2016 Rising Stars Award Winners


Jennifer L. Grossklaus, Davies Ward Philips & Vineberg LLP

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Jennifer Grossklaus is a partner in the M&A, corporate/ commercial, capital markets and mining practices. She has become a key player in complex M&A transactions, including Barrick Gold’s US$1-billion sale of a 50-per-cent interest in the Zaldívar copper mine, an auction process requiring her to assess several transaction structures; Barrick’s US$610-million sale to Kinross of non-core assets in Nevada, including the negotiation of a new 50/50 joint venture; New Gold’s sale of a 30-per-cent interest in the El Morro project to Goldcorp, complicated by a larger transaction in which Goldcorp and Teck Resources combined their El Morro and Relincho properties into a 50/50 joint venture; McKesson’s $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and related businesses; and Wind Mobile’s acquisition by Shaw for $1.6 billion. Jennifer is Board Chair of e.p.i.c. School, a non-profit specializing in early education.

Amanda Heale, Osler, Horskin & Harcourt LLP

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Colleagues recognize Amanda Heale for cutting-edge taxation work, tireless dedication to developing students and associates, and her commitment to the profession. In 2004/05, she clerked with the Honourable Morris Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada. Today she advises on international tax issues, transfer pricing, domestic and cross-border M&A and tax litigation. Her work includes representing Silver Wheaton in its pending transferpricing appeal in the Tax Court of Canada; Hydro One in its $1.66-billion IPO; GlaxoSmithKline in its successful appeal to the SCC regarding the transfer price of the active ingredient in a branded pharmaceutical; Valeant Pharmaceuticals in its $8.7-billion acquisition of Bausch + Lomb; Walter Energy in its $3.3-billion acquisition of Western Coal; and Kinross Gold in its $7-billion acquisition of Red Back Mining.

Paul Hesse, Pitblado LLP

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Paul Hesse established the firm’s immigration practice, succeeding primarily through word of mouth, community engagement and referrals from former clients. His success is best demonstrated by his consistent ability to secure permanent residence in challenging cases, including child medical inadmissibility, humanitarian and compassionate cases, appeals and judicial reviews. He has spoken around the world on immigration, including addressing audiences in Africa, China and across Canada. He has also spoken on immigration law topics at Winnipeg’s Legal Help Centre. He is past Chair of the Immigration Section of the Manitoba Bar Association, a past president of the Association des juristes d’expression française du Manitoba and also served as Manitoba’s representative for Immigration to Western Canada at the CBA’s Annual Immigration Conference. Paul co-founded and served as founding President of the Manitoba LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Bruce A. Hibbard, Bennett Jones LLP

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Bruce Hibbard has advised on Canadian and international transactions that stand out for their range, complexity and scope. They include acting as lead Canadian counsel to Lagardère Travel Retail in its US$530-million acquisition of airport travel retailer Paradies; Canadian counsel to EnerVest Energy Foreign Holdings XIV-C, et al., on its $2.5-billion energy fund; Canadian counsel to EnCap Energy Capital Fund X-C, L.P. in offering and closing its US$6.5-billion energy fund; counsel to Westport Innovations in its US$273.5- million public offering in the US and Canada and US$54-million IPO on NASDAQ; and counsel to Enerflex Systems Income Fund in its $700-million acquisition by Toromont Industries. Bruce is a sessional professor with the University of Calgary Faculty of Law teaching mergers and acquisitions. He has also coached youth soccer with Calgary Southwest United.

Brenden Hunter, Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP

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Brenden Hunter has been counsel in more than 20 contested hearings before Alberta regulators over the past 10 years. Almost all of the work was for applicants, and each application was successfully permitted and upheld on appeal where challenged. He recently represented AltaLink Management Ltd. as lead counsel in three successive contested transmission-facility hearings in Q2 2016 before the Alberta Utilities Commission on the $190-million Cooking Lake, $120-million Harry Smith and $105-million Calgary Southwest Ring Road developments. Brenden also practises Aboriginal law and is a member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation. For three years he has acted as lead counsel for TransCanada on the $15.7-billion Energy East Pipeline Project, negotiating agreements with more than 50 First Nations and other Aboriginal communities. Brenden has been an executive of the Aboriginal Law Section (South) of the CBA.