2015 Rising Stars Award Winners


Jessica Bullock, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

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Jessica Bullock advises on pension, executive compensation, benefits and employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other business combinations. She advised Burger King Worldwide and 3G Capital on the acquisition of Tim Hortons and Sleep Country Canada on its initial public offering. She worked with Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, Ceres Global AG Corp., Fortis Inc. and Barrick Gold Corporation on their respective executive employment arrangements, compensation programs and compensation governance. She also advised the government of Canada on all pension, labour and employment matters around the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Jessica provides pro bono legal services to Own the Podium and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and she is an active mentor for Young Women in Law.

Keri Bush, BMO Financial Group

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Keri Bush is a highly valued and successful member of BMO’s legal and compliance group. She has been rapidly promoted to increasingly complex roles — from Legal Counsel to Senior Legal Counsel and Vice President, managing dozens of complex securities and employment cases, class actions and regulatory enforcement matters. She then became Enterprise Privacy Director and is now Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director for BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. She is currently responsible for leading a team of more than 40 compliance professionals in the retail arm of BMO Nesbitt Burns, with approximately 1,200 investment advisors across 50 branches in Canada and more than $140 billion in assets under administration. Keri is a member of BMO’s diversity council within the legal and compliance group and a pro bono lawyer for the Ontario Education Law Project.

Rebecca Bush, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Rebecca Bush is a partner in BLG’s litigation department, focusing on public-authority and complex tort litigation for large institutional clients. She has specialized expertise defending workplace-based psychological injury and mental distress damage claims and frequently advises on matters drawing public and media scrutiny. She is currently defending a multi-million-dollar, cross-border product liability claim for a large US insurer. Rebecca was co-counsel in Amaral v. Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, in which an employee alleged extreme psychological abuse. Rebecca identified a plausible explanation for the plaintiff’s condition unrelated to the workplace, averting a multi-million-dollar liability. The court’s dismissal was upheld on appeal and Amaral is frequently cited in employment claims alleging mental distress. Rebecca was actively involved in the Give A Day Campaign supporting AIDS relief in sub-Saharan Africa from 2006 to 2012.

Scott Campbell, Stewart McKelvey

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Scott Campell is qualified with the Ontario and Nova Scotia Bars and involved in several proceedings under the Nova Scotia Class Proceedings Act. He has argued important civil cases at the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, including Burton Canada Co. v. Coady, the leading authority on summary judgment; Cyr v. Anderson, the textbook case on the right to a civil jury trial; and Portage LaPrairie v. Sabean, after which future CPP disability payments are deductable by an SEF 44 motor vehicle insurer. In 2012, he was part of a successful legal team at the Supreme Court of Canada in Annapolis County District School Board v. Marshall and has been involved in numerous leave applications and intervener motions at the Supreme Court. Scott is a Director of the ALS Society of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Karen Carteri, McMillan LLP

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Karen Carteri has been an equity partner since age 34 and is a key partner in litigation. Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial disputes for resource clients, major property and development disputes and financial services clients. She is a go-to litigator for several major clients. Her successes, including numerous settlements, often go unreported but clients extol her intelligence, work ethic, communication and litigation skills, judgment and strategic vision. On a recent successful litigation for a Fortune 500 client, a colleague from another firm commended her for her sharp analytical skills and her coordination of a legal team from four separate firms. She regularly participates in RFPs, mentors colleagues on business development opportunities and has played an important role in the firm’s 2011 merger.