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• Fasken Martineau announces that Gary Cochrane and Scott Sangster have joined its Calgary office as partners in the Banking & Finance group.

• Dentons has named Courtney Burton and Dan Shea as partners in Calgary.

• Torys LLP announces that Anthony Cioni, who was a partner in the Calgary office, has left the firm.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes Patrick Roche to the partnership in Calgary, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

• Norton Rose Fulbright LLP announces the following new partners in Calgary: Michael C. Bolitho, James O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Williams.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes Sierra Heisler, who has joined the firm's Edmonton office as an associate in the Corporate Group.

• Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP announces that Josef Hocher and Kenton Rein have joined the firm in its Calgary office as partners.


Dentons announces the selection of John Sandrelli as its Vancouver office managing partner. He brings more than 25 years of experience in corporate restructuring and reorganization matters to his clients.

• Daniel Kozera, Laura Miller and Brett Weninger have joined Harper Grey LLP as associates in Vancouver. Each completed their articles with the firm and was recently called to the B.C. bar.

• Miller Thomson LLP announces the appointment of four partners to its Vancouver legal knowledge centre: John Doolan, a senior real estate lawyer; Rory Godinho, a leader in capital markets and securities law; Heather Jones, an experienced litigator with an extensive background in complex corporate and commercial matters; and Gal Smolar, a corporate technology lawyer who advises entrepreneurs, startups and investors.

• McMillan LLP announces that Dharampreet Dhillon has joined the Commercial Real Estate group in the Vancouver office.

• Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart Law Corporation announces that Neeta Gill and Corinne Taliunas have joined the firm as associates.

• Sandra Abley has joined Harper Grey LLP as associate counsel with its Wills & Estates and Business Law Groups.

• Sunny Aujla and Peter Hagel have joinedHamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart Law Corporation as associates. David Perry has joined the firm as associate counsel.

• Scott Howie has joined Harper Grey LLP as an associate with the Business Law Group.


• MLT Aikins LLP's Guy Joubert has retired effective Dec. 30, 2016. Joubert began his articles in 1988 and joined Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP in 1994. On Jan. 20, he received the 2017 MBA Distinguished Service Award, an honour awarded to a member of the bench or bar who exemplifies the ideals of service to the legal profession and the community.

• The partners of Fillmore Riley LLP congratulate Lindsay R. Martens and Delaney T. Vun on their admission to partnership effective Jan. 1, 2017. Martens practises primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial law, tax law, real estate, pension law and wills and estates. Vun practises mainly in the areas of corporate and commercial law, real estate and condominium law. She is currently vice president of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute.

• MLT Aikins LLP welcomes new partner Grant Stefanson to the firm’s Winnipeg office. A former managing partner of D’Arcy & Deacon LLP, he practises in the areas of civil litigation, corporate and commercial law, regulatory offences, labour and employment and aboriginal law.


• Stewart McKelvey announced it is furthering its commitment to UNB law students with a leadership gift of $200,000. This donation will support the Frank Covert and Stewart McKelvey scholarships and create a new scholarship to promote and encourage diversity among the entering class.

• John Williamson, dean of the faculty of law at the University of New Brunswick, welcomes legal scholars Jane Thomson and Michael Marin to UNB.


• 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.


• James Bishop has been appointed associate general counsel of DHX Media.

• 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.


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• Beth Wilson, former KPMG Greater Toronto Area managing partner, has been selected as chief executive officer of Dentons Canada LLP effective July 1, 2017, and she will become a member of the Dentons Global Management Committee and Global Board. Chris Pinnington, current Canada CEO and chairman, who earlier announced his intention to step down as part of a planned succession after almost eight years in the CEO role, will continue to serve as chairman of Dentons Canada.

• Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has named Doug Bryce national managing partner, while Shahir Guindi and Dale Ponder have been named co-chairpersons.

• Goldblatt Partners LLP welcomes three leading pension lawyers — Susan Philpott, Simon Archer and Clio Godkewitsch — to the firm.

• Murray Ralston Lawyers welcomes Michelle Tan to the firm as an associate in its plaintiff personal injury practice in Barrie and North Bay, Ont. She will be working primarily out of the Barrie location.

• Torys LLP announces that Jill E. McCutcheon has joined the firm as partner and Kelly Morris has joined as senior counsel.

• Fogler Rubinoff LLP welcomes Kathryn Balter to its Wills and Estates Group.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Brian Davison has been named chairman of the firm's Restructuring Group.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes Meghan Pohl to its Toronto office as an associate in the Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations Group.

• Miller Thomson LLP announces the following appointments in Toronto: Gregory R. Azeff, partner, Kyla Mahar, partner, and Luigi Valente, associate.

• Dentons has named the following new partners in Toronto: Andrew Bourns, Radha Khosla, Kris Miks, Larry Nevsky and Chloe Snider.

• Dentons has named James Wishart as a new partner in Ottawa.

• Jill E. McCutcheon has joined Torys LLP as a partner in Toronto, while Kelly Morris has joined the firm as senior counsel.

• Dickinson Wright LLP announces that Jud Whiteside has joined the firm in Toronto. He currently focuses his practice in corporate and commercial law with extensive experience and special expertise in competition law and sports law.

• Lerners LLP welcomes Alan Melamud, who has joined the firm’s Toronto office as an associate in the Commercial Litigation and Class Actions groups.

• Daniel Logan has joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in Toronto, bringing more than 20 years of experience in complex commercial technology and outsourcing transactions.

• Miller Thomson LLP announces that Lawrence D. Wilder and Tom Koutoulakis have joined the firm as partners. They were both previously with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

• Erika Chamberlain has been named the new dean of Western University’s Faculty of Law, beginning May 1, 2017. She has been associate dean (academic) at Western Law for the past five years.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Thomas Albert Cromwell has joined the firm as counsel. He joins BLG following his retirement from the Supreme Court of Canada, where he served as a justice from December 2008 to September 2016.

• Miller Thomson LLP welcomes Lawrence Wilder and Tom Koutoulakis as partners to its Toronto Business Practice Group. Wilder and Koutoulakis join Miller Thomson from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

• Dentons Canada LLP announces that Rebecca Kacaba and Mat Goldstein have joined its Toronto office, while Eric Foster has returned to the firm’s Corporate group in Toronto.


• No current news.


•  Fasken Martineau announces that two new partners, Carl Tremblay and Kateri-Anne Grenier, have joined its Québec City office, becoming members of the Corporate/Commercial and Litigation and Dispute Resolution groups, respectively.

• Dentons has named the following new partners in Montreal: Charles Côté-Lépine, Marie-Josée Couture, Anthony Franceschini, John Papagiannis and Giancarlo Salvo.

• Norton Rose Fulbright LLP announces that Walied Soliman has been elected chairman of the firm in Canada, effective March 24. He will chair the Partnership Committee, an elected representative committee of the Canadian partnership, and play an important external role with the firm’s clients.


• Miller Thomson LLP announces that Jonathan Martin has joined the firm as an associate in Regina.

• Dale Tesarowski, a senior Crown counsel, has been appointed executive director of the new Corporate Initiatives, Performance and Planning Branch, an amalgamation of several policy and planning shops within the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. Kylie Head has assumed the duties of acting assistant deputy minister at Saskatchewan Justice and Glen Gardner has been appointed the deputy minister of Justice and deputy attorney general for Saskatchewan.


• Garden City Group, a New York-based settlement administration firm responsible for some of the largest class action settlement programs in the U.S., announces that it is joining forces with one of Canada’s oldest and foremost class action settlement administrators, Crawford Class Action Services of Waterloo, Ont.

• Lawson Lundell LLP announces the launch of its China Initiative. Led by partner Jack Yong, the new group will focus on clients from Asian markets, particularly from China. The team also includes associates Julia Winters, Lorena Vlad and May Au, paralegals Iris He and Valerie Zeng and business development manager Sylvia Sun.

• Colin Murray has been elected as Baker McKenzie's next North America managing partner. He currently serves as managing partner of the firm's San Francisco/Palo Alto office, and he will succeed Rick Hammett on July 1.

Last updated: July 17, 2017


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