Features Region: Canada

Ryan Plachcinski – Blue Ice Pictures

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Like many teenagers, Ryan Plachcinski found that certain television shows, songs and films spoke to him. He devoured Friends and Boy Meets World alongside The O.C., One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He loved movies like The Shawshank Redemption, Scarface, Catch Me If You Can and Forrest Gump. He quickly understood […]

Rosario Cartagena – Institute for Clinical Evaluative Services

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s a time of transformation and strategic planning for ICES as it celebrates its 30th anniversary, says Rosario Cartagena, the Toronto organization’s chief privacy and legal officer and corporate secretary. ICES is Ontario’s largest health services research, analytics and data institute. It has 572 scientists and staff across seven sites working on more than 1,250 […]

Adam Gutkin – Open Text Corporation

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Adam Gutkin enjoys a challenge, but after leading a dozen-plus acquisitions totaling more than $5 billion over the last six years, it takes a lot to faze him. So when his employer, OpenText, a global information management provider headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, decided to acquire Micro Focus, a company that delivers enterprise software for digital […]

Chris Heisler – Stantec

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Whether helping cities implement hydropower infrastructure, designing mixed-use urban spaces or advising companies on their climate risks, Stantec keeps sustainability at the forefront. The Canada-based global design and engineering firm works with clients on water, energy, transportation, architecture, environmental and community development projects from concept to completion. Stantec’s designers, engineers, architects and scientists are driven […]

Jennifer Lee – Corus Entertainment

Est. reading time: 4 mins

“What’s on tonight?” has become a very complicated question. It even involves what’s on which device—a laptop, a phone or a high-def TV screen complemented by a sound system than can rattle the plates in the China cabinet. It’s also a question that shapes Jennifer Lee’s role as executive vice president and general counsel for […]

Jason Cedrone, Angela Iannetta and Danielle Gorst – Jones DesLauriers, Navacord

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Whether it’s a privately owned business needing to restructure an outdated insurance program or a multimillion-dollar publicly traded company trying to comply with state and federal laws for a huge new project, finding the right insurance solution can be daunting. Understanding the spectrum of risk transfer products on a granular level—and knowing how to tailor […]

Chika Onwuekwe – Trican

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When large trucks sit idling at a well site, they not only guzzle diesel and money but dump pollutants into the air. Yet, due to regulations and the dangers at sites, the trucks couldn’t be turned off. This was an issue for companies like Trican Well Service Ltd. that wanted to slash emissions. As far […]

Arran Lal – Fluor Canada Limited, an affiliate of Fluor Corporation

Est. reading time: 5 mins

On special occasions where presents are given, lawyers probably ask for and receive tools of the trade—suits, dress shirts, fancy shoes and ties. Arran Lal has different items on his wish list. “I have a muddy vehicle, hard hat, and usually filthy safety boots,” says Lal. “I work in a trailer at construction sites.” Lal […]

Mathilde Cantin – Rudsak

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Comparisons with Reese Witherspoon from “Legally Blonde” have been many since Mathilde Cantin earned her law degree from the University of Montreal in 2004. Cantin does bear some resemblance to the actress playing Elle Woods and, like the character, is a fashionista with pink her signature color.  But unlike Woods, who dropped her fashion career […]

Daniel Westreich – Stock Transportation Ltd.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Sunrise is a faint promise when the students gather at the school bus stop. They’re bundled against winds that have gusted straight down from the Arctic or they’re huddled in heated vehicles with parents, shaking away yawns as they wait. For Stock Transportation Ltd., those scenes have occurred daily throughout Canada for almost 65 years. […]


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.
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.


Spring III 2023



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