2017 Rising Stars Award Winners


Ian Dunbar, McInnes Cooper

Ian Dunbar is a member of McInnes Cooper’s general litigation, construction and insurance groups and has represented insurers on a variety of issues, including casualty, coverage, property, fire loss, commercial liability and disability claims. Experienced in litigating commercial and corporate disputes, he has also acted as lead counsel in insurance and construction disputes, dispute resolution in the area of technology and intellectual property, and regulatory offenses. He has served as the Chair of the municipal law section of the Canadian Bar Association’s Nova Scotia branch and, since 2012, has been a part-time faculty member at Dalhousie University Law School. He is actively involved in student recruitment at his firm. In the community, Dunbar has been a dedicated Director of the skills-based Board of the Parkinson Society Maritime Region since 2012.

Tyson Dyck, Torys LLP

Tyson Dyck is a member of Torys LLP’s Environmental Group, and practises extensively in the areas of energy and infrastructure, mining and metals and climate change. In the mining sector, Tyson acts for companies acquiring, developing and operating major projects, including Cameco Corp., one of the world’s largest uranium companies, on the multi-year, multi-billion-dollar Vision in Motion project to redevelop the Port Hope Conversion Facility. He is experienced in climate change law, including on the cap-and-trade systems established in Ontario, California and Québec and other jurisdictions. He advises many of Ontario and Canada’s largest greenhouse-gas emitters, including Union Gas, Ontario’s second-largest emitter, on the development and implementation of the province’s cap-and-trade program. He has co-lectured courses in environmental and climate law at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School and has mentored students interested in developing careers in environmental law.

Rory C. Engels, TD Bank Group

Rory Engels is Senior Manager, Risk Management at TD Bank Group. Through his career, Engels has successfully led and completed a number of sophisticated transactions, including both private and public M&A transactions and numerous securities offerings in multiple jurisdictions, as well as securitization transactions involving multiple public companies. Through this experience, he has gained a thorough understanding of complex transaction structures and the securities, listing and governance laws for many different jurisdictions, including the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom/Europe. TD’s acquisition of approximately 50 per cent of CIBC’s Aeroplan credit card portfolio is an example of a deal on which he has played a critical role. He has acted as United Way Ambassador for TD.

David Forrest, Canada Goose

David Forrest is General Counsel, Senior Vice-President at Canada Goose Holdings Inc. He started the company’s in-house legal department, overseeing all legal issues for a diverse business that includes a vast manufacturing network, sophisticated marketing initiatives, a large IP portfolio and international sales presence in 37 countries and multiple channels. His most significant recent accomplishment is guiding the company through its IPO in March 2017. Forrest also led the way on notable firsts for Canada Goose, including initiating e-commerce, opening the company’s first retail stores in Toronto and New York and providing guidance on entering new global markets. He is a supporter of a number of charities, including those combatting poverty, funding participation in the Special Olympics and sending medical treatment overseas to underprivileged recipients.

Jarrett Freeman, Goodmans LLP

Jarrett Freeman is a partner in the tax group at Goodmans LLP. His practice encompasses all aspects of income taxation that arise in corporate and commercial transactions, with an emphasis on M&A, corporate finance and real estate transactions, both domestically and internationally. He is a key member of Goodmans’ REITs and income securities team. Freeman regularly advises REALpac (Canada’s most senior, influential and informative voice in the real property investment industry) on strategic tax-related matters. He has written tax articles on a variety of income tax matters, including the taxation of real estate investment trusts, income fund conversions and the SIFT rules. He has been the lead lawyer in the efforts of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Ontario Bar Association to respond to recent enactments to Ontario’s Land Transfer Tax Act.