Advisory Board

Geoffrey Creighton

Geoffrey D. Creighton is Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for IGM Financial Inc. Geoff is responsible for overseeing the legal, compliance and corporate secretarial functions of IGM and its subsidiaries, Investors Group, Mackenzie Investments, and Investment Planning Counsel. IGM is one of Canada’s largest managers and distributors of mutual funds and other managed asset products. It is a public company with over $110 billion of assets under management, and a market capitalization of $10 billion. IGM is part of the Power Corporation of Canada group of companies, a diversified international group of companies in the financial services, communications and other sectors.


Daniel Desjardins

Mtre Daniel Desjardins is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Bombardier Inc. and is a member of the Management Committee of the Corporation. He has joined Bombardier Inc. in April 1998. As General Counsel, Mtre Desjardins manages a legal department of 175 lawyers in 17 countries. Bombardier is the world’s third largest civil aircraft manufacturer and the world leading manufacturer of trains and related servicing activities. The corporation, with 65,400 employees in more than 23 countries, posted US $18.3 billion in revenues for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011.


Sanjeev Dhawan

Sanjeev Dhawan is Senior Legal Counsel for Hydro One Networks Inc. in Toronto. He advises the company on all areas of corporate and commercial law, particularly in regards to procurement contracts in the acquisition of equipment and services, and in the areas of construction, information technology, pension investments, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Dhawan recently completed a business role with the company as Manager of Commercial Contracts with its Supply Chain Services group.


Barry Michael Fisher

Barry Michael Fisher is Principal and Chief Innovation Officer at Avōkka LLP. He represents and works with companies as an independent legal advisor embedded within their senior management teams. Avōkka serves as an outsourced in-house law department for mid-sized public and privately-held companies.

Patrick Garver

Patrick Garver is a lawyer in Toronto. From 1978 to 1994 he practiced law with Parsons Behle & Latimer, a leading law firm in the western United States. From 1994 to 2010 he was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Barrick Gold Corporation, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. During his tenure at Barrick the company grew to become the largest gold mining company in the world. In 2006 Patrick was named by the National Post as Canada’s General Counsel of the Year.


Bill Graham

First elected as Member of Parliament for Toronto-Centre-Rosedale in 1993, Bill Graham served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from January 2002 until July 2004 and Minister of National Defence from July 2004 until January 2006.In February 2006, Bill Graham was appointed leader of the Official Opposition and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, positions he served until December 2006.


Bill Hartnett

Bill Hartnett currently is the Assistant General Counsel, Litigation/Downstream, at Imperial Oil Limited with responsibility for the management of Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil Canada litigation/arbitrations, and for the management of Imperial Oil’s refining, supply, fuels marketing, and chemicals commercial legal work. Previously, he held the position of General Counsel at Imperial Oil subsidiary organizations: Esso Chemical Canada in Toronto and Esso Resources Canada Limited in Calgary.Imperial Oil is one of Canada’s largest corporations and a leading member of the country’s petroleum industry. The company is a major producer of crude oil and natural gas, Canada’s largest petroleum refiner, a key petrochemical producer and a leading marketer with coast-to-coast supply and retail service station networks.


Frank Iacobucci

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci has had a varied career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. He was born, raised and educated in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he received his B. Comm. and LL.B. from the University of British Columbia. He went on to receive his LL.M. and Dip. Int’l L. from Cambridge University. He began his career in 1964 as a lawyer at a large New York firm. In 1967, he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and was a Professor of Law there until 1985. He successively served as Vice-President, Internal Affairs, Dean of the Faculty of Law, and Vice-President and Provost of the University. In 1985, Mr. Iacobucci was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for Canada; in 1988, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada; and in 1991, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.


Wendy Kelley

Wendy Kelley is General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at KP Tissue Inc. with extensive experience working in senior legal positions at publicly listed international companies. She now specializes in advising boards, management and in-house counsel on legal and reputational risk management, compliance and corporate governance and how to implement processes and procedures to be compliant. She has extensive experience in analyzing, identifying and managing complex multi-faceted legal risks within a corporation and implementing legal risk, corporate governance and compliance protocols to enhance corporate value. The strategic use of arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution, for resolving business disputes is an element of a comprehensive and effective legal risk and compliance proces


Barry Leon

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Barry Leon is a Member arbitrator and mediator with Arbitration Place. He specializes in arbitrating and mediating corporate and commercial, contract, shareholder and business breakup, intellectual property and technology disputes.

He is currently serving as the Commercial Judge of the High Court of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the Territory of the Virgin Islands. Until early 2015, Justice Leon was a Partner and Head of the International Arbitration Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP and prior to that was a Partner with Torys LLP. He has more than 30 years of experience as counsel, acting on significant and complex cases in many different industries including financial services, natural resources and energy, technology and intellectual property, manufacturing, and construction and projects.


Av Maharaj

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Av Maharaj is currently the VP Corporate & Legal Affairs for Kraft Heinz Canada, a Berkshire Hathaway/3G Company. Prior to his appointment to this position this year, Av worked at Fasken Martineau as Counsel where he was engaged in a variety of client development and transaction management matters. Prior to this experience Av held senior positions at the Kellogg Company. In January 2004 he joined Kellogg Canada as Chief Counsel & Corporate Secretary, serving as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, setting a strategic direction for the organization and overseeing the company’s operations. In 2009 he became Vice President, International, Legal for Kellogg Company, responsible for the legal operations of the Company outside of the United States.


Robert Prichard

Robert Prichard is the non-executive chairman of Torys LLP. As chairman, Rob provides advice to clients, contributes to the leadership of the firm and represents Torys in the communities we serve. Rob advises clients on corporate transactions, corporate governance, public policy and government relations, public-private partnerships and higher education. He also serves as a facilitator in multi-stakeholder disputes and negotiations.Before joining Torys in 2010, Rob had careers as a law professor, academic leader and business leader.


Bill Rowley

Bill Rowley was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1970 and subsequently in other jurisdictions. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1983, he was elected chairman of McMillan LLP in 1996 and chairman emeritus and special counsel on his retirement from the partnership in 2009. Founded in 1903, McMillan is one of Canada’s leading law firms. He joined 20 Essex Street Chambers in 2002. 20 Essex Street is one of England’s pre-eminent, and longest established, sets of chambers practising in the international arbitration field in both commercial and public international law.


Tom Trbovich

Tom Trbovich has over 30 years of experience in public policy at both the national and provincial levels. As a political operative involved in numerous campaigns or as a policy advisor to governments, politicians, and the private sector, Mr. Trbovich has provided extensive strategic advice and counsel concerning all facets of policy, policy analysis and communication.


Anne Marie Whitesell

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In 2014, Anne Marie Whitesell became professor and director of international dispute resolution programmes at Georgetown University Law Centre. She had already served for several years as an adjunct professor at the university. Whitesell joined Georgetown from Dechert in DC where she spent six years as of counsel in the firm’s international arbitration department. Prior to that she headed the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration where she supervised approximately 1,100 cases each year involving parties from over 120 countries.