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  • Alberta
    • McLeod Law LLP announces that Jeffrey Thom has joined as counsel in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Wills & Estates groups, along with Layne Thiessen as an associate. Both will have a focus in the resolution of estate-related disputes. Maria Nathanail has joined the firm's Corporate|Commercial group as partner, along with Alexander (Sasha) Koustov. Both practise primarily in the areas of corporate finance, capital markets and securities regulation, as well as business and corporate commercial law.
    • Miller Thomson LLP has announced the following new hires: Kevin Plowman, partner, specializing in banking; and Colleen Ma, whose practice area is in tax law.
       
    • Dentons announces that George Tai and Lillian Y. Pan have joined the firm as partners in its Calgary office as members of the Corporate group and Litigation and Dispute Resolution group, respectively. Both fluent in Mandarin, they will expand the firm's offering to clients interested in business opportunities with China.
    • DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes David Choi to the firm’s Edmonton office as an associate in the Corporate Group. 
    • MLT Aikins LLP welcomes Lesley Akst, who joins the litigation team in Edmonton as an associate. Akst’s practice focuses on tax assessment litigation, administrative law and debt recovery.
    • Miller Thomson LLP announces that Greg Prizent has joined as associate in the firm's Edmonton office. He specializes in tax law.
    • Jonathan Denis, former two-term MLA, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, announces that he has re-entered the private sector with the formation of Guardian Law Group LLP along with Dale Fedorchuk and Donna Gee.
    • Lawson Lundell LLP announces that James Scott has joined the Calgary office as an associate.
    • Dentons announces that partner Shawna Vogel is a winner of the 2017 Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Women in Law.
    • DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes associate counsel Samantha C. Kernahan to its Edmonton office. Her expertise in intellectual property law and corporate/commercial law will add considerable depth to the firm's capabilities across sectors.
    • 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.
  • British Columbia
    • Lawson Lundell LLP welcomes Michael Li, Garrett Lee and Irene Chen to its Vancouver office as associates in the Business Law group. 
    • Clark Wilson LLP announces that David Gordon has joined the firm's Tax group. 
       
    • Roper Greyell LLP announces that Jacqueline Gant and Julia Bell have joined the firm.
    • McMillan LLP announces three new additions to its Vancouver office: Maneesha Dakha has joined the Business Law group; Ruth Nieuwenhuis has joined the Advocacy & Employment group; and Angela Yousofi has joined the Capital Markets group.
       
    • Lawson Lundell LLP announces that Irene Chen has joined the Vancouver office as an associate in the firm’s Business Law group.
    • Clark Wilson LLP announces that Rachelle Mezzarobba has become a partner of the firm.
    • MLT Aikins LLP welcomes Rajit Mittal as an associate in the firm’s Vancouver office. Mittal is a commercial litigator with experience in claims of professional negligence, real property matters including expropriation and construction claims.
    • Lawson Lundell LLP announces that Jim Boyle and Patrick Thomson have joined its Vancouver office as associates in the Labour and Employment group and Mining group, respectively.
    • McCullough O'Connor Irwin LLP welcomes Tajinder Rathor as an associate of the firm. Rathor will be practising corporate and securities law.
    • Miller Thomson LLP announces that Elizabeth Holden has joined the firm as associate in Vancouver. Her practice area is in Capital Markets & Securities.
    • Dentons welcomes U.S. immigration lawyer Ellen Kief as counsel. Based in Vancouver, Kief’s practice focuses on U.S. business immigration for corporate clients and organizations in Canada, the U.S. and worldwide.
    • DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes Christopher Ross to the firm’s Vancouver office as an associate in the Tax Group. He practises in the area of corporate and personal income tax, with particular emphasis on corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions and personal tax and estate planning.
    • MLT Aikins LLP welcomes Rajit Mittal as an associate in the firm’s Vancouver office.
    • Clark Wilson LLP announces that Bavia Bisetty has joined the firm as a partner in its Commercial Real Estate group.

    • Hart Legal announces that Alistair Vigier has been promoted to vice president of the company.
    • Fasken Martineau announces that Craig Munroe has joined its Vancouver office as partner in the Labour, Employment & Human Rights group.
    • Clark Wilson LLP announces the following hires in Vancouver: Jeff Holowaychuk joins the Intellectual Property and Information Technology groups; Max Portner joins the Capital Markets, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions group; Mike McDonald joins the new Aboriginal Business group; Catherine Brayley joins the Tax and Estates & Trusts groups; Carly Tyson joins the Commercial Real Estate group; Emily Clough joins the Business Litigation and Estates & Trusts groups; and Chantal Cattermole joins the Mediation & Arbitration and Estates & Trusts groups.
    • Miranda Lam of McCarthy Tétrault has been appointed vice chair of the Vancouver Foundation board of directors for 2017-2018.
    • 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.
  • Manitoba
    • Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP announces that Adrian Frost has assumed the presidency of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers. The firm says Frost is the first Manitoba lawyer to hold this position. CACE consists of management-side labour and employment lawyers from across Canada and has almost 1,400 members, including more than 300 in-house lawyers with Canada’s largest corporations.  
       
    • Steven Z. Raber, a partner at Fillmore Riley LLP, has been elected a director of IP Neutrals of Canada, a group of 10 leading Canadian intellectual property practitioners that provides a roster of highly qualified approved neutrals to assist in the resolution of Canadian intellectual property disputes.
    • MLT Aikins LLP welcomes three new associates to its Winnipeg office: Tom Provost, Adam Pollock and Nicolas Joubert. Provost practises in corporate finance, securities and mergers and acquisitions, while Pollock’s practice focuses on civil litigation and Joubert practises in corporate/commercial law and intellectual property.
    • Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP welcomes Kelsey McIntyre to the firm. Her practice will focus on civil and commercial litigation.
    • 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.
  • New Brunswick
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Northwest Territories
    • Lawson Lundell LLP announces that Keith Sulzer has joined as an associate in the firm’s Yellowknife office. 
    • 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.
  • Nova Scotia
    • Michelle C. Awad of McInnes Cooper in Halifax has been inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. The IATL seeks out, identifies, acknowledges and honours those who have achieved a career of excellence through demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court and appellate practice. The group limits membership to 500 fellows from the United States.
    • Social justice and human rights lawyer Vincent Calderhead has joined dispute resolution law firm Pink Larkin. An authority in the area of poverty law, Calderhead will be offering services to those in need on a pro bono basis. 
    • The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has welcomed its new leadership for the coming year. Julia Cornish assumes the position of president for 2017-2018, taking over from R. Daren Baxter, president for 2016-2017. Joining her as officers are: Frank E. DeMont, who will serve as first vice president, and Christa Brothers, who will be second vice president.
    • James Bishop has been appointed associate general counsel of DHX Media.
  • Nunavut
    • No current news.
  • Ontario
    • Miller Thomson LLP has announced the following new hires: Pamela Lindsay, associate; Jag Gandhi, partner; and Juliana Abdo, counsel. Lindsay's practice area is in corporate law, Gandhi specializes in private client services and Abdo is focused on real estate law. 
    • Sandra Barton, a partner at Gowling WLG in Toronto, has been appointed to the class proceedings committee of the Class Proceedings Fund.
    • Cambridge LLP partner H. Scott Fairley has been appointed by the Government of Ontario to both the standing Panel Roster of Arbitrators and the Appellate Panel Roster, pursuant to Chapter 10 and Annex 1005.2 of the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement, effective July 1, 2017. 
    • Bennett Jones announces that Hugh MacKinnon has been acclaimed to another five-year term, starting April 2018, as the firm's chairman and chief executive officer. He has served in those roles since 2005.
    • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Glenn Zakaib has joined its Toronto office as national co-chairman of the Class Actions Group. 
       
    • Jennifer Stam joins the Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP Restructuring & Insolvency Group as counsel in Toronto. She has been involved in significant Canadian, cross-border and transnational commercial, insolvency and restructuring matters.

    • Addison Cameron-Huff has joined blockchain company Decentral Inc., effective Sept. 15. A leading Canadian lawyer focused on blockchain and decentralized technologies, Cameron-Huff is also an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law.
    • Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP announces that Rusty McLay has joined the firm's London office as a senior partner effective Sept. 5. McLay will boost the firm's capacity to serve its southwestern Ontario clients, particularly those in the post-secondary education and technology sectors.
    • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Glenn Zakaib has joined the firm's Class Actions Group as national co-chairman in the Toronto office, where he will continue his class actions defence practice.

    • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP partner Anita Banicevic has been appointed chairwoman of the Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Section. Banicevic was elected to this position by her peers, and her one-year term began officially on Sept. 1, immediately following her term as first vice chairwoman. She will be responsible for guiding the executive committee of the Law Section and its activities in the upcoming year.
    • Koskie Minsky LLP announces that Anthony Guindon has rejoined the firm's pensions and benefits practice after serving four years in senior government and industry roles. From 2013 to 2015, he was at the Pension Policy Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Finance and then spent two years at a major actuarial consulting firm.
    • Miller Thomson LLP announces that Alexandra Ormond has joined as associate in the firm's Toronto office. Her practice area is in private client services.
    • Miller Thomson LLP announces that Sakina Fazel has joined as associate in the firm's Toronto office. Her practice area is in real estate.
    • Miller Thomson LLP announces that Kristy Balkwill has joined as partner in the firm's Toronto office. Her practice area is in corporate tax.
    • Miller Thomson LLP announces that Lou Natale has joined as partner in the firm's Toronto office. His practice area is in real estate.
    • Miller Thomson LLP announces that Dan Doliner has joined as associate in the firm's Toronto office. His practice area is in Corporate M & A.
    • Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner has launched a new firm, Rudner Law, in which he will both practise employment law and offer his services as a mediator to resolve disputes. His legal team includes employment lawyers Brittany Taylor and Nadia Zaman, law clerk Anique Dublin and legal assistants and office administrators Mary Kadric and Janis Buckley.

    • Oatley Vigmond and Boland Howe announce that effective Jan. 1, 2018, their personal injury law firms will be joining forces. Boland Howe’s current Aurora office will remain fully staffed and serve as Oatley Vigmond’s new York Region location. Oatley Vigmond serves clients all across the province with its main offices in Barrie and Aurora, as well as six consultation offices in Toronto, North York, Hamilton, Belleville, Sudbury and North Bay.

    • The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto has elected the following lawyers as members of the executive committee: president, Hafeez Amarshi; vice president, Jennifer Asnani; secretary, Devin Persaud; and treasurer, Aarondeep Bains. In addition, the following members were elected or re-elected as directors: Bindu Cudjoe; Divya Khurana; Kelvin Ramchand; Khalfan Khalfan; Neil Gurmukh; Sunira Chaudhri; Rahat Godil; Vibhu Sharma; Amandeep Dhillon; and Richa Sandill.

    • McCarthy Tétrault welcomes Shevaun McGrath to its Toronto office as an equity partner and co-head of the firm’s National Private Equity group. She will be assisting clients with their M&A and private equity opportunities in Canada, as well as cross-border. 

    • The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund welcomes Karen Segal as LEAF’s new staff lawyer. Prior to joining LEAF, Segal practised as counsel to the Ontario Nurses’ Association.
    • Torys LLP announces that partner John Laskin is no longer in private practice as he has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Appeal.
    • Miller Thomson LLP has anounced the following new hires in Ontario: Keegan Boyd, Belinda Rossi and Jason Rivait join as partners and Stephanie Romano joins as associate in the Toronto office; and Hind Noori joins as associate in the London office.
    • Samfiru Tumarkin LLP welcomes James K. Fireman to its Personal Injury and Disability Law practice groups in Toronto.
    • Margaret L. Waddell announces that she has started her own firm with partners John Kingman Phillips and A. Julia P. Tremain in Toronto. The new firm, Waddell Phillips PC, carries on class actions, commercial litigation and family law, including providing mediation services and collaborative family law.
    • Shibley Righton LLP has added four lawyers from Miller Thomson LLP, doubling the size of its condo law group with full-service backing in Toronto. The lawyers are: Audrey Loeb, Warren Kleiner, Patrick Greco and Megan Mackey.
    • Kirsten Kjellander has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP as a partner in the Toronto Tax Group.
    • Beth Wilson, former KPMG Greater Toronto Area managing partner, has been selected as Dentons’ Canada CEO.
    • Aird & Berlis announces that Tammy Evans has joined the firm as a partner in the Real Estate Group.
    • Following more than 10 years as a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Frank J.C. Newbould has joined Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP as counsel to the firm and the roster of Arbitration Place as a member arbitrator.
    • Fasken Martineau announces that Jay A. Lefton has joined its Toronto office as partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance groups.
    • 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.
  • Prince Edward Island
    • No current news.
  • Quebec
    • Dentons Canada LLP announces that Vitale Santoro has returned to the firm as a partner in the corporate group, based in the Montréal office. Santoro's practice focuses on domestic and international matters in critical areas of corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, governance, project finance, private equity, real estate and corporate reorganizations.
    • Fasken Martineau announced that Alain Garneau is joining the firm as legal counsel in the Québec City office. Garneau worked for close to 40 years as principal lawyer and vice president of legal affairs at the Coop Fédérée and will support the firm with clients working in the agri-food and co-operative sectors. 
    • Fasken Martineau announces that Anne-Marie Naud, a new partner of the Corporate/Commercial practice group, has joined the Québec City office.
    • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Jean Saint-Onge has joined its Montreal office as senior counsel with responsibilities for further enhancing the strategic direction and management of class actions defended in Quebec. 
    • Langlois lawyers announces that an agreement has been reached with law firm Fraticelli Provost to unify their respective practices. The majority of the members of Fraticelli Provost will move to the Montreal office of Langlois lawyers effective Sept. 1 and will continue their practice under the name Langlois lawyers, llp.
    • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Jean Saint-Onge has joined the firm's Class Actions Group as senior counsel in the Montréal office.
    • Environmental lawyer Marie-Claude Bellemare has joined Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP as a partner in the firm's Montréal office. She will advise Canadian and international clients on both provincial and federal environmental, natural resource, energy and public law.
    • After serving for many years at the helm of Kaufman Laramée, Richard Laramée has joined DS Lawyers Canada as partner and chairman of the board.
    • Fasken Martineau announces that Adam Saskin has joined as a partner in the firm's Montréal office.
    • Christopher Richter has joined Torys LLP as partner at the firm's Montréal office.
  • Saskatchewan
    • Miller Thomson LLP has announced that Amy Groothuis has joined the firm as an associate. Her practice area is in labour and employment.
    • MLT Aikins LLP welcomes associate lawyer Erin Eccleston to its Saskatoon office. Eccleston maintains a general corporate commercial practice with a focus on commercial real estate.
    • 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.
  • Internatinal
    • Cooley LLP is bolstering its international dispute resolution and public international law team with the addition of Christophe Bondy, who is based in London.
    • 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.

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