2016 Rising Stars Award Winners

Marc-André Blanchard is an esteemed lawyer from Québec who in April became Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In this role, Ambassador Blanchard works to advance Canada’s interests, promote international development, security and human rights, and to keep our government informed on multilateral issues. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Blanchard had been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of the country’s most prominent law firms. He also has a long history of political involvement, as the former president of the Québec Liberal Party and, more recently, as a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s transition team. Ambassador Blanchard holds several degrees including a Master's in Public Administration and a Master’s in International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He is a Lexpert Rising Stars alumnus, and in 2013 was named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer.



Brenda Gosselin, Goodmans LLP

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Brenda Gosselin is a corporate and securities lawyer, focusing on corporate finance, restructuring, M&A and corporate governance. She advises companies on corporate governance and continuous disclosure obligations and has acted for RioCan REIT in its $250-million debenture offering, $230-million equity offering and issuance of $126 million in preferred trust units, a first for a Canadian REIT; for Milestone Apartments REIT in its $228.5-million IPO; for backstop financiers in a US$50-million liquidity backstop facility for Mood Media via non-brokered private placement; for Sherritt International on its extension of the maturity dates on $720 million worth of outstanding notes; and for Masonite International in the financial restructuring of US$2.2 billion of debt and its emergence from CCAA protection. Brenda is a former chair of the United Way committee who earned the firm its first Spirit Award nomination.

Jennifer L. Grossklaus, Davies Ward Philips & Vineberg LLP

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Jennifer Grossklaus is a partner in the M&A, corporate/ commercial, capital markets and mining practices. She has become a key player in complex M&A transactions, including Barrick Gold’s US$1-billion sale of a 50-per-cent interest in the Zaldívar copper mine, an auction process requiring her to assess several transaction structures; Barrick’s US$610-million sale to Kinross of non-core assets in Nevada, including the negotiation of a new 50/50 joint venture; New Gold’s sale of a 30-per-cent interest in the El Morro project to Goldcorp, complicated by a larger transaction in which Goldcorp and Teck Resources combined their El Morro and Relincho properties into a 50/50 joint venture; McKesson’s $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and related businesses; and Wind Mobile’s acquisition by Shaw for $1.6 billion. Jennifer is Board Chair of e.p.i.c. School, a non-profit specializing in early education.