2017 Rising Stars Award Winners


Ryan Morris, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Ryan Morris is a litigator at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Currently he is the lead counsel defending six class actions in Ontario. He serves as a mentor to law students at the University of Toronto and teaches the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is involved with The Advocates’ Society, having been on its Young Advocates’ Standing Committee and Conduct and Practices Committee. He is also a regular speaker and panelist at The Advocates’ Society’s education programs. Morris represented the late artist Haydn Davies pro bono, suing Lambton College for breach of moral rights for the destruction of Davies’ sculpture installation entitled Homage. The case garnered significant press, resulted in the endowment of the Haydn Davies scholarship at OCAD University, and was the subject of a play (also called Homage) that was presented at Toronto’s Luminato Festival.

Ramneek Padda, TELUS Communications, Inc.

Ramneek Padda is Senior Counsel, Litigation at Telus Communications, Inc. Among his complex cases: He was instructing counsel for Telus in a highly complex patent litigation action relating to Telus’s Optik TV™ IPTV system. He led external counsel’s response and was instrumental in developing complex legal arguments and complex factual and expert evidence. He is also instructing counsel for Telus in a multifaceted commercial litigation and insolvency matter involving an internet services provider. Padda has been active with the United Way of the Lower Mainland, working both within and outside of Telus. He has been a key member of Telus Legal Services’ United Way Workplace Campaign Committee which was nominated for a United Way Spirit Award (2017).

François Paradis, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

François Paradis is a partner in the Business Law Department at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He has been lead partner on several public offerings and private placements, M&A, reorganizations and dealer/adviser registrations. Paradis is on the AMF’s Securities Law Advisory Committee, providing input on policy initiatives; at the annual Tremblant securities conference (where Québec’s securities lawyers discuss current issues); on the Québec Bourse (Québec issuers organization). He is a mentor under the GO-CA program of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, encouraging young professionals to sit on boards of art organizations. He also advises NGO clients on a pro bono basis (e.g., Bell Museum of Natural History, Opération Père Noël and the India School Fund); and participated in a Sahara Desert trek raising $18,000 for the Fondation Marie-Vincent (helping Québec children who are victims of sexual abuse).

Una Radoja, Harper Grey LLP

Una Radoja is the co-chair of Harper Grey’s Environmental Regulation & Disputes Practice Group and a co-author of British Columbia Environmental Management Legislation and Commentary. Radoja has represented clients at all levels of court in BC and before the environmental regulator on files of significant complexity, including a landmark case before the Environmental Appeal Board. Most recently, she has acted in a $60-million fraud case with an international twist, a 20-day trial in a $10-million contract case, and is co-counsel on a complex, multi-million-dollar, multifaceted contaminated site redevelopment matter. Radoja has served on the executive of the Environmental Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) and is a frequent guest lecturer for the Pacific Business & Law Institute, British Columbia Environmental Industry Association, the Environmental Managers Association and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC on various aspects of environmental law in BC. Radoja has also presented to the Ministry of Environment, the environmental consulting industry and environmental insurers.

Colin Ritchie, Cenovus Energy Inc.

Colin Ritchie is the Senior Legal Counsel at Cenovus Energy Inc., where he specializes in corporate, securities, treasury, banking and derivatives regulatory compliance (Dodd-Frank Act, EMIR and Canadian law) matters. As the only lawyer specializing in these areas, Ritchie single-handedly led complex legal transactions in Canada, such as funding Cenovus’s $17.7-billion purchase of assets in Western Canada from ConocoPhillips. He is a member of the International Energy Credit Association (IECA) and is recognized for his expertise in derivatives regulatory compliance matters, particularly as they apply to energy companies that transact with counterparties in Europe, the United States and Canada. Ritchie was a panelist at the IECA conference in Calgary in 2014 and 2016, speaking on Implementing Multi-Jurisdictional Derivative Regulations and updating attendees on recent legal developments in this area. In addition, Ritchie was asked to speak to students at the University of Calgary Law School and share his advice about how to achieve professional and personal success as a lawyer.