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• University of Alberta professor Lewis N. Klar is the 2016 recipient of the John G. Fleming Award in Torts presented by UC Berkeley Law School. Klar will deliver the fourth Fleming Lecture at Berkeley Law Oct. 26.
• Gowling WLG announces that aviation law specialist Naomi Nind has joined the firm as a partner and member of its firm-wide Aviation, Aerospace & Defence Group. Based in Calgary, Nind delivers strategic legal advice on transactions involving the licensing, sale, purchase and financing of commercial, business and personal aircraft.
• 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.
• 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.
• David Namkung, partner at The Counsel Network, has been elected president of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers B.C. chapter. Namkung previously served as vice president of FACL BC.
• Ruby Egit joins Branch MacMaster LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of insurance litigation and health law. Egit articled with the enforcement branch of the Ontario Securities Commission before joining Branch MacMaster.
• Christa Korens joins Branch MacMaster LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of health law and insurance litigation. Korens articled at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto before joining Branch MacMaster.
• The Canadian Bar Association's B.C. branch announces that Michael Welsh will be its new president for the 2016-17 term. Welsh, of Mott Welsh & Associates in Penticton, has been a CBABC member for more than 38 years.
• Nathanson Schachter & Thompson LLP announces that Malcolm B. Funt has joined the firm as an associate.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
• 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.
• James Small has joined Baker & McKenzie in Toronto as counsel in the firm's international commercial practice. Most recently, he served as co-founder and director of the Brussels-based Atlantic Strategy Group, which advises global companies on regulatory trade and investment risks involving the European Union
• Epiq, a global provider of integrated technology and services for the legal profession, announces that Bishu Solomon Girma has joined its Toronto office as director of e-discovery solutions for Epiq’s Canadian operations.
• Koskie Minsky LLP announced that Ari N. Kaplan will be leaving the firm on Sept. 30 to launch Mediation Benefits at Kaplan Law, a solo legal practice focused on mediation in the pension and benefits sector, based in Toronto.
• Richard Mahoney joins McMillan LLP as a partner to help lead its Government and Public Policy Group. He will be located primarily in the firm's Ottawa office.
• The Law Foundation of Ontario announces the appointment of Isfahan Merali to its Board of Trustees. Merali is tribunal counsel to the Consent and Capacity Board, practicing administrative and mental health law.
• Gowling WLG announces the addition of Dr. Jon-Paul Powers to its Food & Beverage Group as a partner and scientific adviser, based in the firm’s Ottawa office.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces the appointment of the following associates in Ottawa: Jessica Sheridan, Marion Unrau, Jillian Brenner and Avril Ford-Aubry.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that the following associates have been appointed in Toronto: Reed Taubner, Sonny Ingram and John McIntyre.
• Rusty Juma, legal counsel at Deloitte LLP and former vice president of SABA Toronto, has been appointed as a trustee of the South Asian Bar Association North America Foundation. The Foundation develops and funds programs that support legal education, legal research and public interest employment that benefits the South Asian legal community of North America and the South Asian community as a whole.
• Fogler Rubinoff LLP welcomes Jack D. Coop to its Environmental Law Group to continue his environmental and regulatory law practice.
• Dentons Canada LLP announces that Gary Doer, former Canadian ambassador to the United States and past premier of Manitoba, has joined the firm as senior business advisor based in the Toronto office.
• Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP announces that George Valentini has joined the firm’s Real Estate practice in Toronto.
• After 20 years as a partner in some of Canada's largest law firms, Lisa Abe-Oldenburg has announced the opening of her own technology law firm, aptly named Technology Law Firm, in Toronto's financial district.
• The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto has elected the following lawyers to the board of directors: Aarondeep Bains, Aird & Berlis LLP; Neil Gurmukh, Miller Thomson LLP; Aman Patel; Devin Persaud, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; and Vibhu Sharma.
• Steven Baum has joined Gowling WLG as a partner on the tax team in Toronto. He was formerly a partner with Wilson & Partners.
• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Lauren Dalton has joined the firm’s Toronto office as an associate. She practises corporate/commercial law with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions.
• The Law Foundation of Ontario board of trustees has elected Linda R. Rothstein as its new chairwoman. Rothstein is a partner of Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP and has served as a foundation trustee since 2014.
• 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.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
• No current news.
• BCF Business Law announces that Marc-André Godard has been named a partner in the firm's Montreal office. He has joined the domestic and international taxation group.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces the following appointments in Montreal: associates Julie C. Fortier, Kevin Mailloux and Hugo Saint Laurent.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Maryse Bertrand, Advocatus Emeritus, has joined its Montréal office as strategic advisor and counsel in the Securities and Capital Markets Group.
• Miller Thomson LLP announces the arrival of two lawyers to its insurance law and tax law teams in the firm's Montréal office. Mary Delli Quadri joins as a new partner, while Amina Boudiffa is a new associate.
• Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP announces that Yan Besner has joined the firm’s Real Estate practice in Montreal.
• Hugo Babos-Marchand has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP as a partner. He will be practising in BLG's Montreal office as part of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency team.
• Jean-François Vadeboncoeur, a rising talent in banking, finance and corporate law, has joined Gowling WLG as a partner in the firm’s Montréal office and member of its Corporate Commercial Group.
• Robertson Stromberg LLP announces that Caolan Lemke has recently signed the roll and become a new 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; Avid.legal 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: Sept. 27, 2016