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• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Kevin Barr has joined the firm in Calgary as counsel. He was previously with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces the following new partners in Calgary: Jennifer Koschinsky; Birch K. Miller; Derrick S. Pagenkopf; and Steve R. Will.
• Dentons Canada LLP announces that David Lefebvre has been named a corporate partner in Calgary. He was previously with the firm from 1990 to 2004, before moving to Stikeman Elliott LLP and then to Gowlings in 2011.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has named two new partners to its Calgary office, effective Jan. 1, as follows: Peter D. Banks (construction), and Richard Eisenbraun (tax).
• Stringam Denecky LLP and SGB LLP announce they have merged to become the "pre-eminent regional law firm in Alberta" known as Stringam LLP. Following the merger effective Jan. 1, there will be a total of 33 lawyers practicing at the new firm.
• McMillan LLP announces that Kourtney Rylands has joined the Business Law group in the Calgary office. Rylands was called to the Alberta bar Aug. 10.
• Bull Housser & Tupper LLP announces that Michael Blatchford, Kirsten Jenkins, and Olga Rivkin have joined the partnership in Vancouver.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces the following new partners in Vancouver: Jonathan B. Ross and Michael James Schalke.
• James J. D. Wagner announces that he has left Magellan Law Group LLP of Langley, B.C. to launch Silvergate Law in Vancouver, where he will focus on intellectual property law and civil litigation.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces that Maxwell Brunette, an employment and labour lawyer, has joined its Vancouver office as partner. Previously, he was a partner at Blakes in Calgary.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has named two new partners to its Vancouver office, effective Jan. 1, as follows: Luke Dineley (insurance & tort liability), and Edward J.T. Wang (financial services).
• McMillan LLP announces that Rebecca Rock has joined the Business Law group in the Vancouver office. Rock was called to the B.C. bar Sept. 2. McMillan also announces that Marina Tran has joined the Capital Markets and Regulatory groups in the Vancouver office. Tran was called to the B.C. bar May 20. McMillan also announces that Linda Yang has joined the Litigation group in the Vancouver office. Yang was called to the B.C. bar on Sept. 2.
• Fillmore Riley LLP announces that Johanna C. C. Caithness has joined the partnership. She practises primarily in the area of taxation.
• Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP announces that Jeff Hirsch has been elected president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He will continue to serve his clients and will be based in Winnipeg.
• Allan Fineblit of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in Winnipeg has been awarded the Richard J. Scott Award, which is presented for excellence in promoting the rule of law.
• André-Guy Savoie and John Eric Pöllabauer announce the opening of their new boutique law practice in the City of Dieppe.
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.
• 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.
• Geoff Machum, a senior partner at Stewart McKelvey LLP specializing in commercial litigation, has been elected chair of the firm's partnership board effective Jan. 1. Machum has been a member of the partnership board since 2008.
• No current news.
• Mike Killeen has joined Peerage Capital as SVP and general counsel in Toronto. Most recently, he was president of Aston Hill Asset Management Inc. and, since 2015, has been engaged in venture capital initiatives involving the green energy markets.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that the following new associates have joined the firm in Toronto, many of whom were hired back after articling: Bevan Brooksbank; Graeme Hamilton; Eric Koh; Corry Lomer; Ivana Nenadic; Maddie Axelrod; Andrew Baker; Rachael Belanger; Laura Costen; Matthew Gray; Andrew Guerrisi; Suzanne Kittell; Roma Lotay; Naveen Hassan; David Major; Arthur Nahas; Pierre Permingeat; Graham Splawski; Stephen Nguyen; and Natalie Salafia. The firm also announces that Jeffrey Coghlan has joined as an associate in Ottawa.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Alfred Buggé has joined the firm's Toronto and Montreal offices as a partner.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces that Emma Kenley has been named a partner in Hamilton.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces the following new partners in Waterloo Region: Graham H.H. Darling and Aubrey Lasky.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces the following new partners in Ottawa: D.E. Gordon Cudney; Martin Lapner; and Jaclyn Marmara.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces the following new partners in Toronto: Leila Burden Nixon; Daniel Cole; Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel; and John Sorensen.
• MBM IP Law LLP announces that Etienne de Villiers has joined as partner as the firm opens its new Toronto office. He was formerly with Dimock Stratton LLP.
• Ottawa law firms Hamilton Appotive LLP and Kelly Santini LLP announce that the two firms joined together Jan. 1. The integrated firm will operate as Kelly Santini LLP and will continue the practice of Hamilton Appotive LLP.
• Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP announces that Janet Bobechko has joined the Toronto office as partner. She was previously at Blaney McMurtry LLP.
• Hamilton | Appotive LLP and Kelly Santini LLP announce that the two firms joined together Jan. 1. The integrated firm will operate as Kelly Santini LLP and will continue the practice of Hamilton | Appotive LLP in Ottawa.
• Dickinson Wright LLP announces that Andrae J. Marrocco has been named a partner to the firm in its Toronto office, effective Jan. 1. He joined the firm in 2012.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
• No current news.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Alfred Buggé has joined the firm's Montreal and Toronto offices as a partner.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces that Alexander Bayus has been named a partner in Montreal.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has named two new partners to its Montreal office, effective Jan. 1, as follows: Stuart S. Aronovitch (labour & employment), and Mélanie Champagne (health law).
• Robertson Stromberg LLP announces that Ken K. Ziegler has been appointed Queen’s Counsel. The partnership also welcomes Kirsten M. Hnatuk as its newest member.
• The Honourable Georgina Jackson, judge of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. She was elected in October, during the CIAJ’s annual conference in Saskatoon. This is the first time the CIAJ’s president has come from Saskatchewan.
• TAGLaw of St. Petersburg, Fla. announces the following additions to its advisory board: Pablo Brusco of Brons & Salas (Argentina); Jim Dankenbring of Spencer Fane LLP (U.S.); John Delaney of Delaney Partners (Bahamas); Irwin Kishner of Herrick Feinstein LLP (U.S.); Paul Hopkins of Carter Newell (Australia); and Danielle Muller of Rassers Advocaten (Netherlands).
Last updated: Jan. 25, 2016