2017 Rising Stars Award Winners


Una Radoja, Harper Grey LLP

Una Radoja is the co-chair of Harper Grey’s Environmental Regulation & Disputes Practice Group and a co-author of British Columbia Environmental Management Legislation and Commentary. Radoja has represented clients at all levels of court in BC and before the environmental regulator on files of significant complexity, including a landmark case before the Environmental Appeal Board. Most recently, she has acted in a $60-million fraud case with an international twist, a 20-day trial in a $10-million contract case, and is co-counsel on a complex, multi-million-dollar, multifaceted contaminated site redevelopment matter. Radoja has served on the executive of the Environmental Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) and is a frequent guest lecturer for the Pacific Business & Law Institute, British Columbia Environmental Industry Association, the Environmental Managers Association and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC on various aspects of environmental law in BC. Radoja has also presented to the Ministry of Environment, the environmental consulting industry and environmental insurers.

Colin Ritchie, Cenovus Energy Inc.

Colin Ritchie is the Senior Legal Counsel at Cenovus Energy Inc., where he specializes in corporate, securities, treasury, banking and derivatives regulatory compliance (Dodd-Frank Act, EMIR and Canadian law) matters. As the only lawyer specializing in these areas, Ritchie single-handedly led complex legal transactions in Canada, such as funding Cenovus’s $17.7-billion purchase of assets in Western Canada from ConocoPhillips. He is a member of the International Energy Credit Association (IECA) and is recognized for his expertise in derivatives regulatory compliance matters, particularly as they apply to energy companies that transact with counterparties in Europe, the United States and Canada. Ritchie was a panelist at the IECA conference in Calgary in 2014 and 2016, speaking on Implementing Multi-Jurisdictional Derivative Regulations and updating attendees on recent legal developments in this area. In addition, Ritchie was asked to speak to students at the University of Calgary Law School and share his advice about how to achieve professional and personal success as a lawyer.

Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel, Gowling WLG

Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel is a Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP partner specializing in IP law. She has a broad range of experience in all aspects of IP litigation, with a focus on contentious work in the areas of patents, trade-marks and copyright. She is dedicated to understanding her clients’ business interests and goals, developing an effective litigation strategy and advising them toward favourable outcomes in each case. In 2016, she served as co-counsel on a patent litigation team that successfully represented a patentee in a matter involving an intricate patented manufacturing procedure for polymer pipes. The case was noteworthy in Canadian patent law as it confirmed the possibility that a permanent injunction remains available in Canada, even where the patentee may not practise the patented invention in Canada. She was appointed Spring Conference Program Chair – Specialty (International) on the ABA’s Continuing Legal Education Board (for the ABA-IPL Section) for 2016-2017. She is also a member of the Professional Development Committee of the CBA’s Intellectual Property Section.

Frank Robinson, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Frank Robinson is a partner in the Business Law and Franchise Law Groups of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. He practises business law, with a focus on franchising, licensing, distribution and intellectual property. Robinson also provides counsel on M&A and general corporate, commercial and contractual matters. He has acted for well-known franchising companies in the market, including Dairy Queen, Wendy’s, Burger King, Tim Hortons, Little Caesars, Canadian Tire, Pandora Jewelry, Dwyer Group, Boston Pizza and others. He has a proven range of experience, acting as franchise counsel to Starwood Hotels; Holiday Inn; Hyatt; Marriott; a global oil & gas company in its Canadian expansion; Circle K; 7-Eleven; Toyota; Isuzu; and Suzuki. In 2016, Robinson co-chaired the Canadian Franchise Association’s Law Day. He is the co-editor of the International Journal of Franchising Law.

Bo Rothstein, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP

Bo Rothstein practises M&A, securities, banking and corporate commercial law. His experience includes acting as lead counsel on several acquisition and sale transactions, public and private company financings and strategic alliances. He has also assisted the firm’s senior counsel on some of British Columbia’s most significant hostile takeover bids and negotiated transactions. In addition to transactional work, Rothstein regularly negotiates and drafts commercial agreements, shareholder rights plans (poison pills) and continuous disclosure documents for public companies. He also advises in the areas of corporate governance and compliance with the Competition Act and Investment Canada Act. Rothstein is a member of the Board of Directors of Vancouver Talmud Torah school, where he also serves as the Corporate Secretary. He is a past member of the Senior Advisory Council of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, a hospice for terminally ill children in British Columbia.