There’s a hitch: Two trailer companies, common enterprise

|Canadian Employment Law Today

Vanderpol v. Aspen Trailer Co. (2002), 100 B.C.L.R. (3d) 381 (B.C.S.C. - Chambers)

Vanderpol worked as a regional sales manager from January 1996 to June 1999 for Aspen Trailer Company Ltd. (“Aspen B.C.”) in British Columbia. He was then transferred to Georgia, where he was employed by Aspen Trailer Inc. (“Aspen Inc.”) until he was terminated in July 2000.

The plaintiff claimed damages against the defendants for breach of his employment contract. In this application, Aspen Inc. sought a declaration that the B.C. court did not have jurisdiction to hear the action. In order for Vanderpol to demonstrate a connection between Aspen Inc. and Aspen B.C. and therefore argue the B.C. court could assume jurisdiction over the matter, he had to establish that the defendant companies could be characterized as a common enterprise referred to as the “Aspen Trailer Group.”