Features Region: Canada

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 […]

Maria Reit – VOSKER

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Where legal intricacies meet the fast-paced business world, Maria Reit perfectly embodies strategic leadership. As the senior vice president of legal affairs and corporate secretary at VOSKER, her journey is woven with resilience, strategic acumen and a genuine passion for connecting legal complexities with the heartbeat of the business. Reit believes in creating a robust […]

Nav Bhandal – BASF Canada Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The pendulum swings both ways, and Nav Bhandal senses it’s moving from social justice. He’s been hearing much about DEI fatigue, but that just strengthens his resolve to solidify diversity, equity and inclusion as BASF bedrocks, albeit with adjustments. “What we want to do is not take our foot off the pedal but push DEI […]

Arlene Alvares – Siemens Healthineers

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Arlene Alvares has sought balance in a legal career that’s extended more than 25 years and includes experience in private practice and in-house. In fact, she says she shifted to an in-house role because she was raising two children and needed time with them that a private practice couldn’t accommodate. As general counsel for Siemens […]

Essien Udokang – McKesson Canada

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s nothing like being immersed early in the inner workings of a company to make a new legal leader feel welcome. Essien Udokang says that’s how he felt upon joining pharmaceutical giant McKesson Canada in November 2018. He may have even been slightly surprised at how early he was afforded a seat at the proverbial […]

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 […]

Sameer Gulamani – Bayview Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s uncommon for a builder to surrender part of a choice parcel to a municipality, but that’s what Bayview Group did when developing a lot on the outskirts of the Canadian capital of Ottawa, Ontario. “Not because of arm-twisting,” says Sameer Gulamani, the firm’s gregarious managing director and general counsel. “We did it to serve […]

Nancy El Sayegh – CellCarta

Est. reading time: 4 mins

On occasion, Nancy El Sayegh has needed someone at Montreal-based CellCarta to explain how biomarkers work. The molecules can show the presence of a disease or medical condition.   “I’m surrounded by people who are 10 times smarter than me,” she says about serving as the global contract research organization’s vice president of legal affairs, general […]


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.
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.


Winter II 2024



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