2015 Rising Stars Award Winners


Pascale Pageau, Delegatus Legal Services Inc.

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After eight years with two top-tier Montréal law firms, 30-year-old Pascale Pageau founded Delegatus Legal Services Inc., a law firm cited in the Canadian Bar Association’s Legal Futures Initiatives report. While managing 25 lawyers and paralegals, she is still very active in complex commercial litigation. She acts as strategic counsel to various corporations, including Hydro-Québec, Yellow Pages Group and National Bank of Canada. She advises on growth strategies, market developments, reorganizations, partnerships and conflict management. She recently represented Veolia in a $35-million construction litigation, serves as lead counsel to Gaz Métro in six cases in appeal and handles more than 250 commercial litigation cases for Gaz Métro. Pascale was President of the Annual Meeting of the Québec Bar, Chair of the Women Leadership Conference and serves in various other Bar Association roles.

Janan Paskaran, Torys LLP

Janan Paskaran’s practice focuses on corporate and securities law, emphasizing international transactions. He has extensive experience representing public and private issuers in a wide variety of financing, business combination and M&A transactions, including both private and publicly traded issuers. Janan also advises on securities compliance, commercial transactions and corporate finance, procedures and governance. He has served as counsel to Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Ltd. in its $500-million proposed acquisition of Mart Resources, Inc.; Petrominerales in its $1.57-billion sale to Pacific Rubiales; and Citigroup Global Markets, et al., in Africa Oil Corp.’s US$450-million private placement of common shares in Europe and the United States. Janan is responsible for associate recruitment and development in Calgary, and is a member of Torys’ diversity committee.

Jennifer Pereira, Robertson Stromberg LLP

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As corporate counsel, Jennifer Pereira oversaw expansion of Jorido Food Services Inc. from modest beginnings to Western Canada’s largest A&W franchisee, with 26 restaurants. As litigation counsel, she directed complex shareholders’ oppression litigation vital to a large foodservices franchise holder. She has successfully challenged a referendum by the Canadian Federation of Students through to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, involving undergraduate membership in the Federation, and she has acted as co-counsel for a municipality defending its fire department from a multi-million-dollar claim for damages. Jennifer is a member of the CBA Mentor Program, advising students on how to succeed in the practice of law and providing mentorship, particularly to female students and young female lawyers.

Christian Petersen, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP

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Christian Petersen has a litigation and advisory practice, regularly acting as lead counsel in complex matters. Focusing on commercial real estate and shareholder disputes, he frequently acts in other commercial matters, for example as lead counsel for international commercial real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield in a variety of matters; lead BC litigation counsel for industrial auctioneer Ritchie Bros.; and lead counsel for the College of Physicians and Surgeons in a multi-million-dollar claim involving complex tort, contract, human rights and regulatory issues. Christian’s real estate expertise led to a major role in two prominent BC insolvencies — the Olympic Village development and the Bear Mountain resort (both Lexpert Big Deals). He is the primary litigation advisor to the firm’s 16 real estate lawyers and a central contributor to practice growth.

Bradley Proctor, McInnes Cooper

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Labour and employment partner Brad Proctor is a leading occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation lawyer in Atlantic Canada. He has successfully negotiated plea agreements or withdrawals of charges in many OHS matters. He has also affected changes in the law, as in Guild Contracting Specialties v. Nova Scotia, which confirmed employers’ rights to appeal the basis, as well as the amount, of an administrative penalty. He has also participated in most major workers’ compensation decisions in Atlantic Canada, acting in more than 50 reported WCB cases. National recognition of his expertise is demonstrated by his retention as a workers’ compensation law expert in litigation beyond Atlantic Canada. Brad is currently a Director of Safety Services Nova Scotia. He has also served as a Director of Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers.