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
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Shamie, Law'86
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.