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• Nancy L. Irving will lead a comprehensive review of the bail system to assist government in deciding if and how the bail process could be changed to better protect Albertans, following a report released June 16 by Justice and Solicitor General Minister Kathleen Ganley that recommended a comprehensive review of the bail process in Alberta. Irving, a former general counsel for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, serving most recently as a senior member of its headquarters staff in Ottawa, is expected to make recommendations to Minister Ganley in February 2016.

• Gowlings announces that Wally Braul has joined the firm as a partner in its Calgary office. Braul comes to Gowlings from Bennett Jones.

• Machida James McGurk, Barristers announces that Shiv Ganesh has joined the firm as an associate.


• Partners from two of Vancouver’s boutique entertainment law firms, Atkins & Company and Chandler Fogden, have formed Chandler Fogden Aldous Law (CFA Law), a full-service law firm specializing in entertainment law, with legal and business experience in the areas of film, television, music, and digital media. Leading CFA Law are Doran Chandler and Kyle Fogden, the founding partners of Chandler Fogden, and Patrick Aldous, formerly a partner of Atkins & Company. Kim Roberts, a founding partner of Roberts and Stahl, has joined CFA Law as senior counsel. The new firm also includes associates Nathaniel Lyman and Heather Watt.

• Gowlings announces that Jay C. Shin has joined the firm in Vancouver as a partner and co-leader of its Korea Initiative. Shin was previously a partner at Yulchon LLC in Korea.

• Clark Wilson LLP has announced that Geoff White has joined the firm as counsel. He is a past chair of the CBA National Elder Law Committee and is a current governor of the B.C. Law Foundation. White will assist clients in the firm's Vancouver office and at his long-standing office in Kelowna, B.C.

• Osler announces the opening of a new office in Vancouver, effective Aug. 12. The Vancouver office will initially focus on emerging technology companies and investors with build out in other practice areas to reflect the needs of the B.C. market.


• Fillmore Riley LLP announces that Aron Grusko, Rachel Loewen, Brynne Thordarson and Kirk Vilks have joined the firm as associates.

• TDS Law announces that Sarah Thomson, Megan Smith, and John Murray have joined the firm as associates.


• André-Guy Savoie and John Eric Pöllabauer announce the opening of their new boutique law practice in the City of Dieppe.


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• Stewart McKelvey appoints Lydia Bugden to the position of CEO and managing partner.

• Tim Daley has been appointed Nova Scotia's newest provincial and family court judge.


• No current news.


• MBM announces that Stephanie White has been named a partner in Ottawa. Prior to joining the firm, she served as the chief intellectual property counsel for a Canadian not-for-profit organization focused on commercialization of green chemistry technologies.

• Ontario has appointed a new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective Sept. 8. Justice Melanie Sager has been a sole practitioner of family law in Toronto for the last 20 years. She has also acted as duty counsel at the Ontario Court of Justice. She volunteers with the Scarborough Women's Centre, where she has served on the board of directors since 2014. Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Sager to preside in Toronto.

• Toronto boutique law firm Allen McDonald LLP is now Allen McDonald Swartz LLP after adding 20-year Bay Street legal veteran Jillian Swartz as partner. She was previously a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

• The Chief Justice of Canada, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., has announced the appointment of Gib van Ert, counsel with Hunter Litigation Chambers, to the position of Executive Legal Officer of the Supreme Court of Canada. He will join the Chambers of the Chief Justice on Aug. 24 for a two-year term.

• Ontario Securities Commission chair Howard Wetston has announced the appointment of D. Grant Vingoe as vice-chair to the OSC for a two-year term, effective Aug. 12. Vingoe has been a partner with law firms in Toronto and New York, most recently with Norton Rose Fulbright.

• Ontario has appointed two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective Aug. 26. Justice Craig Anthony Parry has been a sole practitioner in Kitchener, Ont., for the past 13 years. He was previously an associate at Peter B. Hambly and a partner at Baran-Gerez and Parry. Justice Melanie Anne Sopinka has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Waterloo Region for the past 14 years. In 2013, she was the Acting Deputy Crown Attorney for the region. Prior to joining the Ministry of the Attorney General, Sopinka served as litigation counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission. Both will preside in Kitchener.

• Daniel Dawalibi has joined Arbitration Place in Toronto as general counsel and resident arbitral secretary. He was formerly at McCarthy Tétrault LLP.


• No current news.


• The Minister of Justice of Quebec, Stéphanie Vallée, has announced the appointment of Hélène Carrier, Serge Delisle and Sébastien Proulx as judges of the Court of Québec, and the appointment of Lucie Marier as magistrate judge of the Quebec Court in St. Jerome. Carrier has been practicing at Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells LLP since 2002. She will serve primarily in the Civil Division in Quebec. Delisle has been a justice of the peace since 2012. He will serve primarily in the Criminal and Penal Division in Montreal. Proulx has served in the criminal affairs division of the Legal Aid Bureau of Quebec since 2002. He will serve primarily in the Criminal and Penal Division and the Youth Division in Montmagny. Marier has been practicing as a senior associate lawyer at Marier Nero since 2006.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Calvin Leung and Kenza Bensaid have joined the firm in Montreal as associates. Both were hired back after articling with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Ouassim Tadlaoui has joined the firm.

• Miller Thomson LLP announces that Lucie Lanctuit and Marco P. Rodrigues have joined the firm.


• Robertson Stromberg LLP announces that James D. Steele and Kelsey R. Burke have joined the firm as associates.

• Miller Thomson LLP announces that David Kowalishen has joined the firm.


• Charles Morgan of McCarthy Tetrault LLP has been elected assistant secretary to the International Technology Law Association.

Last updated: Sept. 1, 2015


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