Features Region: Canada

Carole Karbonik – Edmonton Catholic Schools 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The general counsel of a school division plays a crucial role in providing legal guidance and support to the division’s trustees, administrators, teachers and staff. They advise on various issues related to education law, contracts, labor relations, student rights and legislation compliance. The general counsel also represents the school division in legal proceedings, drafts and […]

Shael Weinreb – The Home Equity Partners

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The Home Equity Partners Launches to Give Greater Toronto Area Homeowners a New Way to Access Their Home Equity  “House rich, cash poor.” It’s a situation unfortunately faced by many, and even more so in Canada than in the United States.   It can be very difficult today for people in Toronto to qualify for traditional […]

Marie-Élisabeth Baribeau – Pomerleau 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Marie-Élisabeth Baribeau is the cornerstone of integrity and compliance at Pomerleau, where she serves as the head of ethics and compliance. In this influential role, she navigates the intricate landscape of ethical standards and regulatory compliance to safeguard the company’s reputation and uphold its commitment to transparency and accountability.   Pomerleau is a leading construction company […]

Andrew Kay – WestJet 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As an in-house lawyer for WestJet, Canada’s second-largest airline, Associate General Counsel Andrew Kay can immerse himself in the industry’s legal challenges. From navigating regulatory compliance to negotiating contracts with suppliers, Kay understands his immense responsibility to protect the company’s legal interest.   With a diverse background encompassing multiple divisions within the organization, Kay has a […]

Gregory M.C. Orleski – Pharmascience Inc. 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

At the midpoint of his career as a business executive and lawyer immersed in life sciences, there didn’t seem much that Gregory Orleski hadn’t done.   Canadian-born and educated, he had spent around half his working life in his native land and the rest around the world, including in the United States. When he wasn’t applying […]

Olivier Chouc – CN 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Operating in the railway industry presents myriad challenges, from unpredictable weather to the need for resilient infrastructure. Olivier Chouc, the senior vice president and chief legal officer for Canadian National, understands these challenges all too well.  Chouc oversees a robust legal team in Canada and the U.S. that helps CN leverage opportunities and mitigate the […]

Jennifer Jackson – Vancouver Coastal Health 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Imagine a healthcare provider that sees patients of all ages then seeks outside opinions on diagnoses, treatment options and patient follow up.  That certainly isn’t how Vancouver Coastal Health works with 1.25 million provincial residents living in more than 35 communities and the city of Vancouver in British Columbia. However, VCH General Counsel Jennifer Jackson […]

Robert Tomkowicz – GroupHEALTH 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Robert Tomkowicz, the general counsel and chief privacy officer at GroupHEALTH, plays an important role in ensuring the efficiency and compliance of the organization as it navigates the intricacies of employee group benefits administration. With a strong legal background, Tomkowicz brings expertise to his multifaceted role.  Tomkowicz’s due diligence has significantly reduced privacy incidents, showcasing […]

Matthew Shuber – Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre

Est. reading time: 6 mins

For a professional baseball team like the Toronto Blue Jays, success requires more than star players performing to the best of their abilities. “Winning on the field may be the ultimate goal of any sports organization, requiring high-performing players and a driven and collaborative baseball operations department. However, a true culture of excellence is driven […]

Kamika McLean – WeShall Investments

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Originally from the East African republic of Cameroon, Gilles Tchianga had taken well to Ontario. It’s where he furthered his education at Centennial College and the University of Ottawa before settling in the Toronto area and becoming a teacher.   Only something seemed missing.  Though the city is home to ethnic grocers and restaurants, Tchianga couldn’t […]


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.
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.
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.
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.


Summer I 2024



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