2017 Rising Stars Award Winners


John A.D Vellone, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

John Vellone practises corporate/commercial and regulatory law with a focus on energy law and matters relating to the Ontario electricity sector. He specializes in the corporate/commercial and regulatory components of electricity markets and infrastructure revitalization. He advises the senior management teams of more than 25 local distribution utilities across Ontario on such matters, including representing them in hearings before the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). He also advises clients on negotiations and disputes with Ontario’s major transmitter. Vellone is a member of the Board of ZooShare Biogas Co-operative Inc., which is developing a 500kW biogas electricity generation facility at the Toronto Zoo. He is a board member of the Alpine Club of Canada (Toronto Section) and a volunteer for the Ontario Access Coalition. He also finds time to mentor BLG students and associates.

Yola S. Ventresca, Lerners LLP

Yola Ventresca has a broad litigation practice at Lerners LLP in London, Ontario, focused on three areas. She acts on medical defence cases, where she assists regulated health professionals in resolving a variety of issues with their regulators and in defending against civil actions. She acts in complex areas here, including sexual abuse, compromised infant cases and privacy breaches. She is one of two partners at Lerners appointed to a small group to advise on medical assistance in dying. She also acts on administrative/labour law matters and on plaintiff class actions. She is the Chair of the St. Joseph’s Hospice Handbags for Hospice Committee. She leads Lerners’ Shoebox Project for Shelters effort and is a board member of the McCormick Care Group, which is dedicated to dementia care. She is also a member of the Children’s Health Foundation Magical Winter Ball Committee.