Heather Barnhouse

Corporate/Commercial Partner at Dentons


Heather is a member of the firm’s Technology and Corporate Commercial Groups. Heather has experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating a broad range of technology-related as well as corporate/commercial agreements to assist clients with all aspects of their business, from organization, structural management, operational, financing, succession and exit transactions (i.e. mergers and acquisitions).

Heather advises clients with respect to corporate issues relating to statutory requirements, shareholder and director issues, liability issues and other related matters from an organizational, operational and transactional perspective, including shareholder and partnership agreements and disputes related thereto.

Heather has extensive experience advising clients looking to scale their business in creative and non-conventional ways. These initiatives often involve forming strategic partnerships or joint venture arrangements to exploit opportunities that may be available through the successful combination of resources. She has worked with many clients that have formed partnerships with First Nations to realize opportunities to expand reach and grow in new markets and territories. She has expertise in the structural establishment of such partnerships for maximal benefit, operational efficiency and succession considerations.

Presentation Summary

Understanding the legal perspectives of business can be daunting. With shareholder agreements, personal guarantees, liability just to name a few of these things we need to think about as entrepreneurs in agriculture and agri-food, it's important we are aware of what needs to be done, why and what the impacts will be. Tracy and Heather will address the legal aspects we need to be aware of and what we need to consider when we are entering agreements and signing our names.