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.
During his tenure at Kellogg, Av was the founding executive sponsor of the Kellogg Canada Diversity & Inclusion Council. He is the former Chair of Legal Leaders for Diversity and continues to be a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Av has received several awards including being named In-House Counsel by the South Asian Bar Association and a Diversity Champion by Women of Influence. He is a sought after speaker on issues such as succeeding as in-house counsel and leveraging diversity. He is also a Trustee at Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital. Prior to joining Kellogg, Av practiced law at Fasken Martineau and Blake, Cassels & Graydon focusing on securities, M&A and general corporate law.
Av holds an Honours Degree in Economics and a Law Degree from the University of Western Ontario.