2017 Rising Stars Award Winners


Ramneek Padda, TELUS Communications, Inc.

Ramneek Padda is Senior Counsel, Litigation at Telus Communications, Inc. Among his complex cases: He was instructing counsel for Telus in a highly complex patent litigation action relating to Telus’s Optik TV™ IPTV system. He led external counsel’s response and was instrumental in developing complex legal arguments and complex factual and expert evidence. He is also instructing counsel for Telus in a multifaceted commercial litigation and insolvency matter involving an internet services provider. Padda has been active with the United Way of the Lower Mainland, working both within and outside of Telus. He has been a key member of Telus Legal Services’ United Way Workplace Campaign Committee which was nominated for a United Way Spirit Award (2017).

François Paradis, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

François Paradis is a partner in the Business Law Department at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He has been lead partner on several public offerings and private placements, M&A, reorganizations and dealer/adviser registrations. Paradis is on the AMF’s Securities Law Advisory Committee, providing input on policy initiatives; at the annual Tremblant securities conference (where Québec’s securities lawyers discuss current issues); on the Québec Bourse (Québec issuers organization). He is a mentor under the GO-CA program of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, encouraging young professionals to sit on boards of art organizations. He also advises NGO clients on a pro bono basis (e.g., Bell Museum of Natural History, Opération Père Noël and the India School Fund); and participated in a Sahara Desert trek raising $18,000 for the Fondation Marie-Vincent (helping Québec children who are victims of sexual abuse).