David Sharpe

Chair, Dean's Council / Instructor, Indigenous Negotiations

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.

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Sessional Instructor

Peter Brady

Peter Brady is a partner at McCarthy Tetrault in the Litigation and Mining Groups and co-head of the firm’s National Environmental, Regulatory & Aboriginal Group. He advises and represents clients in all legal aspects of regulatory litigation, with particular emphasis in the areas of environmental law, occupational health & safety law and mining law. He also has extensive experience in anti-corruption compliance, investigations, and due diligence.

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James Dorr

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.

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Peter Griffin

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."

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Jennifer Keenan

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.

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Jaimie Lickers

Jaimie Lickers is a partner in Gowling WLG's Hamilton office and national leader of the firm's Indigenous Law Group.

Jaimie’s practice is focused on the structuring and drafting of trust deeds for Indigenous communities, financial services and lending for First Nations, First Nations tax law, and the provision of policy advice in relation to education, social services and membership law. She also has considerable experience providing advice related to environmental protection and assessment and Indigenous consultation and accommodation issues.

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Allan McGavin

Allan is a corporate solicitor and advises owners, directors, and executives of companies (both public and private) across a variety of industries.  His primary areas of legal practice are corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions (domestic and cross-border), corporate finance (debt and equity), and securities compliance.

Allan obtained his commerce and law degrees at Queen’s University, where he played and coached rugby and managed the Queen’s Business Law Clinic.

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Kelley McKinnon

Kelley McKinnon is Deputy General Counsel and Chief Regulatory Officer at BMO Financial Group, and prior to this was Vice-President and Chief Compliance Officer at BMO Capital Markets.
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Kristin J. Morch

Kristin J. Morch, Honours BA (Queen’s), LLB (Queen’s) of the Ontario Bar, is General Counsel to the Continental Saxon Group, a diversified real estate, venture capital, and oil and gas company.  Kristin was formerly a partner of Aird & Berlis, and acted as General Counsel to Ernst & Young, in the liquidation of Standard Trust Company.  In private practice, she specialized in real estate law, corporate finance and related insolvency matters.

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Sheila A. Murray

Past 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.

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Anton Sahazizian

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.

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Stephen Shamie

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.

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Paul Steep

Paul Steep is a partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP 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.

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Richard Tory

Richard Tory is a Managing Director and Head of Canadian Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, the global investment bank. Richard is also responsible for the firm’s global metals and mining practice. Now based in Toronto, Richard spent 15 years working in London, England and 7 years working in Hong Kong. Richard has spent the last 15 years advising leading global metals and mining companies on strategic and capital markets initiatives. Prior to embarking on his banking career in 1998, Richard was a partner at Torys.

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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.

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Frank E. Walwyn

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.

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Alan Whyte

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.

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The Honourable Darla Wilson

Madam Justice Darla Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in 1981, and a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in 1984.  She was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1986.  Madam Justice Wilson was previously a partner with Lawson McGrenere LLP in Toronto, where she practiced exclusively in the area of civil litigation.

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