Afshan Naveed

Dentons Canada LLP, Calgary

Call: 2013



I decided to run in the Bencher Election after having conversations with the next generation of lawyers in Alberta. They shared their experiences, challenges, and desire to see the profession adapt and grow to meet the changing demographics of every incoming cohort. As such, I was motivated to put my name forward so I could help amplify voices that have previously gone unheard. As I progressed through the legal profession, from law student to associate to partner, I did not knowingly face the same challenges I hear about today. Although I did not feel disadvantaged compared to my peers, I now recognize that I was the exception to the rule. I am motivated and uniquely positioned to help address the challenges our next generation of lawyers face as they enter and grow in this profession.

About Me

I am an experienced lawyer who is proud to call Calgary home. My accomplishments not only include acting as lead counsel on complex insolvency matters, but also giving back through my pro bono work, and volunteering in the community with youth and immigration services. I immigrated to Canada from Manchester, England at a young age and grew up in the Calgary area.

I obtained my Bachelor of Arts at the University of Calgary before moving to Scotland, where I obtained my Bachelor of Laws from the University of Edinburgh. After practising in Scotland, I returned home to Calgary where I joined Dentons Canada LLP, formerly Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. As a partner at Dentons, I have broad experience in insolvency, restructuring, and litigation matters. I have particular expertise in commercial foreclosure and corporate restructuring. I act for distressed companies, court-appointed monitors, receivers, creditors, and bankruptcy trustees in complex and sensitive, domestic and cross-border insolvencies. My practice is industry agnostic and my clients span across all sectors. I am an enthusiastic member of Dentons’ student recruitment committee and enjoy working with each new class of lawyers. I place a strong emphasis on mentorship and welcome each opportunity to help uplift and educate students and young associates. Growing up as a first-generation Canadian with strong family ties has helped shape my experiences. I am passionate about giving back to my community, as demonstrated by my extensive volunteer work, both as part of the legal profession and within the community at large. I am proud to be a leader among my peers, as demonstrated by my volunteer activities and board positions.

Professional Volunteer Activities

  • Canadian Bar Association, Insolvency Sub-Section Executive, Southern Alberta, 2015-present, current Chair
  • Pro Bono Law Alberta, Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project, 2012-2020
  • Pro Bono Law Alberta, Queen’s Bench Amicus Court Assistance Program, 2014-2020
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Western Canada Chapter, Director, 2016-2018;

Personal Volunteer Activities

  • YouthLink Calgary, Police Interpretive Centre (youth crime prevention program; police museum), Director/Secretary, 2016-present
  • Calgary Transit Public Safety Citizen Oversight Committee, 2015-present, current Chair
  • Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, Director, 2011-2013

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Urdu
  • Punjabi
  • Hindi