Ryan Morasiewicz practices general commercial litigation. His experience spans many areas including health law, complex commercial disputes, environmental law and administrative law, and his clients come from a range of industries.
Ryan has appeared before all levels of courts in British Columbia, and was defence counsel before Supreme Court of Canada in the leading case in Canada on tort law causation, Clements v. Clements, 2012 SCC 32.
Ryan’s representative experience in health law includes:
- Private health care: representing and providing strategic advice to private companies operating within the public health care system, including matters involving private insurance, service delivery, funding models and Canada Health Act and Medicare Protection Act interpretation and analysis (a personal interest of Ryan’s).
- Self-governing professional regulatory bodies: acting as counsel for self-governing bodies, including advice on their governing statutes, bylaw revisions, and acting for the bodies in disciplinary action taken against members.
- Privacy: advising and representing health care clients regarding privacy obligations
- BC Human Rights Tribunal: defending health care clients before the BC Human Rights Tribunal.
Ryan’s environmental law experience includes:
- Class action litigation: defence counsel in class action respecting environmental contamination and diminution of property value.
- Remediation: representation regarding historical contaminated site investigation and remediation.
Ryan has been involved in a wide range of complex commercial disputes, including those involving forestry (rate dispute arbitration and Timber Harvesting Contract and Subcontract Regulation analysis), TSX sponsorship obligations, securities litigation, breach of fiduciary duty/oppression/derivative actions, and customs brokerage disputes.
Having worked in insurance law, Ryan has significant experience with alternative dispute resolution and, failing resolution favourable to his clients, trials.
Ryan is a long-time member of the Executive of the CBA Health Law subsection and regularly writes and speaks about aspects of health law and his practice.
Ryan has an extensive background and keen interest in the healthcare field. He chose to pursue the study of law over admission offers from both medical school and graduate-level health care management.
During law school, Ryan worked as a legislative analyst and then as a consultant for the BC Ministry of Health. He became skilled at drafting health-related statues, regulations, and bylaws, and gained valuable insights into the inner workings of government and government-relations strategies for the healthcare industry. He uses this experience to help health sector clients navigate the complex bureaucracy of public health care.
Ryan is a member of North Shore Rescue, a mountain search and rescue group on Vancouver’s North Shore. He volunteers a significant amount of his spare time searching for and rescuing those lost or injured in the outdoors.
- “Medico-Legal Issues in Mountain Medicine,” 2014 summer module of Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine Diploma in Mountain Medicine, September 17, 2014 “Clements v. Clements: ‘But For’ vs. ‘Material Contribution’—The Latest Word in Tort Law Causation,” CBA National Insurance Law section, 2013
- “Causation Revisited: before and after Clements,” CBA-Alberta Civil Litigation & Health Law—North Subsections, January 15, 2013
- “Causation: Clements Redux featuring Counsel Who Argued the Case,” CBA-BC Civil Litigation & Health Law Subsections, January 14, 2013
- “Labour Mobility Agreements and Credentialing of Professionals: Obligations and Challenges from the Agreement on Internal Trade and Related Provincial Agreements,” CBA-BC Administrative Law Subsection, April 2011
- “Issues Around the Agreement on Internal Trade and Regulatory Issues: Labour Mobility Amendments and Responses by Health Professions,” National Network of Medical Affairs Professionals, September 15, 2010
- “Rate Dispute Arbitration Awards Under Revised Rate Test,” Truck Loggers Association Training Session, 2010
- “Bill C-45 and Criminal Liability for Workplace Accidents,” Canadian Business Aviation Association Flight Department Management Roles and Responsibilities Workshop, 2007
- “Case Brief: Cambie Surgeries Corp. v. Medical Services Commission of British Columbia – Chaoulli Revisited,” Health Communiqué, November 21, 2016
- “The Supreme Court of Canada Narrows the ‘Material Contribution’ Causation Test,” The Advocate, Vol. 71, Part 2, 2013
- “Chaoulli-like challenge to private health care comes to British Columbia,” Health Communiqué, September 22, 2009
- “B.C. Legislative Update 2006, Pulse,” CBA National Health Law Section Newsletter, 2007
- “Private Emergency Room Opens in Vancouver,” Communiqué for the Health Industry, December 8, 2006
- “Cross-Border Insurance Jurisdiction Conflicts Lloyd’s Underwriters v. Cominco Ltd. et al., 2006 BCSC 1276,” EnviroNotes!, November 2006
- “Supreme Court of Canada Finds A Duty to Consult In Relation to Treaty Lands Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Minister of Canadian Heritage),” Aboriginal Law Update, February 2006
- Member, North Shore Rescue (since 2011) – GSAR, GSTL, SAR Medic 1, AST 1/2
- The Advocate, Vol 75, Part 3, 2017, P.341
- Past Member, British Columbia Medical Association, Environmental Health Committee
- Past Member, Public Health Law Improvement Network
- Health Law/Ethics Tutor, UBC Faculty of Medicine, 2006-2014
- Executive Member, Canadian Bar Association (BC) Health Law Subsection (Co-Chair 2008-2009, various executive positions 2006-present)
- Executive member, Canadian Bar Association (National) Health Law Subsection, 2008-2011
- Member, Canadian Bar Association (BC) Provincial Council, 2008-2009
- Member and Student Representative, UBC Senate, 2001-2002
- Member and Student Representative, UBC College of Health Disciplines, 2002
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Canadian Bar Association
- Medical-Legal Society of BC
- Canadian Defence Lawyers
Bar admissions & education
- British Columbia Bar, 2006
- Leadership Program, Queen’s University, 2014
- J.D., University of British Columbia, 2005
- B.Sc., University of British Columbia, 2002
Robert Easton and Ryan Morasiewicz comment on a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on tort law causation in The Lawyers Weekly.
The article, “Ground rules set for negligence cases“, appears in the July 13, 2012 issue of The Lawyers Weekly (page 7). Robert Easton of Miller Thomson in Vancouver, who acted for the defendant Joseph Clements, said the case [Clements v....
Ryan Morasiewicz is appointed Program Coordinator of the Canadian Bar Association’s Health Law section (BC Branch).
Ryan Morasiewicz speaks at the National Network of Medical Affairs Professionals 2010 National Conference in Victoria, BC on September 14-16
His presentation is on “Issues around the Agreement on Internal Trade and Regulatory Issues: Labour Mobility Amendments and Responses by Health Professions”. Please click here for more information about this conference.
Ryan Morasiewicz will co-chair the session on “EHealth and Privacy Protection” at the 2009 CBA Health Law CLE conference: “Critical Issues in Health Law”, May 21-22, 2009 in Vancouver.
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Case Brief: Cambie Surgeries Corp. v. Medical Services Commission of British Columbia – Chaoulli Revisited
The Cambie Surgeries case continues in the BC Courts. This case will likely have widespread repercussions across Canadian healthcare. On January 28, 2009, a private clinic, the Cambie Surgeries Corp., along with a couple of individual plaintiffs, filed a Charter...
The Supreme Court of Canada Narrows the “Material Contribution” Causation Test
The Advocate, Vol. 71, Part 2
Rate Dispute Arbitration Awards Under Revised Rate Test
Truck Loggers Association Training Session