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.



Steeves Bujold, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

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Steeves Bujold practises medical law, pharmaceutical and commercial litigation, representing the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). He acts on more than 100 cases per year, the great majority of which are sensitive and complex, requiring tact, empathy and timely action and involving allegations of insufficient diligence, breach of professional standards and negligence. He takes a holistic view to ensure that practical legal and risk-management advice are balanced with business and reputational priorities. In Canada’s first class action involving prescription-drug product liability, he was responsible for expert scientific evidence, assembling a team of highly qualified experts in record time after the client transferred the case from another firm. Steeves is a governor of La Fondation du Barreau du Québec, leads the firm’s pro bono work and played a central role in scaling up pro bono work in Québec.

Gabriel Castiglio, Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP

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Gabriel Castiglio is recognized for the size and complexity of the securities and M&A transactions he negotiates, structures and closes. These include a leading role in advising Fiera Capital on the acquisition of Ohio-based Apex Capital Management for US$145 million; the creation of a joint venture with Toronto-based Aquila Infrastructure Management to form a $500-million infrastructure management platform; a secondary offering by National Bank of shares of Fiera for $114 million; and the acquisition of Bel Air Investment Advisors and Wilkinson O’Grady & Co. for US$156 million. He advised BMTC Group in various transactions during 2015, including capital reorganization to eliminate a dual-class share structure and the repurchase of 15.5 per cent of share capital for $108 million. Gabriel has provided pro bono advice to charitable organizations such as Théâtre La Chapelle and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation.

Level Chan, Stewart McKelvey

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Level Chan is a leader in the pensions and employee benefits team who has grown the scope and profile of the practice. His work includes advising on pension and benefits matters in the $5.8-billion purchase of Safeway by Sobeys; assisting the Province of New Brunswick in Charter challenges to the implementation of the Public Service Shared Risk Plan; advising on pension administration and investment matters for the provincial public sector and utility pension plans in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland; advising on pension plan amendments and collective bargaining at universities in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island; and advising pension plans on amendment and conversion to sharedrisk or target-benefit plans in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Level has had leadership roles in promoting diversity and inclusion in the profession and the firm.

Kate A. Crawford, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Kate Crawford is a litigator in medical malpractice actions, class actions and administrative law. She represented the Hospital for Sick Children in the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario at several months of hearings. She regularly represents medical leaders in proceedings relating to physicians’ privileges under the Public Hospitals Act, where she forges solutions — both collaborative and litigated — to issues of patient care and safety, physicians’ livelihoods and reputations, and professional licensing. She represented Toronto East General Hospital at the JKE Inquest, a lengthy probe into police and health-care interactions with the mentally ill. She also represented SickKids in the Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review and acts as the hospital’s lead counsel in the proposed class action arising from the Motherisk review.

Gillian Dingle, Torys LLP

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Gillian Dingle practises civil litigation in corporate and securities law. She advises capital markets participants on regulatory matters and internal investigations and provides representation in civil and regulatory proceedings and regulatory investigations. She focuses on disclosure, securities class actions, and defending investment dealers and brokers in tradingrelated matters. She also represents corporations in contested-transaction matters. Recent actions include representing two underwriters in a proposed securities class action alleging misrepresentation by a mining company and certain officers and directors; representing a Canadian Schedule I bank in a securities class action alleging disclosure violations related to the US subprime mortgage market; and representing Manulife Financial in a securities class action and a secondary-market class action concerning the disclosure of risk-management and equity-market risk of Manulife’s variable annuity products. Gillian co-founded the Litigation Assistance Program at the OSC.