Features Region: Canada

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 […]

Gareth Carline – Heli-One

When he was in private practice, Gareth Carline regularly wondered why so many corporate clients waited so long to seek professional advice. “I was often thinking, ‘if you had talked to me earlier, we could have avoided this problem,’” he tells Vanguard in March. The past seven years, Carline hasn’t had to be so reactive, […]

Steven Tam – Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

A patient with a sepsis infection lies in a hospital bed in British Columbia. Needing more information to determine the best course of action, the doctor reaches out to peers in the U.S., who offer to share their observations—and offer some potential treatment options. But they can’t have a look at the patient’s medical records […]

Shaun Wrubell – BluEarth Renewables

In some ways, representing oil companies is about as far from representing renewable power producers as it gets. In others, it’s practically right across the street. Shaun Wrubell worked for a Canadian oil sands company during a period of explosive growth in the industry. He was also around when oil prices dropped dramatically, and the […]

Helen Bougas – Selection Group

Development of the iconic brick buildings of Montreal’s historic Molson Brewing Company are about to put Selection Group on the real estate map in a big way. In June, the privately-owned Quebec-based company, specializing in the development, construction and management of real estate projects, acquired all 1.2 million square feet of the historic downtown landmark—a […]

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– 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.
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– Kevin C. Rakowski, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Compliance with Radian Group Inc.
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