2015 Rising Stars Award Winners


Scott Kirkpatrick, Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada & Coca-Cola Ltd

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Scott Kirkpatrick is General Counsel to Coca-Cola in Canada. He left private practice in 2011, moved through roles as corporate counsel and senior legal counsel, becoming general counsel in 2015. He now leads the in-house team that handles all manner of legal issues and supports the executive team. Scott was the legal lead on developing a complex pricing program implemented nationwide. He counselled the business on competition law concerns and personally trained the sales force to recognize and manage all related compliance issues. He also led a highly complex and sensitive internal investigation involving a significant marketing and public affairs incident. In 2012, Scott brought together former law firm colleagues and Coca-Cola lawyers to provide online employment-law advice to a number of charities.

Guillaume Lavoie, Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P.

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Guillaume Lavoie is a partner, practising in private equity, venture capital, securities law, and mergers and acquisitions. He has acted in structuring the first openended private infrastructure equity fund in Canada; a US private-investment fund and a Cayman Islands privateinvestment fund; and in raising funds totalling more than $1.5 billion. He also advised White Star Capital in the creation and implementation of two venturecapital funds. He played a key role in advising investors, led by the Molson brothers, in acquiring the Montreal Canadiens. He has also played a pivotal role in public offerings by Cominar REIT totalling more than $3 billion. Guillaume is a member of the grant committee evaluating entrepreneurship grant candidates for the Fondation Montréal Inc. and a Director and Corporate Secretary of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.

Jennifer Lee, TD Bank Group

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Jennifer Lee joined TD Bank Group after leaving private practice in 2008. She has since risen to Associate Vice President, Legal (Corporate and Treasury). She has led a number of sophisticated transactions, including private and public M&A, securities offerings in multiple jurisdictions and securitizations. She understands complex transaction structures and the securities, listing and governance laws for many different countries. She has played a critical role in TD’s acquisitions of South Financial Group in 2010, MBNA Canada’s $8.5-billion credit card portfolio in 2011 and $1 billion in assets from Vancity Credit Union in 2009; and more than 40 debt and equity offerings. Jennifer oversees all public disclosure and governance, as well as related advice to the senior executive team. She is also a member and supporter of Women in Capital Markets.

Craig Lockwood, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Craig Lockwood served as trial counsel in Canada’s largest-ever class action (Blais et al. v. Imperial Tobacco et al.), in a trial that lasted more than two-and-a-half years, with $27 billion in exposure. He is now involved in the ongoing appeal before the Court of Appeal of Quebec. He delivers both experience and knowledge to class proceedings, especially with regard to product liability, securities and pension litigation. His proficiency in financial disputes has led him to act in cases spanning numerous jurisdictions and international boundaries. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on multiple occasions, including the Shoppers Drug Mart regulatory challenge, and is currently involved in active proceedings in at least five provinces. Craig has provided pro bono litigation advice to Tourette Canada, CanadaHelps and Kids Help Phone.

Cameron MacDonald, Manulife Financial Corporation

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Cameron MacDonald has demonstrated superior expertise representing senior management, boards of directors, acquirers, targets, selling shareholders, special committees, issuers and underwriters in public take-over bids, proxy contests, private M&A transactions, structured product launches, fund mergers, corporate finance transactions and restructurings. He is widely recognized for excellence in executing transactions of any size or complexity. He has acted as counsel on $7-billion in debt and equity-capital raises for Manulife over two years; lead counsel on the $4-billion acquisition of Standard Life Canada; lead counsel on a $2.26-billion subscriptionreceipt acquisition financing; and lead counsel in structured-product IPOs, including Manulife Private Investment Pools that have raised billions in assets under management since 2012. Cameron is active in charities fighting cancer and supporting local hospitals.