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Former federal deputy minister joins Bennett Jones as senior counsel

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM | By John Chunn


Bennett Jones announced that Lori Sterling has joined the firm as senior counsel in the Ottawa office. Her 30 years of leadership in federal and provincial government helps businesses adapt to critical legal and policy issues.

As Canada’s former deputy minister of Labour and associate deputy minister of Employment and Skills Development, Sterling brings unique expertise in the management of workplace issues, including harassment and labour relations.

A former deputy minister of Indigenous Affairs in Ontario, Sterling helped create the province’s first Ministry for Indigenous peoples. She advised domestic and foreign companies, in mining and other sectors, on how to consult and negotiate with Indigenous peoples. She is also a former associate deputy minister of Justice, and appeared as litigation counsel at all levels of court, including 15 cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Sterling understands how to run large national organizations through her years as a leader in the public service. She held a leadership position in a department with 26,000 employees and a budget of over $60 billion.

She has taught constitutional law and advocacy at law schools and received the United Nations Public Service Award for Building Aboriginal Relations in 2013.

In 2017, she earned her ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Business. Her board service (past and present) includes the Public Service Management Insurance Plan, the Supreme Court of Canada Advocacy Institute and the Ryerson University Aboriginal Governance Institute.