2017 Rising Stars Award Winners


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.

P.L. (Lonny) Tetley, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP

Lonny Tetley is a securities and M&A partner at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP. Tetley is an active member of the University of Calgary Dinos Hockey alumni, which raises funding for the hockey and educational programs of his alma mater. He is very active in the community, with some of his recent charitable fundraising efforts being focused on the Calgary Police Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the Special Olympics, Operation Christmas Child and multiple cancer charities. He also mentors U of C graduates, providing pro bono business and legal services to start-up businesses. His nominator wrote: “He has consistently demonstrated the ability to foster new relationships and generate new and continuous work through his legal knowledge, superior and timely service, business sense and strong and lasting business and personal relationships.”

John Uhren, BMO Capital Markets

John Uhren is Senior Counsel and Director of the Legal, Corporate and Compliance Group within BMO Capital Markets Legal. He provides legal and advisory support to Global Structured Products (GSP), including through structuring and documenting a variety of investment solutions to retail, institutional and private-wealth clients. He played a key role in creating and manufacturing BMO’s recently launched Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Low Volatility Index Linked Principal Protected Note (ESG Note). The ESG Note was BMO Capital Markets’ first ever ESG-themed product and the first principal-protected note linked to an ESG-themed index in Canadian history. Uhren and a colleague recently organized a power of attorney clinic in partnership with Pro Bono Ontario, which is providing powers of attorney for 19 patients from Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.