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• The Calgary litigation boutique MJM Barristers announces the recent merger with McCall & Associates and presents the newly formed offices of Machida James McCall – Barristers. Ryan McCall and his team bring more than a decade of experience in civil litigation, family law, personal injury, and criminal defence, thereby expanding the scope of the firm’s practice areas.

• Melinda Park has been appointed chairwoman of the national council for Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She is a partner in the firm’s securities and capital markets group in Calgary and takes over from Bob Shouldice, who will continue his practice as a corporate commercial lawyer. The council has also appointed David Whelan to become its national group head. He is a partner in the firm’s financial services group. The firm also announced that Alan Ross, a partner of its commercial litigation group, has been elected regional managing partner in Calgary.

• Lawson Lundell LLP announces the following new partners in Calgary: Jeff Scobie and Crispin Arthur. Scobie joins the firm’s Commercial Law and Oil and Gas Groups, while Arthur joins the Business Law, Corporate Finance & Securities Law, Energy Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups.

• Bennett Jones LLP's Calgary partner Michael Whitt has been selected as a member of the Phoenix-based Sedona Conference's Drafting Team to prepare a Cyber Incident Response Guide. He is the only member from a Canadian law firm/organization on the team.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has announced that Mark Franko has joined the firm's Calgary office as counsel.

• Field Law announces that Brittney Tetz has been named an associate with the business law group in the Edmonton office. She was previously with Witten LLP.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Mark Ricketts has joined the firm's Calgary office as an associate.

• Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP announces the addition of the following new partners in Calgary: Chris Harris, Olga Kary, Katie Slipp, and Ryan Zahara.


• The B.C. government has appointed Diana Juricevic Vandor as the new chair of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, effective Aug. 1. Juricevic has served as a full-time tribunal member with the BCHRT since 2011. Prior to joining the tribunal, she practised international criminal law in the Netherlands and Cambodia. She was also an adjunct professor and acting director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Katherine M. McNeill, John Pratt, and Andrew Nathan have joined the firm as associates in Vancouver.

• The Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch announces the recipients of this year's Bar Awards honouring outstanding lawyers and an inventive organization, as well as the President's Medal: Harry Rankin, QC Pro Bono Award: Sheila Tucker, Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer LLP; Community Service Award: Kevin MacDonald, partner, Clark Wilson LLP; Equality & Diversity Award: Donna Martinson, retired B.C. Supreme Court Justice; Innovative Workplace Award: Thomas Spraggs, principal, Spraggs & Company Injury Lawyers; and President's Medal: Aleem Bharmal, executive director, Community Legal Assistance Society.

• Fasken Martineau announces that Keith Spencer has won this year’s Bill Thomson Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Columbia Technology Industry Association. The award is presented to individuals who have made a significant long-term contribution to B.C.’s technology industry by serving as leaders, models, and mentors for others throughout their career. Spencer is a partner and head of the firm's Vancouver information technology group.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Dana F. Hooker has joined the firm’s Vancouver office as associate counsel in the employment and litigation, arbitration and investigations groups.

• The B.C. government is appointing three provincial court judges: Judge Wilfred Klinger, effective June 13; Judge Jennifer Barrett, effective June 20; and Judge Robert Gunnell, effective June 27. Klinger is reappointed for a one-year term as a senior judge. He will continue to sit in the Okanagan area. Barrett has more than 30 years’ legal experience in Ontario and B.C. She will serve primarily on Vancouver Island. Gunnell has been a partner in Findlay Gunnell Sandor in Maple Ridge since 1998. He will serve primarily in the Fraser Region.

• Kelsey Rose, Jackson Doyle, and Dionne Liu have joined Harper Grey LLP as associates. They all completed their articles with the firm and were recently called to the B.C. bar.

• Melissa A. Gillespie has been appointed an Associate Chief Judge of the B.C. Provincial Court. She was sworn in as a Provincial Court Judge in 2012. Susan E. Wishart has also been appointed an Associate Chief Judge of the Court. She was appointed to the Court in 2009.


• Albina Moran, a partner with TDS Law, has been appointed the University of Winnipeg's chairperson of the Board of Regents.

• Dayna Steinfeld has joined Fillmore Riley LLP in Winnipeg as an associate.

• Gregory J. Tallon, a partner with TDS Law, has been named to the Lexpert 2016 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, in the area of corporate finance & securities.

• Cole Southall, Jessica Isaak, Anthony Foderaro, and Renae Molgat have joined Fillmore LLP Riley as associates after their call to the Manitoba Bar on June 16.


• Albina Moran, a partner with TDS Law, has been appointed the University of Winnipeg's chairperson of the Board of Regents.


• 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.


• 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.

• Christine Hanson has been named director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She is currently Minister-Counsellor for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and will take over the role effective Feb. 8.


• No current news.


• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has announced that Heather Dawe and Braek Urquhart have joined the firm as associates in its office in Ottawa. Dawe was called to the bar in 2010 and practises in the corporate commercial area. Urquhart was called to the bar in 2016 and practises in the tax area.

• Minden Gross LLP welcomes Andrew Elbaz as the chairman of its Securities Law and Capital Markets Group in Toronto, where he advises businesses on securities matters in a variety of industries.

• Littler LLP announces that Toronto partners Sarah Crossley, Barry Kuretzky, and George Vassos have been included in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. The Directory acknowledges practitioners’ excellence by evaluating surveys submitted by their own peers and colleagues. Kuretzky and Vassos have appeared in the Directory since its inception in 1997.

• The Law Foundation of Ontario has announced the election of Linda R. Rothstein as its new Board of Trustees chairwoman. Rothstein is a partner at Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Sanjay Joshi has joined the firm as a partner in its Toronto office.

•  The Law Foundation of Ontario has awarded three Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic term to Nikki Gershbain, Sarah Pole, and Brenda Young. They will use their fellowship opportunities to build on their extensive frontline experience to better understand and improve access to justice for families, racialized and marginalized youth, and indigenous peoples, the Foundation says.

• Norton Rose Fulbright LLP announces that Lisa Cabel has joined its Toronto office as partner in the firms Employment and Labour Law Group. She was previously at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Pierre Gemson has joined the firm as an associate in Toronto.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Garett Schromm, Éliane Tremblay, and Alicia Maiuri have joined the firm as associates in Ottawa.

• Canadian cybersecurity expert Daniel Tobok has launched a new firm, Cytelligence. Tobok says Cytelligence will employ top global talent and focus on providing forensics expertise and cybersecurity consulting to organizations and industries with the most sensitive data and network security requirements. Cytelligence is headquartered in Toronto and serves clients in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

• PwC Canada announces that Jennie Chan is the newest partner to join its national Forensic Services practice. She specializes in complex investigations for public and private corporations, governments and the public sector, and regulatory agencies.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Louise Arbour, counsel and jurist in residence at BLG, has been named laureate of the 2016 Tang Prize in the Rule of Law category. She is the second person in history to receive the award and was selected by an international jury of experts. Arbour provides strategic advice to lawyers in BLG's international trade and arbitration group, in particular on issues pertaining to international disputes.

• Fasken Martineau announces that Jenny Mboutsiadis has joined the firm as a partner in the Toronto office and member of the firm’s tax litigation and dispute resolution group.

• Gavin MacKenzie announces that he has left DLA Piper to start a new litigation boutique with his daughter Brooke, who practised litigation at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. The new Toronto-based boutique, MacKenzie Barristers, will concentrate on appeals and professional liability work.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Dana F. Hooker has joined the firm’s Vancouver office as associate counsel in the employment and litigation, arbitration and investigations groups.

• Peter MacKay of Baker & McKenzie has joined the board of Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre as vice chairman. Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre is a community partnership model that brings together community and government agencies to provide a co-ordinated response to young victims of sexual and physical abuse.

• Robert Ghiz, former premier of Prince Edward Island, has joined Gowling WLG in the role of senior business adviser. He will play an important role in growing the firm’s domestic and international business. Ghiz has nearly 20 years of experience in government affairs and public policy, including 12 years in elected office. A former adviser to former prime minister Jean Chrétien and manager of government affairs for the Bank of Nova Scotia, Ghiz was elected to P.E.I.’s legislative assembly in 2003 and then re-elected as premier in 2007.

• Andre Poles has joined Gowling WLG as a partner in the firm's Toronto office and member of its Capital Markets and Financial Institutions & Services groups.

• DeMarco Allan LLP announces that Rob Eberschlag has joined the firm as partner. He joined from Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.

• The Toronto office of global employment and labour law practice Littler has relocated to Brookfield Place at 181 Bay Street, Suite 3210.

• Ontario has appointed Justice Alison Rose Mackay to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective May 25. Called to the bar in 1988, Justice Mackay has been a sole practitioner, specializing in criminal law, for the past 26 years. She has appeared in both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. Since 2007, she has served as director of the Criminal Lawyers' Association for the Region of Peel. Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Mackay to preside in Brampton.

• The South Asian Bar Association of North America will bestow its highest awards to the following Toronto lawyers and legal organizations at its annual convention in Houston on May 14: Pioneer Award: Hon. Russell Juriansz, Court of Appeal for Ontario; Cornerstone Award: Ron Choudhury, Miller Thomson LLP; Public Service Achievement Award: South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario; and Enterprise Award: BMO Financial.

• Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP announces that Sara Zborovski has joined the Toronto office as a partner. She joins the firm from DLA Piper where she was also a partner.


• No current news.


• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Raphaël Girard and Nils Goeteyn have joined the firm as associates in Montreal.

• Jeune Barreau de Montréal announces the departure of executive director Catherine Ouimet. The JBM says Ouimet's leadership over nearly eight years helped the group become an influential player in Montreal and the Quebec legal community.

• Miller Thomson LLP announces the arrival of Nathalie Durocher as a partner within the Insurance Litigation Group in Montreal.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Catherine Deslauriers has joined the firm as a practice support lawyer in its Montreal office.

•  Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP announces the addition of François Auger as a partner and Julia Wang as an associate in the firm's integrated national tax group in Montreal.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has announced that Charles Malone has joined the firm's Montreal office as practice support lawyer and Alexandre Desjardins has joined as an associate.


• Robertson Stromberg LLP welcomes new partner Scott D. Waters and new associate Siobhan H. Morgan to the firm.


• 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.

• DS Lawyers Canada announces the opening of an office in Dakar in partnership with DS Avocats France under the name DS Consulting Africa. The Dakar office is managed by Me Seynabou Kandji, also in charge of the activities of the firm in neighbouring countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

• TAGLaw has added eight new member firms. They are: Batalla Salto Luna in Costa Rica; Valdes, Suarez & Velasco in El Salvador; Limited in New Zealand; Meredith Connell in New Zealand; Wintertons Legal Practitioners in Zimbabwe; Silk Legal in Thailand; CAKMAKOVA Advocates in Macedonia, and Legalmax Law Firm in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

• Eversheds announces the appointment of Rachael Shek as a partner in its disputes practice in Hong Kong. She joins from Herbert Smith Freehills in Hong Kong.

Last updated: July 22, 2016


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