Please send your submissions for Moves and Shakes to


• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes Patrick Roche to the partnership in Calgary, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

• Norton Rose Fulbright LLP announces the following new partners in Calgary: Michael C. Bolitho, James O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Williams.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes Sierra Heisler, who has joined the firm's Edmonton office as an associate in the Corporate Group.

• Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP announces that Josef Hocher and Kenton Rein have joined the firm in its Calgary office as partners.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Matthew Epp is joining the Commercial Litigation Group in its Calgary office.

• Dentons announces that Christopher Zelyas has joined the firm as a partner in its Litigation and Dispute Resolution group based in Edmonton.

• The federal government announced the appointment of the following judges: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Michelle Crighton has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton. Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Jo’Anne Strekaf has been appointed to serve on the Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton. She will also serve as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Kevin Feehan, a partner with Dentons Canada LLP, has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton. James Eamon, a partner with Gowling Canada, has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary. Jolaine Antonio, an appellate counsel with Alberta Justice, has been appointed a judge of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary. Prosecutor George Fraser has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton. Bonnie Bokenfohr, the interim executive director of the Edmonton Police Commission, has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton.


• Roper Greyell LLP has appointed Linda Lucas as chief executive officer in Vancouver. She is a chartered professional accountant with 20 years of experience in all aspects of finance and operations.

• Lawson Lundell LLP announces that Jeffrey Read and Chat Ortved have joined the firm’s Vancouver office as partners in the Corporate Finance and Securities Group.

• David Wotherspoon has joined MLT Aikins LLP as a partner, based out of the firm’s Vancouver office.

• DuMoulin Black LLP welcomes Iva Erceg to the firm, saying Erceg's experience in securities, M&A, private placement, public offerings and corporate reorganizations makes her a natural fit with the firm’s practice and clients.

• Stikeman Elliott Vancouver lawyers Ross MacDonald and Noordin Nanji have been appointed Queen's counsel in B.C.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes new associate Jared Enns to its Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations Group in Vancouver.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes Michelle Isaak to the partnership in Vancouver, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

• Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and Vancouver-based Bull Housser announced their combination in September 2016. As of Jan. 3, the Vancouver firm takes the Norton Rose Fulbright name. Charles Hurdon continues as Canadian managing partner for Norton Rose Fulbright and Janet Grove remains managing partner of the Vancouver office.


MLT Aikins LLP's Guy Joubert has retired effective Dec. 30, 2016. Joubert began his articles in 1988 and joined Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP in 1994. On Jan. 20, he received the 2017 MBA Distinguished Service Award, an honour awarded to a member of the bench or bar who exemplifies the ideals of service to the legal profession and the community.

• The partners of Fillmore Riley LLP congratulate Lindsay R. Martens and Delaney T. Vun on their admission to partnership effective Jan. 1, 2017. Martens practises primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial law, tax law, real estate, pension law and wills and estates. Vun practises mainly in the areas of corporate and commercial law, real estate and condominium law. She is currently vice president of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute.

• MLT Aikins LLP welcomes new partner Grant Stefanson to the firm’s Winnipeg office. A former managing partner of D’Arcy & Deacon LLP, he practises in the areas of civil litigation, corporate and commercial law, regulatory offences, labour and employment and aboriginal law.


• John Williamson, dean of the faculty of law at the University of New Brunswick, welcomes legal scholars Jane Thomson and Michael Marin to UNB.

• Cox & Palmer Law announces that John D. Townsend of its Fredericton office is the recipient of the Franklin O. Leger, QC, Award, the highest honour granted by the New Brunswick Law Society. The award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to the law society, contributions to the governance of the legal profession and excellence in the practice of law.


• Alex Hickman has died. As chief justice of the Newfoundland Supreme Court trial division, Hickman was appointed chairman of the inquiry into the conviction of Donald Marshall, Jr., which recommended sweeping changes in the way minorities are treated in the justice system. Hickman, who was born in Newfoundland, earned his law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax in 1947. He practised law in Newfoundland until he was elected to that province’s House of Assembly in 1966. During his political career, he was minister of justice and attorney general and held several other portfolios during his time in politics. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland in 1979 and served as a director of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice from 1980 to 1984. He received honorary degrees from Dalhousie and Newfoundland’s Memorial University and was named to the Order of Canada in 2003. A courthouse in Grand Bank bears his name. Hickman was 90.


• Field Law announces that Alain Chiasson has joined the Business Law Group in the Yellowknife office. He was at McLennan Ross LLP in Yellowknife prior to joining Field.


• James Bishop has been appointed associate general counsel of DHX Media.

• The federal government announced the appointment of the following judges: Provincial court judge Timothy Gabriel was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax; Pamela MacKeigan, a senior solicitor with the Department of Justice on Nova Scotia, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia’s family division in Halifax; and Ann Smith, a partner with Burchells LLP, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax.


• No current news.


• Erika Chamberlain has been named the new dean of Western University’s Faculty of Law, beginning May 1, 2017. She has been associate dean (academic) at Western Law for the past five years.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Thomas Albert Cromwell has joined the firm as counsel. He joins BLG following his retirement from the Supreme Court of Canada, where he served as a justice from December 2008 to September 2016.

• Miller Thomson LLP welcomes Lawrence Wilder and Tom Koutoulakis as partners to its Toronto Business Practice Group. Wilder and Koutoulakis join Miller Thomson from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

• Dentons Canada LLP announces that Rebecca Kacaba and Mat Goldstein have joined its Toronto office, while Eric Foster has returned to the firm’s Corporate group in Toronto.

• Andersen Global announces the addition of TaxChambers LLP, a tax boutique in Toronto, as a collaborating firm of Andersen Global. The TaxChambers LLP team is led by partners Sunita Doobay and Vitaly Timokhov.

• Ogletree Deakins International LLP welcomes Stephen Shore as a partner in the firm’s Toronto office. Shore will lead the firm's traditional labour relations practice group in Canada.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Derek J. Bell has joined the firm as a litigation partner in the Toronto office.

• Baker McKenzie has elected the following new partners in Toronto: Brian Cacic, International Commercial Practice; Maxine Ethier, Banking, Finance and Major Projects Practice; Alex Farcas, Corporate & Securities Practice; Nancy Hamzo, Corporate & Securities Practice; Michael Nowina, Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice; Andrew Shaw, Compensation and Employment Law Practice; and Mark Tonkovich, Tax Practice.

• John Campion announces that he will be a partner at Gardiner Roberts in Toronto as of Dec. 30.

• Cassels Brock announces the continued expansion of its client service offering in franchise law with the addition of Stéphane Teasdale as a partner in the firm's Toronto office, where he will continue to offer clients his expertise on the Quebec franchise market.

• Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP welcomes associate Christine Kellowan to its Construction Law Practice Group. Kellowan’s practice includes civil litigation with an emphasis on construction and commercial matters.

• Canadian in-house counsel boutique Simplex Legal LLP is expanding into the Ontario market, led by Ashley McInnis, who recently joined Simplex. Co-founders Martine Boucher and Geoff Best say Simplex plans to hire 10 additional lawyers in Ontario and will also be opening an office in British Columbia in June. Simplex also has offices in Montreal, Quebec and Calgary.

• Paul M. Mann PC announces the addition of Sean Hayward as an associate.

• Lerners LLP announces that Jamieson Halfnight and Anne Juntunen have brought their commercial insurance practice to the firm's Toronto office.

• Reisler Franklin LLP has acquired Donaldson Donaldson Greenaway LLP of Windsor, Ont. Elizabeth Essex, Michael Stocks and Jonathan Wiesenthal will remain in the Windsor office and add their service strength to Reisler Franklin's staff in Toronto and London.

• Dickinson Wright LLP announces the election of two new partner attorneys, Ted Citrome and Ted Kalnins, to the firm’s Toronto office, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

• Norton Rose Fulbright LLP announces the following new partners: Amy Grenon, Maya Medeiros and Michael Torrance in Toronto and Jamie Macdonald and Peter MacTavish in Ottawa.

• Harry Freedman has joined employment and labour lawyersSherrard Kuzz LLP, effective Jan. 3.

• John Campion announces that he will be a partner at Gardiner Roberts in Toronto as of Dec. 30.

• Kevin Coon, managing partner of Baker & McKenzie's Toronto office, has been elected to a three-year term as chairman of the firm's global policy committee, a governing body of leaders encompassing 77 offices in 47 countries across practice and industry groups. The committee is responsible for working with Baker & McKenzie's executive committee on policy matters and the strategic direction of the firm.

• Dentons announces that Michael Ledgett, partner in its Toronto office who has practised law in Ontario for more than 40 years, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

• Blake Cassels and Graydon LLP’s Global Legal Innovation Challenge will ask legal technology developers across the world to develop a solution that keeps businesses updated on relevant legislative and regulatory changes. Blakes will partner with LegalX, the legal technology cluster at MaRS, to deliver the Challenge.


• No current news.


• Don Alberga has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP as a partner in Montreal. His practice areas are Labour and Employment law and Occupational Health and Safety. Alberga was previously with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.

• Langlois lawyers LLP announces that Pierre-Luc Desgagné, former vice president, corporate affairs and secretary general of Hydro-Québec, will be joining its business law team effective Feb. 6.• Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP announce that Philippe Johnson, a member of the firm’s management committee, will be appointed as managing partner of the firm’s Montréal office effective June 1, 2017.


• Robertson Stromberg LLP announces that Caolan Lemke has recently signed the roll and become a new associate.• Robertson Stromberg LLP welcomes new partner Scott D. Waters and new associate Siobhan H. Morgan to the firm.


• Dentons has expanded its presence in Saudi Arabia with the launch of its second office. The new office in Jeddah will complement the firm's long-standing full-service office in Riyadh in association with the law firm of Wael A. Alissa.

• Dentons has formalized its combination with offices of the nearly century-old Australian law firm Gadens. The firm now serves 84 markets in Pacific Rim countries, with clients in Australia and around the world benefiting from the local experience of 7,600 Dentons lawyers serving 57 countries on six continents.

• McMillan LLP announces that Michelle Fung has joined the Hong Kong office.

• Dentons has appointed Neal Livingston as global chief financial officer. He joins the firm from Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he has served as managing director and general manager of global trade and transaction services since 2013. Livingston is based in the London office, where he will oversee all aspects of the firm’s global strategic and operational finance functions.

Last updated: March 6, 2017


Latest Videos

More Canadian Lawyer TV...

Digital Editions