Features Region: Canada

Michael Kelly – OMERS

It may have been tough to contribute to an employer-mandated retirement plan during those working years as a firefighter or police officer, but Ontario retirees who’ve put in these hours and dollars can look forward to a monthly pension check throughout their retirement years. Being able to drive a new car, travel, take the family […]

Tonya Fleming – Painted Pony Energy

It’s not often the case that when you do your job well, you’re forced to find a new one, but that’s exactly the position that Tonya Fleming found herself in. Fleming, the vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Painted Pony Energy in Calgary, Alberta, says after a promising start and a period of […]

Evan Howard – CAAT Pension Plan

Sitting at his desk in Toronto, Evan Howard can honestly say success breeds success. When Howard began working at CAAT Pension Plan in 2012 as its first in-house lawyer, he remembers it being poised for growth, with 60 employees and 30 participating employers. Assets under management were just under $6 billion. Fast-forward eight years and […]

Benoit Mallette – Pomerleau

It began, as so many success stories do, in a schoolhouse. The primary school in the town of Saint-Bernard, Quebec, was a one-story affair that was quickly becoming too small to serve the community. The contract to expand with a new two-floor wing went to Pomerleau, a fledgling construction company founded in 1964 in nearby […]

Lori Dobbie – HyLife

From its beginnings as a hog production operation on the plains of Manitoba, HyLife has become a vertically integrated global company serving North America and Asia with exports to more than 20 countries. And though HyLife General Counsel Lori Dobbie has not been with the company since it was founded in La Broquerie in 1994 […]

Gregory Orleski – Pharmascience

Within the pharmaceutical industry, one might say that Gregory Orleski has seen it all in a career spanning more than 20 years. But his fascination for business keeps him coming back for more. That was certainly the case with Montreal-based Pharmascience Inc. Initially joining as a business development advisor, a role he held from 2011-2015, […]

Catherine Ouellet-Dupuis – GSoft

The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated industries and businesses around the world, but at GSoft in Montreal, business is booming. Not surprising, when the entire company is focused on enabling smarter workplaces, and directly helps employees who work from home stay connected to the office. When the coronavirus crisis forced GSoft to move to a remote […]

Lindsey LeClair – Valeyo

February was the last time things felt normal for Lindsey LeClair. She had just started as general counsel for Valeyo, a business solutions provider for financial institutions, and was meeting coworkers while planning to establish the organization’s first in-house compliance, legal and risk department. Lindsey is based in British Columbia, and her plan was to […]

Jonathan Dunlop – Vidyard

Being a realtor during a pandemic can make for a tough sell with prospective homebuyers housebound, unemployed or afraid of getting sick. After all, it’s not exactly the best time to hop in a car and go to an open house and mingle with people you don’t know. But for Vidyard’s General Counsel Jonathan Dunlop, […]

Dr. Chika B. Onwuekwe, QC – Trican Well Service Ltd.

As a self-made attorney with a standard of living many only dreamed about—a house, a car, a rewarding career—Nigerian-born Chika Onwuekwe had all of the makings of a successful life in his home country. Why on earth would he want to leave it all, his wife Chinwe would ask. Wasn’t this good enough? The answer, […]

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