2016 Rising Stars Award Winners

Marc-André Blanchard is an esteemed lawyer from Québec who in April became Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In this role, Ambassador Blanchard works to advance Canada’s interests, promote international development, security and human rights, and to keep our government informed on multilateral issues. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Blanchard had been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of the country’s most prominent law firms. He also has a long history of political involvement, as the former president of the Québec Liberal Party and, more recently, as a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s transition team. Ambassador Blanchard holds several degrees including a Master's in Public Administration and a Master’s in International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He is a Lexpert Rising Stars alumnus, and in 2013 was named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer.



Susan Tomaine, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Susan Tomaine works in the cross-border M&A and private-equity fields, across industries including mining, technology, biotech, retail and manufacturing. She has taken a lead role on highly complex transactions, including representing Kaminak Gold in its acquisition by Goldcorp for $520 million; Indochino Apparel in a $42-million investment by Dayang Group; GCT Global Container Terminals in its $1.02-billion refinancing; Lundin Gold in its US$240-million acquisition of the Fruta del Norte Project from Kinross Gold; QuadraFNX Mining in its $3.5-billion sale to KGHM Polska Miedz; T & T Supermarket in its $225-million acquisition by Loblaw Cos.; and Lucara Diamond in the $72-million acquisition of the Karowe Mine in Botswana. Susan is a leader of the Vancouver-based Women’s General Counsel Forum providing providing, mentoring and development opportunities to in-house lawyers.