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Insurance: Dispute Resolution

Nationwide - Canada

2 Years Ranked


Provided by Christopher McKibbin



In the highly-specialized field of fidelity and commercial crime insurance, Chris McKibbin has earned a reputation as both a detail-oriented coverage counsel with an encyclopedic knowledge of his practice area, and an aggressive and strategic fraud recovery lawyer who has recovered millions of dollars for fidelity insurers from fraudsters, co-conspirators, auditors and banks over the course of his career.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in these fields, Chris is ranked by Chambers and Partners as one of 25 Canadian lawyers in Insurance: Dispute Resolution for 2024, following his selection as one of 19 ranked lawyers in Canada for 2023. He was named by Lexpert® as a “Leading Lawyer to Watch” in Commercial Insurance Litigation in Canada in both 2018 and 2019, becoming a rare double recipient of this honour. Chris has also been named to The World’s Leading Lawyers in Insurance and Reinsurance and Expert Guide: Insurance and Reinsurance.

As the only lawyer in Canada whose practice focuses primarily on fidelity insurance, Chris has provided over 20 years of quality service and excellent results for virtually every fidelity insurer. Chris has been involved in most of the significant litigated fidelity coverage disputes in Canada since 2003, including complex coverage disputes involving fidelity policies, financial institution bonds and cyber policies arising from employee fraud, forgery of negotiable instruments, computer and funds transfer fraud and social engineering fraud. He served as co-counsel for the successful appellants before the Court of Appeal for Ontario in the 2009 Iroquois Falls Community Credit Union decision, which is a leading decision in the fidelity area. He was also co-counsel for two successful fidelity insurers in Royal Bank of Canada v. Société Générale, an appeal arising from the $100 million King’s Health Centre fraud.

In his fraud recovery practice, Chris achieves results for clients as efficiently as possible. He secures Mareva and other injunctive relief in connection with the theft of money or confidential business information, as well as Norwich orders to successfully trace stolen funds. Chris has also developed an expertise in the arcane field of claims against banks on cheque fraud losses under the Bills of Exchange Act. In recent years, his fraud recovery practice has expanded to serve corporate clients on direct retainers, in addition to his long-standing fidelity insurer clients.

Chris frequently speaks and writes on fidelity insurance law and fraud recovery. In addition to editing FCL Fidelity Blog, he has also written for the Fidelity Law Journal, The Globe and Mail and numerous other Canadian and American publications. Chris is also a co-author of the third edition of Handling Fidelity Bond Claims, the leading North American reference work in the field, and serves as Co-Chair of the International Section of the ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee.

In addition to his fidelity practice, Chris has significant experience in commercial property claims and the defence of insureds under E&O liability policies, especially in cases involving fraud. He also acts for subrogating insurers in pursuing construction defect claims, fire loss claims, products liability claims and other subrogated claims.

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Ontario

The Advocates’ Society

Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association

Canadian Defence Lawyers

American Bar Association – Fidelity & Surety Law Committee (Co-Chair, International Section)

Professional Liability Underwriting Society


“Tell Them The North Remembers: Canadian Courts Follow American Courts’ Lead in Interpreting Social Engineering Fraud Coverage” ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (Winter 2022)

“Securities Claims” in Michael Keeley, Robert M. Flowers, Megan M. Manogue and Robyn L. Sondak, eds., Handling Fidelity Bond Claims, 3d ed. (Chicago: American Bar Association, 2019)

“Kleptocurrency: Crime insurers face new challenges with cryptocurrency,” Claims Canada (May 2019)

“The Fidelity Recovery Playbook: Practical Strategies for Maximizing Recovery” (ABA FSLC 2018 Fall Meeting, Philadelphia)

“Tales From The Crypt: Cryptocurrency Is Here — How Will Crime Insurers Respond?”, XXIV Fid. L.J. 1 (2018)

“Social Engineering Fraud: Is Coverage Available Under Commercial Crime Policies?” Expert Guides: Insurance and Reinsurance (August 2018)

“Combating Insurance Fraud with Data Analytics” Claims Magazine (January 2018)

“Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench finds no Coverage for Social Engineering Fraud Loss under Crime Policy” Covered Events (Defense Research Institute, November 2017)

“Criminal Prosecution of the Alleged Defaulter: How do Parallel Criminal Prosecutions affect the Fidelity Investigation?” (ABA FSLC 2017 Fall Meeting, Boston)

“Online Crime presents New Challenges for Insurers” The Globe and Mail (September 5, 2017)

“Harsh, But Fair: The Termination Provision in Commercial Crime and Financial Institution Coverages” (ABA FSLC 2017 Midwinter Meeting, New Orleans)

“The Point of No Return: Terminating Employees for Dishonesty and Litigating Employee Fraud Claims”, Employment Update (November 2015)

“The Enemy Is Within: What happens when the Defaulter completes the Application for Fidelity Coverage?” ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (Fall 2015)

“Raza Kayani: Ontario Court of Appeal addresses Scope of Fictitious Payee Defence under Canada’s Bills of Exchange Act” National Banking Law Review (April 2015)

“Tell Tale Signs: The Red Flags of Employee Fraud” Employment Update (March 2015)

“The View from the North: recent developments in Canadian Fidelity Law”, ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (Fall 2012)

Work Highlights

TD Bank v. Lloyds’ Underwriters, 2021 ONSC 6903

Dentons Canada LLP v. Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company, 2018 ONSC 7311

Canam Software Labs Inc. v. Wood, 2017 ONSC 797

Aviva Insurance Company of Canada v. Regional Hose Toronto Ltd. (2010), 82 C.C.L.I. (4th) 283 (Ont. S.C.J.)

Iroquois Falls Community Credit Union Ltd v Co-operators General Insurance Co., 2009 ONCA 364

Royal Bank v Société Générale (Canada) (2006), 31 B.L.R. (4th) 63 (Ont C.A.), leave to appeal to S.C.C. ref’d (2007), 377 N.R. 400n

Hollinger International Inc. v American Home Assurance Co. (2005), 141 A.C.W.S. (3d) 53, add’l reasons at (2006), 34 C.C.L.I. (4th) 17 (Ont. S.C.J.)

Torchia v Royal Insurance Co of Canada (2004), 71 O.R. (3d) 511 (Ont. C.A.), leave to appeal to S.C.C. ref’d (2005), 334 N.R. 191n


University of Toronto Faculty of Law


1999 - 2002

University of Manitoba


1996 - 1999


Ranked - Insurance: Dispute Resolution (Canada), 2024

Chambers and Partners


Ranked - Insurance: Dispute Resolution (Canada), 2023

Chambers and Partners


Expert Guide: Insurance and Reinsurance



World’s Leading Lawyers in Insurance and Reinsurance



Expert Guide: Insurance and Reinsurance



“Leading Lawyer to Watch” in Commercial Insurance Litigation in Canada



“Leading Lawyer to Watch” in Commercial Insurance Litigation in Canada



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Osgoode Society Award (Top 25 Bar Admission Course Students in Ontario)

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