• Court of Queen’s Bench justices Thomas W. Wakeling and Russell S. Brown were elevated to the Court of Appeal of Alberta, and the courts of appeal in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Debra A. Yungwirth, a lawyer with Yungwirth Tumbach in Edmonton, will replace Wakeling as a justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.
• McMillan LLP announced Caireen Hanert has joined the firm's Calgary office as counsel in the advocacy and litigation group.
• Daniel Sears, former head of McCarthys' Calgary finance group, has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's Calgary office as a partner.
• The partners of Miller Thomson announced Feb. 3 the appointment of Kent H. Davidson, QC, as chair of the National Firm.
• Dentons Canada LLP has announced the admission of Dean Hitesman and John R. Lemieux to its partnership at the Edmonton office and Sebastian Elawny, Adrienne O’Reilly, and Colin Yeo to the Calgary office, effective Feb. 1.
• Roper Greyell welcomed J. Najeeb Hassan to the partnership on Feb. 11.
• Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP welcomes Darrell W. Podowski to the mining group in the Vancouver office.
• Stuart Breen has joined Lawson Lundell’s mining group as a partner based in the Vancouver office. Prior to joining Lawson Lundell, Stuart was a partner at a national law firm.
• The founding members of Michael Evrensel & Pawar LLP (operating as MEP Business Counsel) are proud to announce the launch of a new British Columbia-based full-service corporate, commercial, and media/entertainment law firm founded on global expertise, ingenuity, and collegiality. Formed by a collaborative group of highly-skilled business lawyers from Heenan Blaikie’s former Vancouver office, with a wealth of experience from internationally recognized firms in London, New York, Vancouver, Montreal, Beijing, and Toronto, MEP Business Counsel is uniquely positioned in the current legal market.
• William (Bill) E. J. Skelly has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP as counsel in the Vancouver banking and financial services group.
• Justice Victor E. Toews was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba.
• Sacha R. Paul from Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP has been elected to the 2014 Misericordia Health Centre Foundation board of directors.
• Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP has announced a recent agreement to enter into partnership with Roy Johnston & Co. LLP, based in Brandon, Manitoba, with a proposed effective date of April 1, 2014. The merged firms, with our expanded geographic presence, will be better enabled to provide a full range of legal services to clients located in the areas traditionally served by Roy Johnston & Co. LLP, while continuing to offer the services of the same local lawyers and offices.
• Pitblado Law is pleased to announce Matthew Duffy, Nicole Hamilton, Michael Selchen, and Paul Hesse have joined the firm partnership in January, 2014.
• After more than 22 years with the Moncton office of Stewart McKelvey, and after having worked approximately one year in the role as part-time in-house counsel for a local real estate development firm, John Eric Pöllabauer has announced he resumed the practice of law with the Moncton law firm of Bingham Law Droit.
• Stewart McKelvey is pleased to announce that the following articling clerks are joining the firm subsequent to being called to the bar: Renée Fontaine (Moncton), Sarah Almon (Saint John), Julia Parent (Saint John), Lara MacDougall (Fredericton), and Sheila LanctÙt (Fredericton).
• Five associates are joining the partnership of Cox & Palmer: Trisha Gallant-LeBlanc, Stephen J. Hill, Paul J. White, Isabelle C. Moreau, Michael A. Gillis.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
• Dr. Cox and Palmer welcomes Ashley Savinov, Matthew Clarke, and Daniel Bennett as associate lawyers at the firm's St. John's office following their call to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar on Feb. 14.
• Lawson Lundell LLP announces the following new associate: In Yellowknife, Glen Rutland (litigation), who was with the Department of Justice of the NWT.
• Karan M. Shaner has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories (Yellowknife), replacing Justice D.M. Cooper, who resigned as of March 3, 2011. Shaner joined the province's ministry of justice in 1996 and was most recently its assistant deputy minister.
• Associate Malinda A. Kellett has joined Lawson Lundell's corporate and commercial group.
• Gerald Stang and the Peterson Stang corporate department will be joining the Field Law offices in Yellowknife in August.
• Cox & Palmer is pleased to announce Clyde K. Wells, QC, has been appointed as chair of its board of directors effective immediately. Wells serves as counsel in the St. John’s office of Cox & Palmer and has had a distinguished career as a lawyer, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Chief Justice.
• Cox & Palmer has announced two lawyers from their business practice group, Jane Anderson and Marc Beaubien, have become partners in the Halifax office. Anderson has a broad corporate commercial law practice, with a focus on securities law. Beyond her legal practice, Jane is a mother of three children and currently teaches securities regulation at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Beaubien’s practice focuses on assisting residential and commercial real property clients with acquisitions, leasing, and financings. His community involvement includes serving on the board of directors of the Waegwoltic Club.
• The Governance and Nominating Committee has announced its unanimous nomination of Halifax lawyer R. Daren Baxter for second vice president of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for the 2014-15 council year.
• Len Hoyt, QC, chair of the board of directors at McInnes Cooper, has announce the appointment of Ray Adlington as the firm’s new managing partner and CEO, for a three-year term commencing December 1, 2013.
• The Nova Scotia Barristers Society is pleased to announce that Marjorie A. Hickey, QC, will be the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award. A partner in the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper, she has a varied litigation and administrative law practice, with a focus on regulatory and liability issues for professions and self-governing organizations.
• Former Ontario Securities Commission chair Edward Waitzer, director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business at York University as well as a former chair at Stikeman Elliot, will be replacing Philip Olsson as chair of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.
• Susan Cooper, a partner at Chandler & Cooper in Iqaluit, has been appointed a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice, replacing Justice B.A. Browne.
• Paul W. Nicholson and Gregory J. Verbeem were both appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Nicholson replaces Justice Clifford S. Nelson in Newmarket, who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of Feb. 25. Verbeem replaces Justice Richard C. Gates, who went supernumerary last year.
• Gowlings welcomes Jeffrey Beedell, a leader in Supreme Court of Canada agency work, as a partner in the firm’s Ottawa office.
• Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP's Toronto office announced the addition of six prominent practitioners in two key areas of strategic focus for the firm, restructuring & insolvency and mining: Shayne Kukulowicz, Michael Wunder, Ryan Jacobs, Jane Dietrich, and Natalie E. Levine.
• The team at GSNH LLP continues to expand with Michael Rotsztain and Catherine Willson recently joining the firm as counsel and Bhavin Bilimoria as an associate. The firm also announced Lydia Pilch has been recently named a partner of the firm.
• Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Howard Winkler, formerly a senior litigation partner with Aird & Berlis LLP, has established his own litigation and mediation practice.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
• Cox & Palmer's Summerside office welcomes David Hammond, QC, to the firm as counsel. Hammond has practiced law in Summerside for 38 years as a sole practitioner, with a focus on real estate, corporate commercial, financial services, banking & insolvency, estates & trusts, criminal, and litigation. The Summerside office also welcomes associate lawyer Daniel Kutcher, who practiced law with the firm in St. John’s before recently moving with his family to Summerside. Kutcher has a general practice that emphasizes the importance of open and positive relationship building with clients.
• Stephen Carpenter has been named the newest partner at Stewart McKelvey's Charlottetown office. The employment lawyer counts among his clients a range of employers across various industries, as well as organizations in the insurance, education and health sectors.
• Tracey L. Clements, Sherry E. Gillis, and Kim M. McNeill have each been designated Queen's Counsel.
• Gary Rosen, formerly of Heenan Blaikie, is now at Lawrence Witt De Grandpré Chait.
• Stephane Duval, formerly of Heenan Blaikie, is now at Cain Lamarre.
• Fasken Martineau announced the firm's corporate/commercial law group gained Neil Wiener as a partner and Sébastien Bellefleur as an associate.
• Gowlings is pleased to welcome two of Quebec’s most highly regarded employment and labour lawyers, Guy Tremblay and Lucie Guimond, as partners in the firm’s Montréal office.
• Dentons Canada LLP has announced the admission of Ari Sorek to its partnership at the Montreal office, effective Feb. 1.
• Michael Megaw, a lawyer with Gerrand Rath Johnson in Regina since 2001, was appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Saskatchewan, replacing Justice N.S. Sandomirsky who went supernumerary last year.
• Robertson Stromberg LLP is pleased to report M. Kim Anderson was appointed Queen’s Counsel on December 16th, 2013. Anderson, a partner, and well-respected insolvency and restructuring practitioner, also advises municipal governments on a wide range of issues. The partnership welcomed Darlene N. Wingerak as its newest member on January 1st, 2014. Darlene’s successful practice focuses on commercial law, employment law and alternative dispute resolution. Jan. 1st also saw the arrival of two additional lawyers to the firm. Sara L. Knowles comes to us following a busy practice with a major firm in British Columbia and will practice in the litigation area focusing on family law. Having previously worked at a national firm in Calgary, Michael J.G. Wright joins RS bringing nine years of corporate/commercial and securities expertise.
• On Feb. 11, the Association of Corporate Counsel, a global bar association representing more than 33,000 in-house counsel in 85 countries, named Tiffani R. Alexander as editor-in-chief of the award-winnning in-house publication, ACC Docket. Previously, Alexander served as managing editor, and in her new role, she will spearhead the publication's editorial print and digital platforms, as well as efforts to expand ACC Docket's global footprint.
• Louis Charette, a litigation partner at Lavery, was appointed "Canada Country Chair” of the Defense Research Institute International Committee. The DRI is the world’s largest organization of attorneys defending the interests of businesses and individuals in civil litigation cases.
Last updated: March 10, 2014