
Education Chair for the 2012 Annual Convention
Edmonton Insurance Association
Education Committee
2009 - 2013
Saville Country Classic Junior Curling Bonspiel
Prize Committee
2008 - 2009
Student Legal Services of Edmonton
Volunteer
1985 - 1990
Toews v. First Choice Canada Inc. (Signature Vacations), 2016 ABQB 130, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Marjanski v. University Landscaping, 2015 ABQB, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Canadian Natural Resources Limited v. Arcelormittal Tubular Products Roman S.A. (Mittal Steel Roman S.A.), 2012 ABQB 679, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Howalta Electrical Services Inc. v. CDI Career Development Institutes Ltd., 2011 ABCA 234, Alberta Court of Appeal
Modesto v. K.R.T. Electrical Ltd et al
Nelson v. Industrial-Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company, 2010 ABQB 746, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada v. 671095 Alberta Ltd., 2010 ABQB 814, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
InnerSense International Inc. v. University of Alberta, [2007] A.J. No. 270, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Sra v. Zhu, [2007] A.J. No. 706, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Abramski v. TD Waterhouse Canada Inc., [2006] A.J. No. 191, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc., [2006] A.J. No. 925, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Weyerhauser Co. v. Jenner (c.o.b. Magic Welding), [2006] A.J. No. 169, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Kallal v. Optimum West, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc., [2005] A.J. No. 1717, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc., [2005] A.J. No. 1718, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc., [2004] A.J. No. 1160, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Adam v. Beaver, [2002] A.J. No. 1437, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Dacro Industries Ltd. V. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada, [2002] A.J. No. 95, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Medicine Hat (City) v. Continental Casualty Co., [2002] A.J. No. 350, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Toronto Dominion Bank v. Real Estate Council of Alberta, [2002] A.J. No. 75, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd., [2002] S.C.C.A. No. 102, Supreme Court of Canada
Evans v. Rustad, [2001] A.J. No. 1744, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Wood Buffalo (Regional Municipality) v. Scottish & York Insurance Co., [2001] A.J. No. 1650, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd., [2000] A.J. No. 495, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd., [2000] A.J. No. 1122, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd., [2000] A.J. No. 1152, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Robertson v. BHP diamonds Inc., [1999] N.W.T.J. No. 52, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Spenrath v. McKenzie, [1998] N.W.T.J. No. 86, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Izzard Estate v. Robinson's Trucking, [1994] A.W.T.J. No. 35, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Modern Livestock v. Kansa General Insurance Company, 157 A.R. 167, Alberta Court of Appeal
Reid v. Stein, [1994] A.J. No. 875, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Rohr (Guardian of) v. Hosack, [1991] A.J. No. 1020, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
August 2017
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  • An oil-sands pipeline distribution company was facing a substantial loss in a multi-party construction claim in Alberta. Sharon Stefaynk questioned technical experts and managed a substantial number of documents in the course of representing the company, which was able to favorably mediate the dispute.
  • A rebar company - ran into a dispute in the construction of a wastewater treatment plant. A mediation was agreed to before the questioning, resolving the matter in about a year instead of taking substantially longer.
  • An insurance client came to Sharon with a Conflict of Laws case involving a motor vehicle accident in Nova Scotia that the plaintiff moved to Alberta, where it brought a lawsuit. Sharon brought an application to Strike for Want of Jurisdiction, defeating the claim in a couple months.
Education
University of Alberta, 1987, Bachelor of Laws
Admissions
Alberta,1988
Northwest Territories,1993
Nunavut,2009