2016 Rising Stars Award Winners


Derek D. Ricci, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

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Derek Ricci is a litigation partner whose recent work includes acting for Vale in connection with the multibillion- dollar Voisey’s Bay Project dispute; Sears Canada in settling a $100-million commercial dispute; Ontario Lottery and Gaming in successfully defending a claim concerning the legality of roulette gaming; Domino’s Pizza in multiple commercial disputes; Barrick Gold in successfully defending substantial royalty-related claims by Newmont Mining; and MI Developments in successfully defending a precedent-setting oppression remedy application. He acted for the plaintiff in the firm’s first class action and for defendants such as CIBC, GMP Securities, Nevsun Resources and Barrick Gold in major securities class actions. Derek has been a member of the firm’s Professional Development and Student Committees and is a mentor to business students at the University of Ottawa.

Kate Ryder, Cenovus Energy Inc.

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As a seventh-year lawyer, Kate Ryder’s accomplishments and responsibilities are truly remarkable. In 2015, she led negotiation and successful settlement of a $40-million construction dispute. She currently manages and works directly with external counsel on all of Cenovus’s most significant litigation matters. In the past year, she has been responsible for aggregating and standardizing Cenovus’s litigation-management practice. She also acts as counsel or lead counsel on matters related to an industry-leading general partnership between Cenovus and ConocoPhillips, for which Cenovus acts as managing partner and operator. She has demonstrated the ability to extend beyond the role of legal counsel and contribute to corporate strategy. Kate is a board director for the Indefinite Arts Society, which promotes opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. She also volunteers with Student Legal Assistance at the University of Calgary.