About the OSB

Our vision

Provide leadership in protecting the integrity of the Canadian bankruptcy and insolvency system, a pillar of the marketplace.

Our mission

Contribute to a fair and efficient marketplace by protecting the integrity of the bankruptcy and insolvency system for the benefit of investors, lenders, consumers and the public.

Our mandate

Supervise the administration of all estates and matters under insolvency legislation.

Our strategic objectives

  • Maintain an efficient and effective regulatory framework;
  • Promote awareness of the rights and responsibilities of the stakeholders in the insolvency system;
  • Ensure trustee and debtor compliance with the legislative and regulatory framework; and
  • Be an integral source of information on Canadian insolvency matters.

Our areas of activity

The OSB helps ensure that bankruptcies and insolvencies are conducted in a fair and orderly manner. The Office:

  • supervises the administration of estates in bankruptcy, commercial reorganizations, consumer proposals and receiverships, under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA);
  • maintains a publicly accessible record of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings under the BIA and of proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA);
  • licenses private-sector trustees to administer estates and appoints administrators of consumer proposals;
  • records and investigates complaints from creditors, debtors, and members of the general public regarding possible wrongdoing by someone involved in the insolvency process under the BIA;
  • records and investigates complaints regarding the conduct of monitors under the CCAA;
  • sets and enforces professional standards for the administration of estates filed under the BIA; and
  • promotes awareness of the rights and responsibilities of the stakeholders in the insolvency system.

OSB Management

Superintendent of Bankruptcy

Bill James (biography)
Telephone: 613-941-1000
Fax: 613-946-9205

Deputy Superintendent

Patricia Alférez
Telephone: 613-946-2157
Fax: 613-948-6367

Director General, Program Policy and Regulatory Affairs

Elisabeth Lang
Telephone: 613-946-2166
Fax: 613-946-2168

Director General, Outreach and Services Innovation

Ginette Trahan
Telephone: 613-941-2854
Fax: 613-946-9205

Director, Corporate Services

Rita Morin
Telephone: 613-941-3471
Fax: 613-941-2862

Corporate Secretary

Joanne Huot-Law
Telephone: 613-941-2694
Fax: 613-952-1854

Regional Director, Western Region

Charmaine Martin
Telephone: 604-666-8045
Fax: 604-666-4610

Regional Director, Ontario Region

Jack Steinman
Telephone: 416-954-6310
Fax: 416-954-6311

Regional Director, Eastern Region

Samra Rabie
Telephone: 514-283-3422
Fax: 514-283-5130

OSB Advisory Committee


The mandate of the Advisory Committee is to provide external advice to the Superintendent of Bankruptcy; Assistant Deputy Minister, Small Business, Tourism and Marketplace Services and Deputy Minister, Industry Canada, on the OSB's key business priorities.


The Advisory Committee membership is comprised of external professionals who bring insight and advice on the OSB's business objectives and priorities.

Joan Huzar, Chairperson
Consumer Advocate

Kevin Brennan
Insolvency and Restructuring Professional

Edward Sellers
Insolvency Lawyer

Charles McAllister
Provincial Public Sector Executive

Guylaine Belley
Business Engineer

John D. Eisner
Credit Counselling Services Executive

Dave Daum
Bank Executive, Real Estate Lending

Ex-Officio Members

Shereen Benzvy Miller
Assistant Deputy Minister
Small Business, Tourism and Marketplace Services, Industry Canada

Bill James
Superintendent of Bankruptcy

Patricia Alférez
Deputy Superintendent of Bankruptcy


Joanne Huot-Law
Corporate Secretary

Small Practice Liaison Committee (SPLC)


The mandate of the Small Practice Liaison Committee (SPLC) is to serve as a forum for discussion of policy issues pertaining to administration of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.



Elisabeth Lang
Director General, Program Policy and Regulatory Affairs
155 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5
Telephone: 613-946-2166
Fax: 613-946-2168

Sheila Westerink Robin
National Manager, Policy and Regulatory Affairs
155 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5
Telephone: 613-948-5006
Fax: 613-948-4080


Jean-François Cliche B.A., CIRP
Cliche Madore Inc.
12025 1ere avenue
Saint-Georges, Quebec G5Y 2E2
Telephone: 418-228-2821
Fax: 418-227-5058

Jordan Rumanek
Rumanek & Company Ltd.
1280 Finch Avenue West, Suite 714
Toronto, Ontario M3J 3K6
Telephone: 416-665-3328 ext. 305
Fax: 416-665-9018

David Wood, CIRP
Boale, Wood & Company Ltd.
1140 - 800 West Pender Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2V6
Telephone: 604-605-3335
Fax: 604-605-3359


Robert (Bob) Klotz
Barrister & Solicitor, Klotz Associates
121 Richmond Street West, Suite 405
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2K1
Telephone: 416-360-4500
Fax: 416-360-4501


Brian Costello
Chief Operating Officer, Default Solutions at FCT
275 Dundas Street, 12th Floor
London, Ontario N6B 3L1
Telephone: 877-398-7512
Fax: 519-672-0795

OSB service standards

The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy is committed to providing you with quality services and at the specified service level described below. To achieve this, we pledge to

  • be courteous by responding to your inquiries promptly and politely;
  • be just and impartial by offering a fair service; and
  • be accessible by providing information from the public record in a timely manner.

We offer bilingual services from our 14 offices across Canada from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. (See Contact Us to find the office nearest you.)

OSB service standards
Services Standards If we do not meet this deadline
Bankruptcy and Insolvency Registration Registration will be complete within two business days of receiving completed documents. …contact the local Designated Assistant Superintendent of Bankruptcy, who will respond within one business day.
Bankruptcy Assistance Program (Learn more about the Bankruptcy Assistance Program) Bankruptcy registration forms will be forwarded to a licensed trustee within two business days. After that, you will have access to the bankruptcy process within 30 days. …contact your local Designated Assistant Superintendent of Bankruptcy, who will respond within three business day.
Complaints relating to BIA or CCAA proceedings Contact us by mail/telephone. We will acknowledge your complaint within five days.
The OSB will respond to a complaint within 30 days of the date it is received. For more complex complaints, the OSB may require more time to address the issues raised. If this is the case with your complaint, you will be notified within the 30-day period.
contact the local Assistant Superintendent of Bankruptcy responsible for complaints. Your call will be returned within one day.
Inquiries relating to BIA or CCAA proceedings Contact us. We will answer your inquiries or refer you to someone who can within five days. contact the local Assistant Superintendent of Bankruptcy responsible for inquiries. Your call will be returned within one day.
Bankruptcy and Insolvency Records Search
(Learn more about the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Records)
If you have an account with us, we will respond to your telephone requests for search services immediately.
At your request, we will confirm these findings by fax within one business day of the search.
We will process your written request within one business day.
contact the Manager, Information and Client Services by telephone. Your complaint will be handled within one business day.
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