2017 Rising Stars Award Winners


Chris Scherman, Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Chris Scherman is Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Pembina Pipeline Corporation. Since joining Pembina in 2012, he has been in various legal and business development roles, most recently responsible for business development and commercial operations for Pembina’s gas gathering and processing business. In this role, Chris managed a team of managers, representatives and analysts that have negotiated and executed agreements to underpin significant growth in this business line, including on the construction of the $85-million Musreau 3 gas plant and the construction of the $70-million Resthaven gas plant expansion. He served on the board of Petroleum Joint Venture Association (PJVA) and chaired the PJVA Strategic Advisory group from 2015 to July 2017. He has volunteered with Pembina’s United Way committee, the Calgary Stampede and the True Patriot Love Calgary tribute dinner.

Deandra L. Schubert, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Deandra Schubert is a lawyer in McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Business Law Group in Toronto. Her practice focuses on public and private M&A, corporate finance (equity and debt), corporate governance and shareholder activism and general corporate matters. Schubert has had several key roles in a range of market-leading transactions. She recently led the Jamieson Wellness Inc. IPO (which raised approximately $345 million). And she quarterbacked the Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation IPO. At one point, she was seconded to Fairfax Financial Holdings where she led, from an in-house legal perspective, the $1-billion IPO of Fairfax India on the TSX. Schubert is the first chair of the organizing committee for the Toronto Board of Trade Young Professionals Network, which grew in its first year to a network of 700 professionals and now, in its second year, is at over 1,200 young professionals.

Daniel Shapira, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

Daniel Shapira handles a wide variety of commercial real estate projects, from beginning to end, in all areas of commercial real estate, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, property development, commercial leasing and financings. Representing both private and public-sector interests, Shapira’s clients include some of the nation’s largest developers, owners and managers, contractors, consortiums, international family offices, leading financial institutions, investment dealers and intermediaries, governments, government agencies and Crown corporations. At Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Shapira has been a Governor and a member of Leadership Sinai and the Venture Sinai Program since 2004. He has been a committee member for the real estate industry’s Hold’em For Life Charity Challenge since 2013.

Aaron E. Sonshine, Bennett Jones LLP

Aaron practices corporate and securities law with particular emphasis on corporate finance, M&A, private equity and corporate governance matters. He was one of the founding members of Bennett Jones' cannabis practice in early 2014, and he has done a significant amount of work in the mining, power and utilities, tech and biotech sectors, among others. Aaron is active with the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and other charitable organizations in his personal time, and he does a great deal of mentoring at Bennett Jones, recently joining the firm's associate review committee.