Features Region: Canada

Lauren Leinburd – Guru Studio

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When kids watch their favorite cartoons, Lauren Leinburd wants them to see themselves on screen. As general counsel and senior vice president of business affairs for Guru Studio, she provides structure and guidance to the company’s legal, business and creative departments. Leinburd works closely with creators, broadcasters and writers to get intellectual property on screen […]

Miranda Melfi – Birks Group Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Looking through display cases to select the perfect piece of fine jewelry is an exciting moment for most people. But there’s work happening behind the scenes they don’t see. It has a lot of legal implications, too, from design to manufacturing, especially when it involves crossing international borders. At Birks Group Inc., Miranda Melfi ensures […]

Joyce Carestia – Metro Supply Chain Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Joyce Carestia doesn’t see herself slowing down. Even after a decade at Metro Supply Chain, she feels as invigorated as she was at the beginning. Maybe even more so. “I’m excited about what we’re doing, and I have the energy to do more,” says the company’s vice president of legal affairs. “With the supply chain […]

Jennifer Bol – 9 Story Media Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Sometimes, life comes full circle or at least creates a neat little bow-curve. That’s what happened to Jennifer Bol who, in 2012, became 9 Story Media Group director of legal and business affairs. She left the job after three years, returning in 2020 to become the company’s senior vice president of legal and business. “Even […]

Michael Mandarello – Venus Concept Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The past few years, innovation and adaptation became necessities. In a pinch, multi-million-dollar deals were carried out from kitchen tables and meals from Michelin-starred restaurants were enjoyed on splintery, wooden deck chairs in backyards. It’s not “business as usual” but rather “the show must go on.” “We at Venus Concept weren’t quite so lucky,” Michael […]

Keith G. Hunt – LifeLabs

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Discouraging as the here and now might be on the health front, better days await. So assures Keith G. Hunt, who since late 2020 has been deputy counsel and legal director at Canada’s largest commercial genetics laboratory and provider of specialty lab testing services. When contacted in January by Vanguard at his home in Collingwood, […]

Nicolas Vanasse – mdf commerce

Est. reading time: 4 mins

E-commerce and e-procurement technology used to be a convenience, but they quickly became a necessity when the COVID-19 pandemic restricted in-person contact. Consumers avoided walking into stores, even for necessities like groceries. Others had difficulty selecting a supplier for their business or starting an infrastructure project for a city. “We provided the digital bridge between […]

Leila Burden Nixon – Verve Senior Living

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By September 2020, Verve Senior Living had undergone a transformation. It went from being a management company for senior living centers to one that could purchase a piece of property and develop a new residence for seniors. Now, VSL owns and operates 32 senior-care communities across four Canadian provinces. Buoyed by that growth, the company […]

Don Eng – Save-on-Foods / Pattison Food Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Don Eng daydreamed at his supermarket job while in high school and college, it wasn’t about managing legal affairs in the grocery industry someday. He planned to become a mechanic and was thinking about carburetors, transmissions, brakes and used car parts. Then one day after work, Eng came home to find a letter saying […]

Paul A. Kunynetz – The Valens Company

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It was a calculated risk The Valens Company undertook this past summer, the Canadian manufacturer of cannabis products acquiring Florida-based Green Roads. As Paul A. Kunynetz explains, the acquisition positions the organization well. The Sunshine State’s population of around 22 million is more than half of Canada’s 38 million. The U.S. population being around 330 […]

Testimonials

As promised in advance, my feature in Vanguard has increased my visibility within the profession and prompted more than a few people I have not communicated with recently to reconnect. One of the Italian law firms I have used in the past is now in the process of interviewing me for an article on their website and tweeting out the feature story. Activity and the number of people connecting with me on LinkedIn has soared, which is great. The Vanguard writers and editorial staff were great to work with—highly professional and made the effort to make the experience both fun and rewarding (they were also respectful of the time pressures and demands all lawyers face). I was very pleased with the experience and the final outcome. Needless to say, I have been very pleased. All in all working with Vanguard has been a very positive experience which generated good publicity for both Shawcor and myself. My sincere thanks.
– Tim Hutzul, General Counsel, ShawCor Ltd.
The piece highlighting my company, Bob Baker Enterprises, Inc., came out fabulous. Our company is in the new and used car sales and service industry. Everyone was great to work with and extremely professional. They produced a high-quality product and have provided expert assistance and guidance post-production of the article.
– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
I was honored to be the subject of an article. I enjoy reading Vanguard articles and seeing how other attorneys got to their positions and see their jobs. It's also interesting to see how different law firms partner with the subjects of the articles.
– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.
It was a great honor to be featured in Vanguard Law. Working with every member of the team, from the initial interview with Erin Clark, through production with Victor Martins, writing the article with Taryn Plumb and creating the final content with Dave Gushee, was a true pleasure. Everyone was very professional, enthusiastic and supportive, and their creative approach and positive attitude clearly came through in the final product.
– Kevin C. Rakowski, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Compliance with Radian Group Inc.

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