2016 Rising Stars Award Winners


Susan E. Marsh, Morneau Shepell Ltd.

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Susan Marsh is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Risk Officer at Morneau Shepell. She is responsible for managing a legal team of four lawyers and one assistant; leading and overseeing mergers and acquisitions, litigation management and compliance, privacy and security matters; creating and leading the enterprise risk-management program, business continuity and crisis management and insurance portfolio; maintaining all corporate licences, permits and registrations; ensuring compliance with securities and exchange regulatory requirements;and acting as a strategic and tactical legal advisor to the board; and the overall management of effective board and shareholder meetings. Through her activities at Morneau Shepell, Susan supports the Kakuma project, including running half-marathons each year. Kakuma is a partnership between Morneau and the United Nations refugee agency supporting girls’ education in Kenya.

Graeme Martindale, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Graeme Martindale practises in securities and capital markets, corporate finance, M&A and corporate law, focusing on mining. He has worked on some of the largest deals in the Canadian market and played a lead role in Northern Property REIT’s $840-million acquisition of True North REIT, one of the largest residential REIT transactions in Canadian history, involving counsel in eight provinces and two territories across multiple practice areas; a company-saving transaction for an international copper-mining client, involving corporate-securities, financial services, employment, tax and environmental lawyers in Canada and US; the $470-million acquisition of Lumina Copper by First Quantum Minerals; and the $1.5-billion acquisition of Minefinders by Pan American Silver. Graeme is pro bono counsel to Whistler Adaptive Sports Program Society, providing athletic programs for those with physical or cognitive disabilities.

Laurent Massam, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

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Laurent Massam has been involved in large, complex IP and commercial litigations for some of the firm’s largest clients. He is regularly sought out for leading roles by both IP and advocacy teams. Laurent assisted greatly in the transition of corporate counsel at BASF when the client contact moved on. He has become a trusted IP litigator on a full range of complex subject matters, from trademarks and domain names to copyright, board matters and patents. He is known for his sound litigation instincts, negotiation skills and an ability to analyze IP matters and complex commercial issues. He has been selected for the firm’s Emerging Opportunities Think Tank. Laurent has provided pro bono legal advice through Pro Bono Law Ontario and Lawyers for Aboriginal Arts. For two years he has headed the firm’s IP pro bono team.

Beth McGrath, McInnes Cooper

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Beth McGrath practises in energy and natural resources, commercial law, corporate finance and banking and financial services. She represented the provincial government in both the Hebron and Hibernia South Extension projects, advising on Crown royalties, industrial and employment benefits plans, dispute resolution, regulatory licensing and project development. Beth was counsel for the government of Newfoundland on project development and the $6-billion financing of the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Development Project. She was counsel for Ocean Choice International in its $160-million purchase of Fishery Products International. She was Counsel to the Provincial Health Authority during the Cameron Inquiry (2007/08) into the erroneous and delayed reporting of breast-cancer test results, and Executive Secretary to the Review Commission on Constituency Allowances. Beth serves on the boards of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation and the YMCA (NL).

Greg McIlwain, McIlwain LLP

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Greg McIlwain focuses on complex corporate transactions, including international and domestic mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations and joint ventures. He also advises US and international businesses on establishing and structuring Canadian operations. He has recently acted for a Canadian environmental consulting company in its sale to a USbased buyer; a publicly traded US energy company in the development of a Canadian petrochemical facility; a US buyer purchasing and financing a portfolio of Canadian franchised fast-food restaurants; a US private equity in the purchase and financing of a Canadian oil and gas services company; a publicly traded US energy company in the “dropdown” of $1 billion of Canadian assets to a master limited partnership; and for Arcturus Realty in the sale to SNC-Lavalin Operations & Maintenance. Greg is Chair of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Oncology Camps.