2017 Rising Stars Award Winners

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Gareth Gibbins, OMERS

Gareth Gibbins is Vice President, Pension Legal for OMERS. Among his contributions at OMERS, he is the legal lead of its Additional Voluntary Contributions program (in which there are more than $650 million in contributions). This requires him to draw on his intimate knowledge of the applicable legislation and existing AVC framework along with his ability to synthesize complicated regulatory and plan design considerations into an end product that is easy for plan members to understand. Having recently completed his term as Chair of the OBA Pensions and Benefits Law Section, Gibbins worked closely with his executive to refine the OBA’s pension education programs and introduced new initiatives to enhance the OBA’s public affairs outreach. In 2017, Gibbins was appointed to the FSCO Legal Advisory Committee, where he provides advice to the Deputy Superintendent of Pensions. He also actively participates in the CCCA Mentoring Program.

Jordan Glick, WeirFoulds LLP

Jordan Glick focuses his litigation practice on public law with an emphasis on self-regulating professionals and industries, securities litigation, access to information, and select criminal matters. His notable cases include In Touch Retirement Living for Vegetarians/Vegans v. Registrar of the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority, [2013] O.L.A.T.D. No. 280, in which he successfully acted as lead counsel to the Registrar in the first hearing under the Retirement Homes Act; and Ontario Securities Commission v. MineralFields Management Inc. [2014], in which he was lead counsel to a principal of MineralFields, among Canada’s largest distributors of flow-through limited partnerships. He is a Young Professionals Board Member of Chai Lifeline Canada, which is dedicated to supporting families and individuals facing critical and terminal illnesses; and a Co-Creator of Ko-Ach Adventures Camp for autistic children and at-risk youth.

Javier Gonzalez, Royal Bank of Canada

Javier Gonzalez is Senior Counsel at Royal Bank of Canada. As a member of the Canadian Regulatory Team, he is a strategic advisor on matters of corporate, securities and financial institutions regulatory law. He has successfully obtained requisite regulatory approvals, overcoming obstacles and resolving issues to achieve key business objectives for the organization while mitigating legal risk. In 2015, Gonzalez was part of the in-house deal team that completed the largest transaction in RBC’s history (US$5.4 billion), the acquisition of City National Bank of Los Angeles. He has been a participant in a diversity mentorship program and has helped to organize diversity events, including an annual Diversity Festival and a Speed Mentoring event. He has also participated in the RBC Race for the Kids Toronto, which benefited the Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Jean-Philippe Groleau, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Jean-Philippe Groleau defends clients against class actions and white-collar prosecutions as well as in launching judicial reviews. He has successfully defended clients on diverse issues, including alleged breaches of consumer-protection legislation. Groleau is a co-founder and member of the board of directors of Health and Education Now, an organization involved in community development in Benin and Cameroon. He is also a member of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP’s Montréal Student Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He acted pro bono as lead counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in two groundbreaking SCC cases concerning freedom of religion in an educational context (Loyola High School v. Québec (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 12, and S.L. v. Commission scolaire des Chênes, 2012 SCC 7). In Loyola, Chief Justice McLachlin and two colleagues adopted Groleau’s submissions on whether organizations, as opposed to natural persons, are protected by freedom of religion. Loyola is the leading case in Canada on the communal aspects of freedom of religion.