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Roderick J Wood, LLB (Sask), LLM (Toronto)

Professor, FR (Dick) Matthews QC Professor of Business Law


About Me

Roderick J Wood is the F.R. (Dick) Matthews Q.C. Professor of Business Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He is the author of a treatise on Canadian bankruptcy and insolvency law, has co-authored books on secured transactions law in Canada and New Zealand. Professor Wood serves as a Board Member of the Alberta Law Reform Institute and is currently a co-editor of the Journal of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. He is the 2004 and 2017 recipient of the Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award for the Faculty of Law, a 2005 recipient of the AC Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Alberta, and a 2006 recipient of a McCalla Professorship for his contribution to research in law at the University of Alberta. Professor Wood was a member of the Canadian delegation at Diplomatic Conferences in Luxembourg in 2007 and Berlin in 2012 that produced international instruments governing the secured financing of rail assets and space assets. Professor Wood was voted in as a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law in 2016.


  • Personal Property Security Law

  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency Law

  • Judgement Enforcement Law

  • Debtor-creditor Law



  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2015)

  • Personal Property Security Law, 2nd ed (Irwin Law 2012) co-authored with RCC Cuming and C Walsh

  • Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law -- Cases Texts and Materials, 3rd edition (Emond Montgomery 2014) co-authored with A Duggan, S Ben-Ishai, T Telfer, and J Ziegel

  • Personal Property Securities in New Zealand (Brookers 2002) co-authored with M Gedye and RCC Cuming

  • Alberta Personal Property Security Act Handbook 4th ed (Carswell 1998) co-authored with RCC Cuming

  • British Columbia Personal Property Security Act Handbook 4th ed (Carswell 1998) co-authored with RCC Cuming

  • Saskatchewan and Manitoba Personal Property Security Acts Handbook, (Carswell 1994) co-authored with RCC Cuming

  • A Handbook on the Saskatchewan Personal Property Security Act (Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan 1987) co-authored with RCC Cuming

Book Chapters

  • “Transfers at Undervalue: New Wine in Old Wineskins?” in Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2017, J. Sarra and B. Romaine eds. (Carswell, 2018) 1

  • “The Regulation of Receiverships” in Annual Review of Insolvency Law, 2009, J Sarra ed (Carswell 2010) 243

  • “Priorities” in Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law: Bill C-55, Statute c.47 and Beyond, in S Ben-Ishai and A Duggan eds (Lexis Nexis Canada 2007) 101

  • "Security Interests in Intellectual Property: Rationalizing the Registries" in Security Interests in Intellectual Property, H Knopf ed (Carswell 2002) 669

  • "Wage Recovery" in G. England R. Wood and I. Christie Employment Law in Canada (4th ed) vol 2 (Butterworths 1998) chapter 19


  • “Receiverships in Canada: Myth and Reality” (2017) 80 Saskatchewan Law Review 231

  • “All Obligations Clauses and All Asset Clauses: Something Less than Everything” (2016) 32 Banking & Finance Law Review 151

  • “The Codification of Commercial Law” (2016) 79 Saskatchewan Law Review 179

  • "The Paramountcy Principle in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law: The Latest Word” (2016) 58 Canadian Business Law Journal 27

  • “Experiential Learning in Restructuring Law” (2015) 56 Canadian Business Law Journal 325 (with R Reeson)

  • “The Irrelevance of the Fixed Charge – Floating Charge Distinction in Canadian Insolvency Law” (2015) 30 Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 205 (with A Duggan)

  • “Supplementing PPSA Priorities: The Use and Abuse of Common Law and Equitable Principles” (2014) 56 Canadian Business Law Journal 31

  • “Acquisition Financing of Inventory: Explaining the Diversity” (2013) 13 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal

  • “Rescue and Liquidation in Restructuring Law” (2013) 53 Canadian Business Law Journal 452

  • “Bank Act – PPSA Interaction: Still Waiting for Solutions” (2012) 52 Canadian Business Law Journal 248

  • “Secured Transactions Law in Canada – Significant Achievements, Unfinished Business and Ongoing Challenges” (2011) 50 Canadian Business Law Journal 156 (with RCC Cuming and C Walsh)

  • “The Structure of Secured Priorities in Insolvency Law” (2011) 27 Banking & Finance Law Review 25

  • “The Definition of Secured Creditor in Insolvency Law” (2010) 25 Banking & Finance Law Review 341

  • “Circular Priorities in Secured Transactions Law” (2010) 47 Alberta Law Review 823

  • “Subordination Agreements, Bankruptcy and the PPSA” (2010) 49 Canadian Business Law Journal 65

  • "Turning Lead into Gold: The Uncertain Alchemy of 'All Obligations' Clauses'" (2004) 41 Alberta Law Review 801

  • "The Nature and Definition of Federal Security Interests” (2000) 34 Canadian Business Law Journal 65

  • “The Evolution of the Personal Property Registry: Centralization, Computerization, Privatization and Beyond” (1996) 35 Alberta Law Review 45

  • “The History of the Law Faculty” (1996) 35 Alberta Law Review 1 (with J M Law)

  • “Enforcement Remedies of Creditors” (1996) 34 Alberta Law Review 783

  • “The Reform of Judgment Enforcement Law in Alberta” (1995) 25 Canadian Business Law Journal 110"