2015 Rising Stars Award Winners


Simon Baines, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Simon Baines practises commercial law for complex resource projects, negotiating concession agreements, fiscal and local benefits arrangements and hydrocarbon transportation. He has acted on energy matters of national profile and strategic importance, including acting as lead counsel to all producers offshore of Newfoundland on forming the Basin Wide Transportation and Transshipment System; co-lead counsel to PetroChina on a proposed LNG project; and co-lead counsel to PetroChina on acquiring a 20 per cent interest in Shell’s Groundbirch shale gas project. Simon’s pro bono work includes acting as counsel to the Maria Montessori Education Centre. He is the responsible partner for Can Praxis, which provides post-traumatic stress therapy to veterans, and serves on the organizing committee for the Jasper Research Seminar for CELF, a non-profit supporting understanding of energy law.

Brian Bidyk, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

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Brian Bidyk’s practice focuses on corporate/commercial law, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in the energy industry. He advises clients on day-to-day legal and operational issues and has acted as lead counsel in many complex, high-profile matters for Paramount Resources, together with Acclaim and Enerplus, in the $1.1-billion acquisition of all of Chevron Canada’s conventional oil and gas assets; TriStar and Crescent Point in their $725-million joint acquisition of Talisman Energy’s Saskatchewan assets; Abu Dhabi National Energy Company’s acquisitions of Northrock for $2 billion, Pioneer for $750 million and PrimeWest for $4.6 billion; and for the Capital Power Corporation joint venture with ENMAX Corporation in a deal to construct, own and operate the $1.4-billion Shepard Energy Centre. Brian has been instrumental in establishing the firm’s energy and natural resource practice group.

Karey Brooks, JFK Law Corporation

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Karey Brooks is an emerging leader of Canada’s litigation and Aboriginal law Bar, and has acted on many landmark Aboriginal cases. She acted as co-counsel in the trial and appeal of Grassy Narrows. She then acted independently for an intervener at the Supreme Court of Canada, dealing with the federal government’s role in implementing treaties. She has written and spoken extensively about First Nations’ rights to clean water and advanced a claim to achieve treaty rights to education. Karey also acted as Associate Commission Counsel for the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry 2010‒2012, a 93-day hearing into the worst mass murder in Canadian history. She did countless hours of pro bono work in the TWU proceedings and currently serves on the WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre board.

Jessica Bullock, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

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Jessica Bullock advises on pension, executive compensation, benefits and employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other business combinations. She advised Burger King Worldwide and 3G Capital on the acquisition of Tim Hortons and Sleep Country Canada on its initial public offering. She worked with Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, Ceres Global AG Corp., Fortis Inc. and Barrick Gold Corporation on their respective executive employment arrangements, compensation programs and compensation governance. She also advised the government of Canada on all pension, labour and employment matters around the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Jessica provides pro bono legal services to Own the Podium and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and she is an active mentor for Young Women in Law.

Keri Bush, BMO Financial Group

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Keri Bush is a highly valued and successful member of BMO’s legal and compliance group. She has been rapidly promoted to increasingly complex roles — from Legal Counsel to Senior Legal Counsel and Vice President, managing dozens of complex securities and employment cases, class actions and regulatory enforcement matters. She then became Enterprise Privacy Director and is now Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director for BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. She is currently responsible for leading a team of more than 40 compliance professionals in the retail arm of BMO Nesbitt Burns, with approximately 1,200 investment advisors across 50 branches in Canada and more than $140 billion in assets under administration. Keri is a member of BMO’s diversity council within the legal and compliance group and a pro bono lawyer for the Ontario Education Law Project.