Features Associate General Counsels

Matthew J. Weber – Arctic Wolf Networks

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For years, Arctic Wolf Networks’ growth was supported by a lean in-house legal team. But as the startup cybersecurity specialist grew past a certain point, it realized the need to enlarge its legal staff for a specific process: mergers and acquisitions. One candidate stood out. Matthew J. Weber had been aiding Arctic Wolf as an […]

Jennifer “Jen” Ryan – U.S. Venture, Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

From the day in 1951 when brothers Art and Ray Schmidt bought a fuel oil route in Kimberly, Wisconsin, and founded Schmidt Brothers Oil Co., what’s now U.S. Venture has been supplying energy products to customers throughout the U.S. Working for U.S. Venture—a distributor of renewable and traditional energy products, lubricants, tires and more—has energized […]

Liliya Donovan – Del Monte Foods

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As associate general counsel for Del Monte Foods, Liliya Donovan knows she’s helping manage legal affairs for a very visible portfolio of food and beverage products. In fact, she estimates those products can be found in more than half of the cupboards and pantries in the U.S. But what’s made her work at the company […]

Julien Polk – American Tire Distributors Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As Hurricane Katrina roared its way toward New Orleans in late August 2005, Julien Polk’s mother had a hunch. This would not be like the year before when the city was threatened by Hurricane Ivan until the storm veered east to the Florida Panhandle. As Ivan approached, the Polk family left to ride out the […]

Rob McCulloch – WestJet

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There isn’t any airline passenger who enjoys flight delays or disruptions. And airlines don’t make money with aircraft on the ground. Safety has always been the top priority for Canada’s regulatory framework governing aviation and air travel. Unfortunately, in the recently proposed amendments to Canada’s Air Passenger Protection Regulations, or APPR,  passenger convenience and entitlements […]

Tyler Ivie – Cenovus Energy

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Tyler Ivie moved from the pharmaceutical and agrichemical sectors to the energy industry about a decade ago, he moved between two starkly different worlds from a legal perspective. Now senior manager and associate general counsel at Cenovus Energy, an Alberta-based oil and gas company, Ivie specializes in intellectual property, and on that front, pharmaceuticals […]

Alysia Long – Cox Media Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In this hyper-charged and fragmented world of media, Alysia Long has an up-close view of local broadcast stations standing out from the crowd in ways that she says most positively impact everyday lives. She considers the importance of local journalism and broadcasting as increasingly overlooked and aims to amplify Cox Media Group’s voice amongst the […]

Ben Strauss – Berkshire Bank

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Customer expectations have changed for many industries. To meet the needs of today’s customers, Berkshire Bank strives to make banking available when, where and how customers want it. It calls this approach DigiTouchSM, aiming to link the human connection with technology to simplify the banking experience and deliver tailored solutions to its customers. It’s an […]

Matt Kalinowski – Computershare Corporate Trust

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In the world of financial services, corporate trust entities frequently sit among a variety of players, such as securities issuers, investors, sponsors and loan servicers. Yet, when trouble arises—think investments not paying out as anticipated—the impacted companies often single out the corporate trustee as the target of choice. That’s when Matt Kalinowski steps in. As […]

Sarah Brooks – CRH Americas

Est. reading time: 3 mins

Just like a building needs a solid foundation to weather the years, every company of a certain size needs a legal department to underlie its operations. This is especially true if the company is large and growing, says Sarah Brooks, associate general counsel at CRH Americas. “At CRH, we never stood still, even when much […]


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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
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