Sean regularly appears before various boards and tribunals, before all levels of court up to the Ontario Court of Appeal, and as an advocate in commercial arbitrations. Sean is Past President and a current Director of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has written and delivered papers for conferences and seminars on various topics, including expropriation and commercial leasing. Sean is also an instructor at The Advocates' Society.

Sean also practises in the area of employment law, including wrongful dismissal, employment standards, occupational health and safety, contract and policy drafting.

Sean Foran is a leading expropriation lawyer, with extensive experience as counsel in large-scale infrastructure projects. Sean also practises real-estate, business, employment and government litigation.

Sean regularly appears before various boards and tribunals, before all levels of court up to the Ontario Court of Appeal, and as an advocate in commercial arbitrations. Sean is Past President and a current Director of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has written and delivered papers for conferences and seminars on various topics, including expropriation and commercial leasing. Sean is also an instructor at The Advocates' Society.

Sean also practises in the area of employment law, including wrongful dismissal, employment standards, occupational health and safety, contract and policy drafting.

Notable Mandates

Acted:

  • for Ontario municipalities in large-scale infrastructure projects involving the expropriation of multiple properties;
  • for multiple landowners in expropriation of their properties for transit infrastructure projects (Eglinton Crosstown; Union-Pearson Express); 
  • for Hydro One in the expropriation of multiple properties for the Bruce-Milton transmission line
  • often for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation on expropriation matters arising out of the construction of major highways;
  • for one of the largest agricultural marketing boards in Canada on many issues, including constitutional and trade challenges;
  • for the landowner in proceedings arising out of Ontario's biggest tire fire;
  • for defendants in occupational health and safety prosecutions, including the successful defence to charges arising out of a workplace fatality.

Reported Cases

Automotive Plaza (Hwy. 7 & Bowes Rd.) Ltd. v York (Municipality) (2016), 3 L.C.R. (2d) 203 (OMB)

Spanter Developments Inc. v. Markham (City) (2012), 110 L.C.R. 77 (OMB)

Brampton (City) v. Sidhu (2012), 107 L.C.R. 33 (OMB)

Antrim v. Ontario (Ministry of Transportation) (2009), 96 L.C.R. 100 (OMB)

Antrim Truck Centres Ltd. v. Ontario (Minister of Transportation) (2008), 95 L.C.R. 229 (OMB)

Antrim Truck Centre Ltd. v. Ontario (Minister of Transportation) (2008), 94 L.C.R. 240 (OMB)

Penney v. Penney (2006), 153 A.C.W.S. (3d) 305 (Ont. Sup. Ct. J.)

Cunningham v. Front of Yonge (Township)
(2004), 72 O.R. (3d) 721, 245 D.L.R. (4th) 460, 5
M.P.L.R. (4th) 15 (C.A.)

Dowdell (Trustee of) v. Rinzema
(2004), 7 C.P.C. (6th) 315 (Ont. Sup. Ct. J.)

Cunningham v. Front of Yonge (Township) (2003), 5 M.P.L.R. (4th) 28 (Ont. Sup. Ct. J.)

565486 Ontario Inc. v. Tristone Properties Inc.
(2001), 54 O.R. (3d) 689 (Sup. Ct. J.)

Inter‐Global Investments Inc. v. Tormina Markham Inc. (2000), 34 R.P.R. (3d) 107 (Ont. Sup. Ct.
J.)

Hullmark Development Ltd. v. Ontario (Minister of Transportation)
(2000), 70 L.C.R. 48 (OMB)

Wilson's Truck Lines Ltd. v. IWA‐Canada, Local 700
, [1999] L.V.I. 3009‐7, [1999] O.L.A.A. No.
153, 55 C.L.A.S. 197 (Ont. Arbitration)

Deverell v. Anson, Hindon and Minden (Townships) (1998), 110 O.A.C. 372 (C.A.)

Imperial Oil Ltd. v. Ontario (Superintendent of Pensions) (1996), 15 C.C.P.B. 31 (Pension
Commission)

Scharf v. Freure Homes Ltd. (1994), [1996] 1 C.T.C. 70D (Ont. Ct. J. (Gen. Div.))

Richmond Hill (Town) Zoning By‐law 448‐91 (re) (1994), 21 M.P.L.R. (2d) 86 (OMB)

Harnox Holdings Ltd. v. Canada Post Corporation
(1993), 4 W.D.C.P. (2d) 281 (Ont. Ct. J. (Gen.
Div.))

Albert Bloom Ltd. v. Intermetco Ltd.
(1992), 8 O.R. (3d) 625 (Ct. J. (Gen. Div.))

Publications

Acquiring Land for a Municipal Infrastructure Project", 2014 Lexpert/ALM 500 Directory, October 2014 (with Christopher Tzekas and Bradley McLellan)

"Antrim Truck Centre: Supreme Court Restores Compensation Award For New Highway Construction", WeirFoulds LLP Client Update, April 2013

"Working in Canada: An Overview of Employment Law", WeirFoulds LLP, October 2011 (with Krista Chaytor, Albert Formosa, Les O'Connor, Maralynne Monteith, John Wilkinson, Raj Anand, N. William Ross, Rachel Goldenberg, and Faren Bogach)

"Annual Case Law Update" (2009), Ontario Expropriation Association, 2009 Fall Seminar

"Motions Before the OMB in Expropriation Cases", Ontario Expropriation Association Training Session for the OMB, 2008 and 2005

"Compensation When No Land Taken: Principles and Pitfalls" (2002), Ontario Expropriation Association, 2002 Fall Seminar

"Knowing Assistance and Knowing Receipt, Breach of Trust Cases - Actual or Constructive Knowledge Required?" (1998) Credit and Banking Litigation (co-author)

"Can Canada Legally Net the Spanish?" (1995), 3 Parliamentary Brief 11

"Remedies of the Shareholder in a Closely Held Corporation", Ontario Bar Association, Business Law - Parting Shots: Remedies for Partnership Disputes and Corporate Hostilities (1992)

"Tenant Defaults and Landlord Responses", Canadian Institute, Commercial Lease Defaults: A Legal and Business Guide (1991)

Speaking Engagements

"Statutory Offers and Multiple Interests in Expropriated Lands", International Right of Way Association, 2017 Spring Education Seminar, Niagara Falls, May 12, 2017

"Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements", WeirFoulds, Toronto, ON, November 10, 2016

"Municipal Land Acquisition: Alternatives to Expropriation", Association of Municipalities Conference, Windsor, August 15, 2016

"Expropriations and Compensation", presentation to the Commercial Law Section of the Federal Department of Justice, Toronto, October 14, 2015

"Recent Developments in Expropriation Law", presentation to the Commercial Law Section of the Federal Department of Justice at conference on public private partnerships, Ottawa, October 8, 2013

Co-presenter, Legal and Regulatory Issues for Property Managers and Owners, Property Management Exposition & Conference, Toronto, November 28, 2012

Co-presenter, Springfest Toronto - Roundtable on Legal and Regulatory Issues for Property Managers and Owners, April 17, 2012.

"Winning & Defending Strike Motions", Canadian Institute, Bringing & Defending Litigation Against the Crown, April 12, 2010

Annual Case Update, Ontario Expropriation Association, 2009 Fall Seminar

Chair, Ontario Expropriation Association, 2006 Fall Seminar

Injurious Affection – No Land Taken, Ontario Expropriation Association, 2002

 

Professional Activities

Past President and current Director, Ontario Expropriation Association

Advocacy Instructor, The Advocates' Society

Affiliations

Ontario Bar Association

Ontario Expropriation Association

The Advocates' Society

Community Involvement

Past Chair, MS Society, Toronto Chapter

Past Director, MS Society, Ontario Division

Past Director, St. Felix Centre, Toronto

Partner*

Toronto
Direct 416.947.5019
Fax 416.365.1876
sforan@weirfoulds.com

* Partner through a professional corporation

Practice Areas

Litigation

Municipal 

Expropriation

Called to the Bar
Ontario, 1990
Education
University of Edinburgh
LL.M. 1995

University of Ottawa
LL.B. 1988

Carleton University
B.A. 1985

Professional Activities

Past President and current Director, Ontario Expropriation Association

Advocacy Instructor, The Advocates' Society

Affiliations

Ontario Bar Association

Ontario Expropriation Association

The Advocates' Society

Community Involvement

Past Chair, MS Society, Toronto Chapter

Past Director, MS Society, Ontario Division

Past Director, St. Felix Centre, Toronto

Called to the Bar

Ontario, 1990

Education

University of Edinburgh
LL.M. 1995

University of Ottawa
LL.B. 1988

Carleton University
B.A. 1985