2017 Rising Stars Award Winners


David Forrest, Canada Goose

David Forrest is General Counsel, Senior Vice-President at Canada Goose Holdings Inc. He started the company’s in-house legal department, overseeing all legal issues for a diverse business that includes a vast manufacturing network, sophisticated marketing initiatives, a large IP portfolio and international sales presence in 37 countries and multiple channels. His most significant recent accomplishment is guiding the company through its IPO in March 2017. Forrest also led the way on notable firsts for Canada Goose, including initiating e-commerce, opening the company’s first retail stores in Toronto and New York and providing guidance on entering new global markets. He is a supporter of a number of charities, including those combatting poverty, funding participation in the Special Olympics and sending medical treatment overseas to underprivileged recipients.

Jarrett Freeman, Goodmans LLP

Jarrett Freeman is a partner in the tax group at Goodmans LLP. His practice encompasses all aspects of income taxation that arise in corporate and commercial transactions, with an emphasis on M&A, corporate finance and real estate transactions, both domestically and internationally. He is a key member of Goodmans’ REITs and income securities team. Freeman regularly advises REALpac (Canada’s most senior, influential and informative voice in the real property investment industry) on strategic tax-related matters. He has written tax articles on a variety of income tax matters, including the taxation of real estate investment trusts, income fund conversions and the SIFT rules. He has been the lead lawyer in the efforts of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Ontario Bar Association to respond to recent enactments to Ontario’s Land Transfer Tax Act.

Jonathan Freeman, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Jonathan Freeman is a partner in Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP’s Real Estate and Development Group. He represents traditional bank and non-bank lenders in complex real estate financing transactions, including those relating to term, acquisition, mezzanine and construction loan facilities, and he has extensive experience with commercial mortgage-backed securities and other types of securitized debt. He has financed all real estate asset classes, including many of Canada’s largest seniors’ housing projects, hotels, office buildings, shopping centres and multi-family residential apartment complexes. He has taken an active interest in veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, specifically with their transition from military to civilian life. He is currently working with members of the Canadian Armed Forces, politicians and leaders in the business community to develop initiatives to assist troops with the transition from military to civilian careers.