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​​Dean's Council Members

Sheila A. Murray, Law '82 (Com '79), Chair

Sheila A. Murray, BComm (Queen’s), LLB (Queen’s), of the Bar of Ontario, is President and General Counsel of CI Financial, Canada’s second largest independent mutual fund company. In this role she provides strategic, securities regulatory and governance leadership for the company and its Board of Directors. Sheila joined CI in 2008 after a 25 year career at Blake, Cassel’s and Graydon LLP where she practiced securities law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate reorganizations. At Blakes she acted for both bidders and target companies in public merger and acquisition transactions, and for issuers as well as underwriters and agents in public offerings of debt and equity securities. She was involved in many cross-border financings and international take-overs. Sheila was a member of the Securities Advisory committee to the Ontario Securities Commission and was a member of the team of Blakes’ parents that advised the Canadian securities regulators on the reformulation of securities regulation and the creation of new rules and policies. Sheila was the Chair of Blakes’ Legal Personnel Committee and the Co-Chair of the Strategic Initiatives Committee. She has been a panellist or speaker at a number of conferences on securities law and governance topics and has taught the securities law component of the Intensive Program on Business Law, Business Associations and Corporate Finance at Osgoode Hall Law School.


David Allgood, Law'74, Past Chair

David joined Dentons in 2015 as Counsel, based in the Toronto office.

David has earned an outstanding reputation in the Canadian and global legal and business community for his expertise, integrity and innovative thought leadership. His contributions to the area of business law have been recognized through the establishment of The David Allgood Professorship in Business Law at Queen’s Law School, and David was awarded the Canadian General Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. David served on the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel from 2006-2015 and was the first Canadian Board Chair (October 2013-October 2014) in the organization’s more than 30-year history.

Prior to joining Dentons, David was Executive Vice President and General Counsel at RBC, a position he held from 2000 until April of this year. In this role as a dual senior legal and business advisor, David’s responsibilities included providing strategic advice and counsel to RBC Executive Management and its Board of Directors on legal and reputational issues, and management of the General Counsel Group comprising 190 lawyers and professionals located in 15 countries. He was also a member of RBC’s Ethics and Compliance and Reputational Risk Oversight Committees. Prior to joining RBC, David was a well-recognized corporate tax lawyer at a national firm in Toronto.

David will be working closely with our clients and internal teams across Canada and around the world.


Betty DelBianco, Law'84

Betty DelBianco

Elizabeth DelBianco is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary of Celestica Inc., a global electronics manufacturing and supply chain company listed on the TSX and the NYSE. In this role she oversees legal, contracts, human resources, global branding, communications and corporate social responsibility.

Prior to Celestica she had a 13-year career as a senior corporate legal advisor in the telecommunications industry.

Ms. DelBianco is a past member of the Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission. She was named as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in each of 2005, 2006 and 2007 and admitted to the Hall of Fame in 2008. She holds a B.A.from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University, an MBA from University of Western Ontario, and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and is a member of the bars of Ontario and New York.

 


James Dorr, Law'87

James is General Counsel and a Managing Director of Orbis Investments, a global investment firm operating in nine different locations around the world. Based in London England, he provides strategic, management and legal leadership for the Orbis group of companies worldwide. He graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 1984 and a Juris Doctor in 1987. He received a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1991 and remains a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Prior to joining Orbis in 1998, he practised corporate/commercial and securities law for nine years as a partner in the law firm Davies, Ward & Beck in Toronto, Canada.

 

 

 

 


Janet Fuhrer, Law'84

Janet Fuhrer is a partner in the Ottawa office of Ridout & Maybee LLP and has served on the firm’s Executive Committee. Her practice focuses on trade-mark and copyright matters, including strategies for the maintenance and protection of intellectual property, litigation, licensing, due diligence and securitization of intellectual property, confidential disclosure agreements and privacy issues. Janet has obtained an LL.M. in e-Business and been granted the Certified Specialist designation in Intellectual Property (Trade-mark/Copyright Law) by The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). She is involved in numerous professional activities and is a frequent speaker and moderator at various IP conferences and meetings. Notably, she is a Past President of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and Second Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). Janet has been selected by peers as a leading practitioner for inclusion in the 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (17th Edition), as well as the Eighth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Intellectual Property Law. She also has been recognized in the 2011 Managing Intellectual Property ip Handbook and in the 2012 and 2013 World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals.

 


Peter Griffin, Law'77

Peter Griffin is Managing Partner and one of the five founding partners at Lenczner Slaght. According to Chambers Global Client Guide, he is “One of the top lawyers in Toronto, if not the top – he's a tough, aggressive but fair and smart commercial litigator who you can rely on, as he has fantastic judgment."

Peter is recognized by his peers as one of the top litigators in Canada, particularly in the areas of corporate commercial litigation, class actions, securities matters, insolvency, and professional and director/officer liability. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario and the common-law provinces, and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Peter has been recognized by several publications including the American College of Trial Lawyers 2012, Who’s Who Legal 2012, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Practical Law Company, Chambers Global, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers, and Benchmark Canada.

Peter is the President of The Advocates’ Society (2012-2013) and was Secretary, Executive Committee for The Advocates’ Society (2008-09). He is a Fellow; Vice Chair, Ontario Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers Commercial List Users’ Committee.

Peter has been engaged with the Queen’s Faculty of Law since 2001 when he served on the Law ’77 reunion committee.


Thomas A. Houston, Law'78 (Com'75)

Tom Houston is currently the Managing Partner of Dentons’ Ottawa office. Tom’s practice focus is providing strategic advice on corporate finance, venture capital, M&A, securities and corporate governance matters to clients across various industry sectors, with an emphasis on the technology and not-for-profit sectors. Tom has particular expertise in technology start-ups and has assisted many companies from formation through successful exits. Many transactions have involved cross-border elements, both on investments and acquisitions. Tom is rated AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 as “Lawyer of the Year” in Technology Law (Ottawa). He is also recommended by Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Private Funds Law and Technology Law and is endorsed as a leading lawyer in Practical Law Company’s PLC Venture Capital multi-jurisdictional guide 2012 in the area of venture capital. Tom is recommended by The 2012 LEXPERT/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in the area of Technology Transactions law and is recommended by The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory 2011 and 2012 as a leading lawyer in the areas of Computer & I.T. Law, Corporate Finance & Securities, Technology Transactions, Private Equity and Corporate Mid-Market. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Art Gallery as well as a member of the Dean’s Council of the Faculty of Law for Queen’s University. Previously, he has taught the Securities Regulation course at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa. Former volunteer/community activities have included being the Vice-Chairman on the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and being a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way/Centraide Ottawa, Elmwood School and the Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation.


Jennifer Keenan, Law'90

Jennifer Keenan, Law'90

Jennifer Keenan is involved with issues of global health and immigration. She is Chair of Dignitas International, a Canadian charity working in Malawi and in Canada’s Indigenous communities, whose mission is to strengthen health care systems for people living in remote, impoverished regions. She is past Chair of the Advisory Board to the Give a Day to World AIDS Campaign, which has raised more than $4 million in the legal and medical communities. She is also deeply involved in Canada’s immigrant communities having worked both as a lawyer and as an advisor in the for profit sector that serves new Canadians. She also works as an immigration specialist serving constituents for a Member of Parliament.

She has had the privilege of serving as a Bencher for the Law Society of Upper Canada and is the proud recipient of the 2011 Lexpert-Zenith Award for Philanthropy that Impacts Children. She is a graduate of Queen’s Law School and is a past Law Students’ Society President.

 

 

 


Kelley McKinnon, Law'88

Kelley McKinnon is a partner and head of the securities litigation practice at Gowlings. She was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada © (Securities) in 2010 and in 2011. Kelley was formerly the Deputy Director of Enforcement and Chief Litigation Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission from 2003 – 2008. Since joining Gowlings in November 2008, Kelley has conducted highly sensitive internal corporate investigations and handled multiple securities class actions, corporate disputes and defence of numerous regulatory matters. She taught Trial Practice Skills since 1994 at Osgoode Law School and Queen’s and taught corporate governance at Queen’s in 2009. Kelley was AMS Vice President, the Rector and served for nine years as an elected trustee on the Queen’s board and she was chair of the board’s Nominating and Governance committee. She is currently appointed to the board of trustees to 2014. She also serves on Queen’s Investment Committee.

 

 

 


James M. Parks, Law'71

Jim Parks is counsel at Gardiner Roberts LLP, where he is a member of the Charities and Non-Profit Law and Tax and Estate Planning Groups. He graduated from Queen’s Faculty of Law in 1971 and spent a year of post graduate studies in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa on a Department of Justice Fellowship, receiving a Certificate in Legislative Drafting.

Jim is a former Chair of the Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and a former Chair of the National Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Jim's areas of practice include international taxation, taxation of charities and non-profit organizations, and general corporate taxation. Jim advises multinational corporations on tax matters, including both inbound and outbound investments. He also advises on the resolution of disputes with taxation authorities, estate planning and business succession issues.

Jim is a former contributing editor of International Tax Planning and has written articles for The Philanthropist. His article on charities and taxation appears annually in the Canadian Donor's Guide. He has spoken and written extensively on matters relating to taxation, estate planning, charities and other non-profit organizations and charitable giving. Jim has been consistently recognized by Lexpert and Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada's Leading Lawyers. Jim is a director of several charitable organizations, and was inaugural Chair and is a member of the Queen’s Gift Planning Advisory Committee.


Anton Sahazizian, Law'94

Anton Sahazizian is a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions at Moelis & Company. Mr. Sahazizian has extensive experience advising clients on M&A transactions and was most recently a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at UBS Investment Bank in New York. Mr. Sahazizian worked at UBS for nearly 10 years, and in his most recent role was the senior banker responsible for the origination and execution of M&A transactions for some of the largest global industrials companies in the chemicals, capital goods, paper, packaging, forest products and energy sectors. He advised on numerous high-profile strategic M&A transactions within the sector and was responsible for related coverage of corporate clients as well as private equity firms. Mr. Sahazizian started his investment banking career in the Los Angeles office of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and was one of the founders of UBS’ Los Angeles office and their Exclusive Sales and Divestitures Group. Previously, he was a securities lawyer in Toronto, Canada, with McMillan Binch and Goodman and Carr.

Mr. Sahazizian holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. He also graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston with an LL.B. in 1994 and received an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


Stephen Shamie, Law'86

David Sharpe, Law'95

Stephen Shamie is Hicks Morley's Managing Partner and has been in that role since 2003. He has over 25 years of experience advising and representing employers on a wide variety of matters relating to human resources law. Stephen’s practice emphasizes the negotiation of collective agreements and the defence of employers in arbitration cases, human rights hearings, labour board proceedings and before the courts. He regularly negotiates collective agreements in the hospitality, media, sports and industrial sectors. Stephen has acted as lead employment and labour counsel on many different corporate transactions and has been retained on numerous occasions by both corporations and other law firms. In addition, Stephen represents professional sports leagues on a wide variety of matters.

Stephen is named in the 2005–2017, Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and listed ‘Most Frequently Recommended’ in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Stephen is listed in International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers, 2013–2017, Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013–2017, Legal 500 Canada 2016, and The Best Lawyers in Canada 2007–2017, with Best Lawyers naming him a 2016 'Lawyer of the Year' in the area of labor and employment law – Toronto. Stephen is also named a 'Notable Practitioner' in the Canada chapter of Chambers Global 2008–2017.

Stephen graduated from Queen’s Law in 1986 and regularly attends to lecture and speak to the students at the law school. In addition, Stephen is a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Law Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workforce, and has been in that role since the inception of the Centre.


David Sharpe, Law'95

David Sharpe, Law'95

David is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Bridging Finance Inc., a private investment management firm based in Toronto.  David has two decades of financial services industry experience, in roles such as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Risk Officer, and previously was the head of investigations for the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada.

David is currently the Chair of the Board of Governors of the First Nations University of Canada.  He is also on the Board of Directors of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto and a Board member of the economic development corporation for Eabametoong (Fort Hope) First Nation, a community located approximately 300 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay. 

David is a Mohawk and a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, located near Deseronto, Ontario.  David is a lawyer and has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1997. He has an LLB from Queen’s University, an LLM in Securities Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.  David has also received the Professional Director Certification from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan/University of Regina.


Paul Steep, Law '80

Paul Steep is a partner in the Litigation Group. He carries on a broad commercial litigation practice with a specific focus on securities litigation including class actions. Paul has an active trial and appellate practice before all levels of the Courts of Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Paul’s practice involves major commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, all forms of securities litigation, oppression remedies, directors’ and officers’ liability cases, banking litigation, and class actions. He appears regularly before the OSC (Ontario Securities Commission) on a variety of regulatory and enforcement matters and he also regularly acts on behalf of corporations and persons subject to OSC investigation. In addition, he has conducted trials and appeals in major medical malpractice claims. Paul is a past chair of the firm’s Litigation Group, a pre-eminent group of litigators practising in virtually all areas of civil litigation before a wide variety of courts and tribunals throughout Canada.

Paul is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in corporate and commercial, class action and personal injury litigation, director and officer liability and securities law. Paul also appears in the 2012 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the areas of class action and corporate commercial litigation, directors and officers liability, securities, professional liability and medical negligence law. He is listed in the 2007-2013 editions of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, as a leading lawyer in the area of dispute resolution and in the 2008 and 2009 edition of LEXPERT/The American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the area of corporate commercial litigation and securities litigation.

Paul is a Fellow with American College of Trial Lawyers; Director of The Advocates’ Society and sits on the McCarthy Tetrault LLP Board of Directors.

While at Queen’s, Paul was a Tricolour Society Award Recipient (1977). He was involved with the Queen’s Journal and Vice President of AMS.

Paul teaches at Osgoode and expressed an interested in helping out at Queen’s perhaps in the context of teaching a class session on securities litigation and/or shareholders activism, or participating in a panel discussion on shareholder activism.


Patrice Walch-Watson, Law '91

Patrice Walch-Watson

Patrice Walch-Watson is a seasoned business lawyer and a proud graduate of Queen’s Law. She recently joined Canada Pension Plan Investment Board as Senior Managing Director, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, where she is responsible for leading CPPIB’s global legal, corporate secretarial and compliance functions.

Patrice brings a wealth of experience, most recently as a partner at Torys LLP, a highly respected international business law firm, where she spent over 22 years advising some of Canada’s largest public, private and government businesses on transactions and strategic initiatives. Her corporate and securities practice focused primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, privatizations and corporate governance. She also served in a number of management roles at Torys, including as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Patrice has been a speaker at a number of conferences on securities law and governance topics, and was a member of the expert panel of business law stakeholders convened by the Province of Ontario in 2015 to provide the government with advice on priorities for reform of the Province's corporate and commercial statutes.  Patrice also serves on a number of charitable boards.

 


Frank E. Walwyn, Law '93

Frank is a partner at WeirFoulds LLP, one of Canada's oldest law firms. Frank appears as counsel on complex multi-jurisdiction litigation matters. He is licensed to practise law in Canada, and is also a member of the bars of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Dominica, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis. Frank's cases range from corporate disputes involving shareholder rights and directors duties, to forensic investigations into fraud and corruption, to reciprocal registering, recognizing and enforcing judgments from Canada, the UK, the US and the Caribbean, to complex offshore trusts and estates litigation, frequently involving assets in varied foreign jurisdictions. Frank is repeatedly named as one of Canada's top lawyers in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation in The Best Lawyers in Canada. Frank also holds an appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

Frank is a frequent presenter and skills trainer at continuing professional development seminars in Canada, the Caribbean and the US. He presents to various audiences on diversity issues, and is a frequent presenter at continuing professional development seminars in many areas dealing with the litigation process, including seminars put on by the Ontario Bar Association, The Advocates' Society, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, The Law Society of Upper Canada, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Bar Association, the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers and the Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

Frank participates on many legal and community boards and initiatives, including: a member of The Advocates' Society (TAS) International Training Committee; a past President and current member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL); membership in the Ontario Bar Association (OBA); member of the board of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), a specialty clinic that produces and delivers public legal education to communities in Ontario that are low-income or who otherwise face barriers to full participation in the justice system; and membership on the Steering Committee of DiverseCity: The Toronto Leadership Project, which is aimed at diversifying Toronto's leadership landscape.

Frank has been recognized often for his significant contributions and dedication to the community, including as a recipient of The Law Society of Upper Canada's Lincoln Alexander Award (2013) and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).


Alan Whyte, Law'79

Alan is a partner in the Labour and Employment group of Cunningham Swan LLP in Kingston. He has practised labour and employment law for employers for over 30 years throughout Eastern Ontario, acting for unionized and non-union employers in both the public and private sectors. He is a sought after speaker and presenter at conferences and seminars.

Prior to joining Cunningham Swan, he served as a Vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario from 2008-2010.

Alan teaches the upper year seminar course on negotiation at the law school.

Alan is a member of University Council and recently served on the Reform Planning Group which made recommendations on the fundamental reform of University Council.

Alan also sits on the boards of the Conference of Independent Schools, the Kingston chapter of the Human Resources Professionals Association and the Highland Shores Childrens Aid Society.