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• Cognition LLP is sure to leave its mark on Calgary by introducing its new model for business legal services to Alberta companies and legal departments.

• Norton Rose Fulbright Canada's Calgary office sees the addition of five new partners: Kyle Kashuba, Danielle Maksimow, Justin Pettigrew, Katherine Prusinkiewicz, and Joshua Sadovnick.

• Qaim Giga, Scott Nicol, Sarah Nykolaishen, and Terry Rowles joined Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP's Calgary office.

• The partners of Burstall Winger LLP announced the firm has changed its name to Burstall Winger Zammit LLP to recognize the significant contributions of Jay M. Zammit to the success of the firm.

• Daniel Sears, previously at McCarthy Tetrault, joined BLG's Calgary office as partner. Barrie Pomerance, Neal Wang, Edward Wooldridge, and Pat Heinsen join as counsel. The former three hail from Heenan Blaikie, while Heinsen returns to the firm from MJM Barristers.


• Carina Bittel has been appointed Clark Wilson’s chief operating officer, effective April 1. Bittel previously served as the firm’s director of administration and played a key role in strategic planning initiatives and management committees. Lyall D. Knott, Q.C., was appointed a member of the advisory board to the Canada Institute of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

• Clark Wilson LLP announced James Speakman has been appointed managing partner of the firm, effective April 1.

• Michelle Adams has joined Harper Grey LLP as an associate with the family law group.

• McCullough O'Connor Irwin LLP welcomes Elizabeth Dylke and Alexis Marach to the firm as associates. Dylke joins the firm after practicing in New York and in-house for several years and practices corporate and securities law including private equity. Marach comes from the Vancouver office of a national firm and practices corporate and securities law with a focus on mining law.

• Blair Lockhart announced on March 26 he left the position of general counsel at the Aurora Group of Companies in Vancouver and is now faculty lead to set up the new Centre for Mine Economics and Business at The BC Institute of Technology.


• Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP congratulates Jennifer McRae and Drew Mitchell on their admission to the partnership.

• 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.


• 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.


• Cox & Palmer announced Darren O’Keefe and William Cahill have been made partners of the St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador office effective Jan. 1.


• 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.


• Jessica Bakhos, a 2012 grad, and Eva English, a 2013 grad, have both joined the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP as associates. Marc Lampert, also a 2013 grad, joined the firm's Waterloo office.

• Lerners LLP announced Angus McKinnon has joined the Toronto office. As a senior commercial litigator, McKinnon brings a wealth of experience to the firm’s commercial litigation, class action, and appeals practice groups.

• Blakes has been named leading firm in Canada by Who's Who Legal. Blakes is the only Canadian firm to have received this honour for six consecutive years.

• Fleck & Chumak LLP is a new intellectual property law firm co-founded by Lorraine Fleck and Yuri Chumak, who between them have almost 20 years of experience at large business law firms and specialized intellectual property law firms. The new firm’s offices are in downtown Toronto.

• Norton Rose Fulbright Canada's Toronto office has four new partners: Michael Bunn, Madeleine Loewenberg, Louisa Pontrelli, and Kristin Wall.

• Benjamin Adelson, Kristin Ali, Chris Burr, Peter Lee, Samir Murji, Edward (Ted) Perlmutter, Saktish Pillai, and Robert Seager joined Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP's Toronto office.


• 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.


• Jean-Philippe Herbert, a 2013 grad, and 2014 grad Marie-Claude Lassiseraye Mathieu are now associates at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's Montreal office.

• David Millette and Marie-Hélène Rochon join Norton Rose Fulbright Canada's Montreal office and Pierre Duquette joins the Quebec City office, all as partners.

• Steven Bento joins ROBIC LLP in its trademark and business and corporate law team on March 18.

• In Montreal, the addition of Dean Chenoy and Phillipe St. Louis means Miller Thomson now has expertise in entertainment law — a first in Montreal.

• Fasken Martineau announced March 20 Jean-Sébastien Dugas is joining its corporate/commercial law group as a partner.


• 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.


• International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced Steve Vaughan joined the firm as a partner in its Toronto office.

• The Centre for International Governance Innovation announced the appointment of Oonagh Fitzgerald as director of the think-tank’s International Law Research Program, effective April 28.

Last updated: April 16, 2014


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