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• Dentons Canada LLP announces their new partner Craig Hill to its real estate group in the Calgary office.

• Carman McNary has been appointed managing partner at Dentons in Edmonton.

• Judge Robert A. Philp has been appointed as the Chief of the Commission and Tribunals of the Human Rights Commission, effective July 1.


• James D. Kondopulos has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers' best lawyers in Canada in the practice area of employment and labour law. Kondopulos is a partner at Roper Greyell LLP.

• Alex A. Shorten has become president of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. Shorten was previously a sole practitioner specializing in business law, mergers and acquisitions, competition law, forestry, and construction law.

• Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP announces their new partner David Redford to its mining group in Vancouver.

• ​Clark Wilson LLP announces the following new partners: Shauna Towriss, Anna Sekunova and Rosemary John. Towriss joins the commercial real estate, corporate & commercial, private company transactions and energy & natural resources groups. Sekunova joins the business litigation and infrastructure, construction & procurement groups. John joins the commercial lending group.


• Attorney General Andrew Swan announces the appointment of Catherine Hembroff as a new judge to the provincial court.

• Sacha Paul from Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP has recently received his call to the Nunavut Bar.


• After more than 22 years with the Moncton office of Stewart McKelvey, and after having worked approximately one year in the role as part-time in-house counsel for a local real estate development firm, John Eric Pöllabauer has announced he resumed the practice of law with the Moncton law firm of Bingham Law Droit.

• Stewart McKelvey is pleased to announce that the following articling clerks are joining the firm subsequent to being called to the bar: Renée Fontaine (Moncton), Sarah Almon (Saint John), Julia Parent (Saint John), Lara MacDougall (Fredericton), and Sheila LanctÙt (Fredericton).

• Five associates are joining the partnership of Cox & Palmer: Trisha Gallant-LeBlanc, Stephen J. Hill, Paul J. White, Isabelle C. Moreau, Michael A. Gillis.


• Cox & Palmer announced Darren O’Keefe and William Cahill have been made partners of the St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador office effective Jan. 1.


• Lawson Lundell LLP announces the following new associate: In Yellowknife, Glen Rutland (litigation), who was with the Department of Justice of the NWT.

• Karan M. Shaner has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories (Yellowknife), replacing Justice D.M. Cooper, who resigned as of March 3, 2011. Shaner joined the province's ministry of justice in 1996 and was most recently its assistant deputy minister.

• Associate Malinda A. Kellett has joined Lawson Lundell's corporate and commercial group.

• Gerald Stang and the Peterson Stang corporate department will be joining the Field Law offices in Yellowknife in August.


• William Lahey has been appointed chair of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. Lahey was formerly vice chair for the NSHRF, and is an associate professor at Schulich School of Law.

• Daniel MacRury has been appointed a judge of the provincial and family court in Nova Scotia (Halifax). MacRury was previously the chief Crown attorney with the Public Prosecution Service in Cape Breton.

• The Public Prosecution Service has appointed Scott Hughes as Crown attorney in Yarmouth and Brian Cox as Crown attorney in Halifax.


• Colleen Stockley has been appointed deputy minister of health and Elizabeth A. L. Sanderson has been appointed deputy minister of justice in Nunavut. Stockley was previously the assistant deputy minister (acting) of the professional services branch of the Department of Health and Community Services in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sanderson was previously the assistant deputy attorney general, aboriginal affairs portfolio with Canada's Department of Justice.

• Former Ontario Securities Commission chair Edward Waitzer, director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business at York University as well as a former chair at Stikeman Elliot, will be replacing Philip Olsson as chair of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.


• The Canada Council for the Arts announces the appointment of Danika Billie Littlechild as vice president of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU). Littlechild was previously consulting legal counsel for the International Indian Treaty Council.

• Frank Zaid is conducting a mediation, arbitration, and ombudsman practice with ADR Chambers in Toronto. Zaid is chair of the franchise specialty ADR group at ADR Chambers. Zaid, previously retired from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto.

• Rueter Scargall Bennett welcomes Jason Beitchman, previously of Cassels Brock.

• Justice Jill Miriam Copeland, Justice Karen Lynn Lische, Justice Kevin G. McHugh, Justice Paul Francis Monahan, and Justice Peter Andras Schreck have been appointed judges to the Ontario Court of Justice. The appointments are effective Aug. 27, 2014.

• Borden Ladner Gervais welcomes new partner Paul-Michael Rebus to its banking and financial services group.

• Frank Vivacqua has been appointed vice president and associate general counsel, wealth management, technology & operations at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Vivacqua was previously assistant general counsel and group head of CIBC’s Canadian wholesale banking and business banking legal team.


• Cox & Palmer's Summerside office welcomes David Hammond, QC, to the firm as counsel. Hammond has practiced law in Summerside for 38 years as a sole practitioner, with a focus on real estate, corporate commercial, financial services, banking & insolvency, estates & trusts, criminal, and litigation. The Summerside office also welcomes associate lawyer Daniel Kutcher, who practiced law with the firm in St. John’s before recently moving with his family to Summerside. Kutcher has a general practice that emphasizes the importance of open and positive relationship building with clients.

• Stephen Carpenter has been named the newest partner at Stewart McKelvey's Charlottetown office. The employment lawyer counts among his clients a range of employers across various industries, as well as organizations in the insurance, education and health sectors.

• Tracey L. Clements, Sherry E. Gillis, and Kim M. McNeill have each been designated Queen's Counsel.


• Danielle Ferron has been named one of Quebec’s eight key female financial players. Ferron is a partner of Langlois Kronström Desjardins, head of its ligitation group and member of its board of directors.

• Lavery is pleased to announce the optimization of its service offering in franchise and distribution law with the arrival of Jean-Philippe Turgeon and Stéphanie Destrempes, respectively partner and associate in this growing field of legal practice.


• Carolyn T. Cyfra recently signed the rolls in Regina and began her career as an associate with Robertson Stromberg LLP. Cyfra earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan. Cyfra earned her Juris Doctorate of Law from U of S.


• Securities lawyer Scott D. Fisher has joined the New York office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP’s as a partner. He was previously a Counsel at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and an Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Last updated: August 26, 2014


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