Features Region: Canada

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 insurance company Valeyo 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 visit the company’s offices across […]

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, […]

Graham Robson – Wellington-Altus Private Wealth

It wasn’t as though Graham Robson locked himself in his office with no intention of ever leaving. But during those heady days in 2017, just as Wellington-Altus Private Wealth was launching in Winnipeg, the prospect of building its legal department in tandem with the company’s assets under administration, made for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and challenge. […]

Kamika McLean ‒ KSS HoldCo

In business, to pivot means to shift seamlessly from one strategy or approach to another: like when Starbucks went from selling espresso machines and coffee beans to brewing its own coffee or when Twitter moved from a podcast subscription platform to the social media giant it is today—you get the idea. To be sure, Kamika […]

Ruthie Wahl – Ninepoint Partners

Ruthie Wahl has never been one to follow the herd. Which seemed to be the way of things for so many Canadian asset management firms early last year. That’s when Canadian financial regulators cleared the way for retail investors to delve into liquid alternative funds that encompass asset classes ranging from hedge to real estate, […]

M.A. Joaquim Ballès – Trudell Medical Limited

His long-time role as general counsel might have seemed consuming enough. But, as part of a Trudell Medical Limited executive team whose members are expected to handle multiple responsibilities, Joaquim Ballès’ position was expanded a couple of years ago to include a stronger hand in business development. It’s something this leader has relished at this […]

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