Devon Page formally took over the role of executive director of Ecojustice last April. He’s been with Canada's largest public-interest environmental law organization, previously known as Sierra Legal Defence Fund, since 2001.
Friday, 29 August 2008 08:35 Written by Kevin Marron
Commercial real estate lawyers may not always find themselves in the vanguard of societal change, but now they have an opportunity to help save the world. That’s one reason why there’s a buzz of excitement in the bar over green leases.
While Canadian companies are marketing green products and services to the point of ubiquity, Canada’s Competition Bureau, along with the Canadian Standards Association, is cracking down on so-called “green washing,” with a set guidelines that prohibit vague or misleading environmental claims on products and services.
Guy Joubert takes over as president of the Canadian Bar Association at its annual meeting in Quebec City this month. Joubert is the first francophone from outside Quebec to lead the CBA and takes over from Bernard Amyot of Montreal.
After many months of hard work, hearings, and recent setbacks, dozens of lawyers involved in the largest and most complex restructuring process in Canadian history are preparing for the conclusion of a nearly year-long saga, dealing with numerous issues and questions along the way that have tested the limits of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
Friday, 06 June 2008 07:41 Written by Gail J. Cohen
Dale Ponder is the managing partner of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, which has about 475 lawyers in five offices, including one in New York. She took on her management role just over three years ago, and while Ponder is one of the rare women in the top ranks of law firm management in Canada, she is not the first in her firm. She also continues her M&A practice while juggling management duties. Ponder talks to Canadian Lawyer about women in leadership and her role at Oslers.
When Juliet Knapton conducted an informal survey recently on parental-leave policies in small to mid-sized Ottawa law firms, the young associate was amazed to discover not only that most firms didn’t have a policy but also that most female associates didn’t know and were afraid to ask.
When Bill C-45 was passed by Parliament a few months before it came into law in March 2004, Canada’s then-minister of Justice Martin Cauchon called its Westray mine-inspired provisions on workplace safety and corporate liability a major step towards ensuring that employers would be held responsible for criminally negligent acts.