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• Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP announces that Josef Hocher and Kenton Rein have joined the firm in its Calgary office as partners.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Matthew Epp is joining the Commercial Litigation Group in its Calgary office.
• Dentons announces that Christopher Zelyas has joined the firm as a partner in its Litigation and Dispute Resolution group based in Edmonton.
• The federal government announced the appointment of the following judges: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Michelle Crighton has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton. Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Jo’Anne Strekaf has been appointed to serve on the Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton. She will also serve as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Kevin Feehan, a partner with Dentons Canada LLP, has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton. James Eamon, a partner with Gowling Canada, has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary. Jolaine Antonio, an appellate counsel with Alberta Justice, has been appointed a judge of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary. Prosecutor George Fraser has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton. Bonnie Bokenfohr, the interim executive director of the Edmonton Police Commission, has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton.
• Dentons announces that Dr. Robert (Bob) Murray has joined the firm as a senior business advisor in the Public Policy and Regulation group, based in the firm’s Edmonton office.
• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Heather Treacy, managing partner of the firm's Calgary office, has been named a winner of the Women in Law Leadership Awards in the “Leadership in the Profession in Private Practice” category.
• University of Alberta professor Lewis N. Klar is the 2016 recipient of the John G. Fleming Award in Torts presented by UC Berkeley Law School. Klar will deliver the fourth Fleming Lecture at Berkeley Law Oct. 26.
• Derek Mah has joined Harper Grey LLP’s Critical Injury Group as associate counsel. Prior to obtaining his LLB, Mah practiced as a physiotherapist.
• The federal government announced the appointment of the following judges: Heather MacNaughton, a master of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. Catherine Murray, a Crown counsel, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. Joyce DeWitt-Van Oosten, an assistant deputy attorney general with the Ministry of Justice in Victoria, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.
• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes new associate Jared Enns to its Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations Group in Vancouver.
• McMillan LLP announces that Ravi Bains has joined the Capital Markets group and Lindsay Dykstra has joined the Business Law group. Both of them will be based in the Vancouver office.
• Dentons announces that Robert Quon has joined the firm as a partner in the corporate group and lead partner in the aviation and aerospace sector in Dentons’ Vancouver office.
• David Namkung, partner at The Counsel Network, has been elected president of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers B.C. chapter. Namkung previously served as vice president of FACL BC.
• Ruby Egit joins Branch MacMaster LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of insurance litigation and health law. Egit articled with the enforcement branch of the Ontario Securities Commission before joining Branch MacMaster.
• Christa Korens joins Branch MacMaster LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of health law and insurance litigation. Korens articled at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto before joining Branch MacMaster.
• The Canadian Bar Association's B.C. branch announces that Michael Welsh will be its new president for the 2016-17 term. Welsh, of Mott Welsh & Associates in Penticton, has been a CBABC member for more than 38 years.
• Nathanson Schachter & Thompson LLP announces that Malcolm B. Funt has joined the firm as an associate.
• Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP announces that Jeff Hirsch has received the Richard J. Scott Award, which is presented annually by the Law Society of Manitoba to an individual who advances the rule of law through advocacy, litigation, teaching, research or writing. The award honours retired chief justice Richard Scott, who served as Manitoba’s chief justice for more than 20 years and is a past president of the Law Society of Manitoba.
• Doug Forbes, a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, has been appointed president of the Canadian Condominium Institute National Executive Board.
• The federal government announced the appointment of the following judges: Lore Mirwaldt, a partner with Mirwaldt & Gray in Winnipeg, has been appointed to Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba in Winnipeg. David Kroft, a lawyer with Filmore Riley LLP in Winnipeg, has been appointed to Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba in Winnipeg. Candace Grammond, a partner with Pitblado LLP in Winnipeg, has been appointed to Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba in Winnipeg.
• John R. Williamson, dean of the faculty of law at the University of New Brunswick, has been sworn in as Queen’s Counsel, along with the following eight UNB Law alumni: Krista Lynn Colford (LLB’90); Edward L. Derrah (LLB’83); Alexandre Deschênes (LLB’68); Shannon Doran (LLB’87); Nathalie L. Godbout (LLB’94); Stephen J. Hutchison (LLB’83); Dominic A.J. LeBlanc (LLB’92); D. Andrew Rouse (LLB’85).
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
• Alex Hickman has died. As chief justice of the Newfoundland Supreme Court trial division, Hickman was appointed chairman of the inquiry into the conviction of Donald Marshall, Jr., which recommended sweeping changes in the way minorities are treated in the justice system. Hickman, who was born in Newfoundland, earned his law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax in 1947. He practised law in Newfoundland until he was elected to that province’s House of Assembly in 1966. During his political career, he was minister of justice and attorney general and held several other portfolios during his time in politics. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland in 1979 and served as a director of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice from 1980 to 1984. He received honorary degrees from Dalhousie and Newfoundland’s Memorial University and was named to the Order of Canada in 2003. A courthouse in Grand Bank bears his name. Hickman was 90.
• Field Law announces that Alain Chiasson has joined the Business Law Group in the Yellowknife office. He was at McLennan Ross LLP in Yellowknife prior to joining Field.
• The federal government announced the appointment of the following judges: Provincial court judge Timothy Gabriel was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax; Pamela MacKeigan, a senior solicitor with the Department of Justice on Nova Scotia, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia’s family division in Halifax; and Ann Smith, a partner with Burchells LLP, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax.
• Halifax lawyer Franklyn D. Medjuck has died at the age of 71 after battling cancer for the past two years. Medjuck worked primarily as corporate counsel for The Centennial Group and was instrumental in working with City Council relating to planning and approval for the Group's various projects. He helped engineer some of the biggest real estate deals in Atlantic Canada and was pivotal in the development of such Halifax landmarks as the Toronto-Dominion Building, Summit Place, and the Joseph Howe Building.
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• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Alex MacFarlane is joining its Toronto office as partner in the Banking and Financial Services and Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Groups.
• BDO Canada Limited announces the integration of Deloitte’s consumer insolvency practice into BDO’s national financial recovery services practice. Together, the practices now operate under the BDO Canada Limited banner.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that the following associates have joined the firm in its Toronto office: Alexey Belozorovich; Jessica-Ann Buchta; Mekhala Chaubal; Joseph DiPonio; Evita Ferreira; Alannah Fotheringham; Webnesh Haile; John Hunter; Joelle Kabouchi; Ian Li; Maciej Lipinski; Chelsea Papadatos; Adam Pennell; Sarah Sweet; and Samantha Tom.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Rob Blackstein has joined the firm as counsel in its Toronto office.
• JAMS, which provides mediation and arbitration services worldwide, announced the addition of retired Federal Court Justice Roger T. Hughes to its panel. He will be based in the JAMS Toronto Resolution Centre and serve as an arbitrator and mediator in a variety of disputes including administrative law, engineering, entertainment and sports, intellectual property, telecommunications and aboriginal law.
• Fogler Rubinoff LLP welcomes Mary Wahbi to its Wills and Estates and Corporate Commercial groups and Robert Saunders to its Commercial Real Estate and Corporate Commercial groups.
• Yuri Chumak announces a restructuring of his law practice and a new partnership called Chumak & Company LLP, with partner Peter Elyjiw. Chumak & Company LLP offers patent and trademark services, as well as IP litigation, transactional support and advisory services on technology matters.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that its Toronto office has relocated from Scotia Plaza to the new Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower. BLG says its new offices have been designed to a LEED Gold standard with a reduced environmental footprint.
• The federal government announced the appointment of the following judges: Ontario Superior Court Justice Gary Trotter has been appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. Justice James Turnbull, the regional senior judge for the Central South Region of the Superior Court of Justice, has been transferred back to the regular complement in Hamilton to replace Justice Harrison Arrell, who has been appointed regional senior judge for the Central South Region. Peter Cavanagh, a senior partner with Dentons Canada LLP in Toronto, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Tracy Engelking, a senior counsel with the Children’s Aid Society in Ottawa, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice and a member of the Family Court in Ottawa. Jasmine Akbarali, a partner with Lerners LLP in Toronto, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice. Joseph Di Luca, a partner with Di Luca Dann LLP in Toronto, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket. Lene Madsen, a principal mediator with Bluewater Mediation in London, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice and a member of the Family court in Hamilton.
• Pallett Valo LLP welcomes the following new lawyers to its team: Nozomi (Zoe) Smith joins the Wills, Estates & Trusts Practice; Neeta Sandhu joins the Commercial Litigation and Construction Law Practices; Sawsan Selwyn joins the Commercial Real Estate Practice; and Jason Hayward joins the Commercial Real Estate Practice and the Business Law Practice.
• Jennifer Friedman has launched her practice dedicated to animal-related law across Canada and has opened three office locations in Ontario: Thornhill, Port Perry and Beaverton. Her practice includes the regulation of horse racing, prosecution of animal cruelty and breed-specific legislation among others.
• Aird & Berlis LLP announces that Michael Horvat has joined the firm as a partner and member of the firm's Workplace Law Group and Labour & Employment team.
• Aird & Berlis LLP announces that Kyle B. Plunkett has joined the firm as an associate in the Financial Services Group.
• James Small has joined Baker & McKenzie in Toronto as counsel in the firm's international commercial practice. Most recently, he served as co-founder and director of the Brussels-based Atlantic Strategy Group, which advises global companies on regulatory trade and investment risks involving the European Union
• Epiq, a global provider of integrated technology and services for the legal profession, announces that Bishu Solomon Girma has joined its Toronto office as director of e-discovery solutions for Epiq’s Canadian operations.
• Koskie Minsky LLP announced that Ari N. Kaplan will be leaving the firm on Sept. 30 to launch Mediation Benefits at Kaplan Law, a solo legal practice focused on mediation in the pension and benefits sector, based in Toronto.
• Richard Mahoney joins McMillan LLP as a partner to help lead its Government and Public Policy Group. He will be located primarily in the firm's Ottawa office.
• The Law Foundation of Ontario announces the appointment of Isfahan Merali to its Board of Trustees. Merali is tribunal counsel to the Consent and Capacity Board, practicing administrative and mental health law.
• Gowling WLG announces the addition of Dr. Jon-Paul Powers to its Food & Beverage Group as a partner and scientific adviser, based in the firm’s Ottawa office.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces the appointment of the following associates in Ottawa: Jessica Sheridan, Marion Unrau, Jillian Brenner and Avril Ford-Aubry.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that the following associates have been appointed in Toronto: Reed Taubner, Sonny Ingram and John McIntyre.
• Rusty Juma, legal counsel at Deloitte LLP and former vice president of SABA Toronto, has been appointed as a trustee of the South Asian Bar Association North America Foundation. The Foundation develops and funds programs that support legal education, legal research and public interest employment that benefits the South Asian legal community of North America and the South Asian community as a whole.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Michael Neudorf and James Woods have joined the firm as associates in its Montréal office.
• Patrick Healy, a judge of the Court of Quebec, has been appointed to serve on the province’s Court of Appeal.
• Langlois lawyers announces that Pascale De Meyer has joined the firm. De Meyer practises civil and commercial litigation in matters involving insurance, professional liability, construction and railway law.
• Langlois lawyers announces that Sean Griffin and Olivier Dufrêne have joined the firm. Griffin's practice centres on banking and securities litigation, class actions and regulatory and internal investigations, while Dufrêne has been recruited as a marketing and business development specialist.
• BCF Business Law announces that Marc-André Godard has been named a partner in the firm's Montreal office. He has joined the domestic and international taxation group.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces the following appointments in Montreal: associates Julie C. Fortier, Kevin Mailloux and Hugo Saint Laurent.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Maryse Bertrand, Advocatus Emeritus, has joined its Montréal office as strategic advisor and counsel in the Securities and Capital Markets Group.
• Robertson Stromberg LLP announces that Caolan Lemke has recently signed the roll and become a new associate.• Robertson Stromberg LLP welcomes new partner Scott D. Waters and new associate Siobhan H. Morgan to the firm.
• Dentons has formalized its combination with offices of the nearly century-old Australian law firm Gadens. The firm now serves 84 markets in Pacific Rim countries, with clients in Australia and around the world benefiting from the local experience of 7,600 Dentons lawyers serving 57 countries on six continents.
• McMillan LLP announces that Michelle Fung has joined the Hong Kong office.
• Dentons has appointed Neal Livingston as global chief financial officer. He joins the firm from Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he has served as managing director and general manager of global trade and transaction services since 2013. Livingston is based in the London office, where he will oversee all aspects of the firm’s global strategic and operational finance functions.
• Rothschild Wealth Management announced two senior appointments in Singapore: Mike Hue is appointed as senior client adviser, as well as becoming head of Wealth Management Singapore, and Tang Kai Meng is appointed as senior client adviser. They report to Audrey Zau, who becomes head of Wealth Management Asia.
Last updated: Dec. 5, 2016