Features Region: Canada

Rob McCulloch – WestJet

Nobody likes flight disruptions, but they’re inevitable. And the people who may hate disruptions the most are those in charge of the airlines, explains Rob McCulloch, a member of the Calgary-based WestJet legal staff since 2013 and, since last year, director of legal in support of nine business units at Canada’s second-largest carrier. One delay […]

Shael Weinreb—Freed Developments

From Toronto’s industrial neighborhoods to the “Hamptons of the North” in Ontario’s Muskoka Bay, Freed Developments is reimagining development with an all-encompassing approach to design, construction, sales and management that renews cityscapes and revels in the wild of the Great White North. The impact of Freed Developments is best showcased in the Toronto skyline.  As […]

Francesco Tallarico – Flowr

When Francesco Tallarico decided to wind down his role at Concordia International Corp., the idea was to take a year off before making any life-changing decisions. Travel with his wife. Dive into Toronto’s blossoming restaurant scene. But as the adage goes, even the best-laid plans can go awry. In Tallarico’s case, however, the disrupting force was […]

John Park – Bereavement Authority of Ontario

Funeral planning can occur very quickly, often by people who are still mourning. While there are options for pre-planning—buying a cemetery plot in advance, specifying funeral and memorial service arrangements (and setting aside money to pay for them), a lot can be left to chance or to funeral directors, cemeteries and crematoriums. In Ontario, attorney […]

Robyn Scott – Fleet Complete

She has to chuckle when reminded of the many old country songs about truckers playing loose with documentation of driving hours and cargo weight. In trucker’s parlance they were called swindle sheets, abuse of which endangered other motorists while making a mess of the roads. But such dubious recordkeeping may become a thing of the […]

Roch Vaillancourt – HEXO Corp

For Roch Vaillancourt, the whole thing felt surreal, even a little insane: trading a beautiful corner suite overlooking Lake Ontario’s boundless blue-gray waters, for a shared office half the size smack in the middle of a dusty construction site. Then again, the alternative had too much potential to pass up. Here, on a nondescript farm […]

Alice Davidson – Mogo

The Department of No. If you’ve ever worked for a corporate legal division, or so much as shared the same building, chances are you’ve heard the adage—that backhanded nod to the legal function’s joyless, fundamentally defensive posture. Truth be told, no is a word Alice Davidson is more than happy to use. So long as […]

Deborah Greenberg — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

It was a high-stakes program that Deborah Greenberg’s employer was embarking upon last year, just prior to bringing her aboard as chief legal officer and corporate secretary of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC). With the backing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada’s self-sustained national housing agency was committing to a 10-year, $40 billion […]

Catherine Ross – The ALDO Group

Catherine Ross had most bases covered in 1995 when preparing to interview at the Montreal law firm of Phillips & Vineberg for her post-graduate, pre-bar training, having just earned her degree from the University of Ottawa. For as Ross explains, she and her mother had gone shopping and bought a spiffy navy suit that called […]

Tim Hutzul – Shawcor

“Like all first generation lawyers, my idea of what it meant to be a lawyer was shaped by popular culture,” Tim Hutzul says. But the reality—although more nuanced and interesting—would make bad TV, he adds with a laugh. Hutzul marvels at where the law has taken him and the opportunities it has presented. “My friends […]

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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
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– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.
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– Kevin C. Rakowski, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Compliance with Radian Group 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.
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