Sheila A. Murray

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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David Sharpe

Vice 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

David Allgood

Past Chair

The namesake of the first named Professorship at Queen's Law, David Allgood has 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.

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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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Betty DelBianco

Elizabeth DelBianco is Chief Legal and Administrative Officer 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.

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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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Janet Fuhrer

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).

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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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Kelley McKinnon

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.

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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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James M. Parks

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.

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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 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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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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