Big names join big firms

Former Ontario Finance minister Dwight Duncan is set to join McMillan LLP as a senior strategic adviser, the law firm announced Wednesday.

Come March, Duncan will help McMillan’s clients invest locally and internationally. He will be working out of the Toronto office.

The law firm is “privileged” to bag Duncan and his experience, said CEO Andrew Kent in a press release.

Kent said Duncan will add “additional strength, breadth and depth” to existing client service teams on both a national and international stage.

Duncan, who is former deputy premier for the Ontario government, has worked in public service for the last 25 years. He held posts as government house leader, minister of Revenue, minister of Energy, and chairman of Cabinet.

Duncan said his experiences are “clearly aligned with McMillian’s.”

“It is a growing, ambitious firm with an entrepreneurial culture I admire and with expertise that attracts and assists businesses locally and abroad,” he said. “I share its interest and commitment to energy, property and casualty insurance, infrastructure and pensions.”

McMillan isn’t the only firm welcoming a well-known public figure this week.

Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Dennis O’Connor is joining Border Ladner Gervais LLP as counsel to the firm. O’Connor, who served on the bench for 14 years, was associate chief justice of Ontario from 2010 to 2012. He is perhaps best known in his role as head of the Walkerton and Arar inquiries.

Before joining the bench, Dennis was a litigator with the then-Borden and Elliot in Toronto.

“Dennis has an illustrious career and reputation and it is an honour to have him return to BLG,” said Sean Weir, BLG’s national managing partner. “He brings extraordinary experience to a team that is already exceptionally strong, which will serve BLG’s clients well.”

Dennis also boasts legal experience in the Yukon Territory.

“I’ve been fortunate in my career to have had experiences that can benefit BLG professionals and their clients as they deal with important legal and business issues,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to rejoining the firm and building on what is already an excellent practice.”

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