2017 Rising Stars Award Winners


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.

Shara N. Roy, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

Shara Roy’s practice encompasses complex commercial, securities and administrative litigation. Her areas of expertise include securities regulatory actions, shareholder disputes, oppression remedy claims, restructuring and insolvency, trade and cross-border litigation, commercial arbitration and class actions. She regularly appears before all levels of court in Ontario, along with a wide range of administrative tribunals. Roy also acts as counsel in regulatory investigations by and proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission. She has an active alternative dispute resolution practice, including privately arbitrated matters. In 2017, Roy co-chaired an event raising $21,000 to support the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, and she is Deputy Chair of Malachy’s Soiree, a benefit for the neo-natal intensive care unit at St. Michael’s Hospital, with the goal of raising $1.5 million by 2020. She is a mentor to students and young lawyers, sits on an advisory panel for the Ontario Securities Commission and is an active member of the United Way.

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.