Focus On


Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 8:00 PM  

■ Melinda Park has been named the incoming chair of Borden Ladner Gervais’ National Council in Calgary, effective July 1. Park, who will be BLG’s first woman chair, succeeds Bob Shouldice, who will continue his corporate commercial practice. National Council has also appointed David Whelan as the national group head, specialized business law, succeeding Marc Jolicoeur. Alan Ross has been elected as the Calgary regional managing partner, succeeding Whelan.

■ Kim Stanton, legal director of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), has been appointed to new federal advisory council. The group is tasked with supporting the government of Canada’s strategy against gender-based violence.

■ Deepa Mattoo will become the new legal director of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic on Aug. 15. Mattoo has more than 17 years of experience providing direct human rights related services as well as public education, social justice and advocacy.

■ The Law Foundation of Ontario has elected Linda Rothstein as its new chair, the first woman to hold the position. Rothstein is a partner with Paliare Roland and has served as a trustee with the foundation since 2014.

■ Marie-Andrée Vermette of WeirFoulds has been elected a director of the Advocates’ Society. Vermette specializes in complex litigation cases, including high-profile corporate/commercial disputes, class actions and public law cases.

■ Paul Schabas of Blakes has been elected as treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Shabas, a litigation partner in the firm’s Toronto office, is now the highest elected official of the law society, which regulates the more than 49,000 lawyers and 7,900 licensed paralegals in Ontario.