2016 Rising Stars Award Winners


Stacey Parker-Yull, Scotiabank

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Stacey Parker-Yull is responsible for overseeing global executive compensation and pension/benefits at Scotiabank. Her recent projects include acting as lead counsel on an outsourcing arrangement between the bank and an East Indian technology company; resolution of numerous cross-border compensation/pension issues; analysis of proposed changes to the US Internal Revenue Code, TSX Security-based Compensation Rules, etc. under the Dodd-Frank Act in the bank’s acquisition of ING Group; acting as lead counsel on legal and implementation issues in the redesign of the bank’s Canadian pension and employee-share-ownership plan; acting as lead counsel on the current redesign of the bank’s international pension strategy; and acting as lead counsel on a compliance review of the bank’s annual compensation plans. Stacey mentors law students at the bank and the U of T Faculty of Law.

Sacha R. Paul, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

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Sacha Paul has a diverse civil litigation and Indigenous law practice. He has acted for a number of large hydroelectric utilities and mining companies engaging with Indigenous groups in resource development. He has assisted in drafting complex agreements to address development impacts. In Canada v. Khadr he represented Amnesty International before the Supreme Court of Canada concerning Canada’s obligations to assist a citizen detained at Guantanamo Bay. He also acted before human-rights tribunals respecting complaints against governmental bodies in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut and for the Province of Manitoba in the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry into the Manitoba child-welfare system. Sacha is a board member of the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation and has volunteered for its Angel Squad to help raise money for the foundation.

Gregory Power, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

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Gregory Power is a human-resources lawyer and problem-solver with a nationwide practice. His recent work includes representing a publicly traded company in a wrongful dismissal and reprisal case involving allegations the company engaged in bribery and corruption with foreign government officials; representing a police services board at arbitration in an officer’s public allegations of discrimination based on PTSD; and acting as lead HR counsel to a global courier company in the sale of its Canadian business. This involved managing a legal team to address labour relations, employment, human-rights and pension law in multiple jurisdictions, a task made more complex because local HR staff were unaware of the sale and could not be consulted. Greg has also served as a U of T Student Mentor and led Hicks Morley’s participation in Bikes for Tykes in support of children with cancer.

Cameron M. Proctor, PrairieSky Royalty Ltd.

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Cameron Proctor joined PrairieSky Royalty (PSK) in February 2014 to guide the largest energy IPO in Canadian history. He played an integral legal role in creating a company with a $5-billion enterprise value. In September 2014 he led the secondary offering of PSK shares held by former parent Encana. In November 2014 he led PSK’s $750-million acquisition of Range Royalty and in December 2015 he led PSK’s acquisition of royalty assets from Canadian Natural Resources for $1.8 billion and concurrent $680-million non-brokered private placement. Prior to joining PSK, he was Executive Vicepresident, Chief Legal Officer and Director of Sinopec Canada. His responsibilities included a $1.1-billion joint venture with Chesapeake Energy, the acquisition of a 15-per-cent interest in Pacific NorthWest LNG and a proposed $11-billion liquefied natural gas project operated by Petronas.

Derek D. Ricci, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

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Derek Ricci is a litigation partner whose recent work includes acting for Vale in connection with the multibillion- dollar Voisey’s Bay Project dispute; Sears Canada in settling a $100-million commercial dispute; Ontario Lottery and Gaming in successfully defending a claim concerning the legality of roulette gaming; Domino’s Pizza in multiple commercial disputes; Barrick Gold in successfully defending substantial royalty-related claims by Newmont Mining; and MI Developments in successfully defending a precedent-setting oppression remedy application. He acted for the plaintiff in the firm’s first class action and for defendants such as CIBC, GMP Securities, Nevsun Resources and Barrick Gold in major securities class actions. Derek has been a member of the firm’s Professional Development and Student Committees and is a mentor to business students at the University of Ottawa.