Natalie C. MacDonald

Natalie is the co-founding partner and co-managing partner of Rudner MacDonald LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in Canadian Employment Law which was selected as one of the top three Employment & Labour Law firms in Canada this year, according to Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards.  The firm has also been lauded for its work in social media and was a finalist in the 2016 Legal Marketing Association Toronto Chapter annual ‘Your Honour Awards’.

Natalie was recently selected as one of the leading Labour and Employment law practitioners in the world, according to the 6th edition of the Expert Guides Women in Business Law guide. Lawyers listed in the Expert Guides Women in Business Law publication are nominated by in-house counsel and peers, and selected through independent research and peer evaluations.

She has repeatedly been named among Canada’s Top Employment Law Practitioners.  She was recently nominated as one of Canada’s Top 25 Legal Influencers, in the category of Changemakers.  The term “legal influencers” of this highly prestigious nomination encompasses both judges and lawyers. One of Natalie’s cases, Antidormi v. Blue Pumpkin Software Inc. [2004], is touted as a leading decision in the area of inducement of employees to organizations.  She achieved extraordinary damages in this case.

Natalie provides senior counsel on all issues in employment law, including policy and contract drafting, hiring processes, terminations, discipline, restrictive covenants, employment contracts, employment standards issues, workplace bullying and harassment, human rights and sexual harassment. She represents both employees and employers, assisting each with clear, practical advice, in an effort to help them understand their rights and obligations.

Natalie is the leading authority on extraordinary damages and author of the text, Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law, which received critical acclaim as an authority on the subject by courts and members of the bar.  The book reviews extraordinary damages in wrongful dismissal cases across Canada, including moral damages and the meaning of ‘bad faith’ in wrongful dismissal situations, damages for mental distress, punitive damages, damages based on actions in tort, personal injury damages in an employment law context, as well as human rights remedies under provincial and federal legislation. 

She is the founding Co-Chair of the Employment Law Practice Essentials’ annual Conference, an on-line course hosted by the Law Society of Upper Canada.  She is also a Program Director of Osgoode’s Professional Development HR Law for HR Professionals course, and an instructor since its inception.  Natalie is the architect of and founding Program Director of Osgoode’s Certificate in Advanced HR Law for Experienced HR Professionals.  She also enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through teaching, and regularly chairs and speaks at conferences, including those offered by Human Resources Professional Association, Ontario Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

She currently serves on the Employment Advisory Board of Directors for Practical Law in Canada, and is the author of the chapter on Extraordinary Damages in its online publication.

Natalie is also a volunteer for Pro Bono Law Ontario, which operates a number of services to assist low-income, self-represented litigants with civil matters.  Natalie provides Senior Counsel to assist litigants with employment law matters.

Natalie was the Editor-in-Chief of the respected Employment Bulletin for seven years, as well as a routine contributor to Canadian HR Reporter, Canadian Employment Law Today and Canadian Employer.  Natalie is frequently called upon by the media to offer her expert opinion on employment law matters.   

In addition, Natalie served as a Director on two, not-for profit Boards: Ridgeford Charitable Foundation and Brenyon Way Charitable Foundation. Both address social housing needs. She is also a former Board member of a Women’s Shelter. Natalie is also deeply committed to actively supporting various other charitable causes. In 2008, Natalie was a member of a Task Force for Social Justice spearheaded by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and also provided opinion to University of Toronto Law School in that same vein. Natalie’s expertise has often been sought by other organizations within the legal community, to provide guidance on complex employment law issues. She is a leader in the legal community donating her time and expertise on a regular basis. 

A world traveller, Natalie has backpacked throughout Australia, South East Asia, China, India, Africa, Europe and various parts of South America. Natalie enjoys golf, and is an active member of her golf club. Natalie is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada as well as the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations.

A graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Windsor, Natalie received her B.A. (Hons) from Queen’s University and was called to the Bar in 2000.

 

Andrew H. Heft

Personal
  • Date of birth – Feb 28, 1951
  • Place of birth – Montreal
  • Citizenship – Canadian
Education
  • admission to Barreau du Quebec – November 1977
  • Bachelor of Civil Law [B.C.L.] 1976, McGill University
  • Bachelor of Arts [B.A.] 1972, McGill University
Professional Memberships
  • Association des Avocats et Avocates en Droit Familial du Quebec
  • Association du Barreau Canadien
  • Lord Reading Law Society
Philosophy and Professional Experience

My practice is restricted to family law and related civil litigation. I believe in a direct, energetic, and assertive approach to litigation. I seek to create the conditions that will result in the best possible outcome.

Over the years I have acquired valuable experience in the areas most frequently encountered in family law including:

  • negotiation of out-of-court settlements
  • drafting of settlement agreements
  • litigation of substantive issues

child custody and access

 including issues such as:

  • determination of custody
  • physical and sexual abuse
  • parental alienation
  • shared custody
  • removal of children to and from Quebec
  • determination of access
  • non-compliance with court-ordered access
  • grandparent’s’rights

financial support for spouses and children

including issues such as:

  • determination and fixing of the amount payable
  • discovery of undisclosed assets and undeclared income
  • modification of existing orders
  • remedies in the case of non-payment of support

division of matrimonial property

including issues such as:

  • discovery and identification of eligible assets
  • unequal division

compensatory allowances

unjust enrichment

protection of judgment claims

including issues such as:

  • seizure before judgment
  • registration of legal hypothecs

enforcement of judgments

including issues such as:

  • contempt of court
  • collection of judgment debts
  • recovery of assets transferred fraudulently to evade judgment
  • bankruptcy and execution of matrimonial orders
  • recognition and enforcement in Quebec of foreign orders

My non-family law civil litigation practice experience has included:

  • bankruptcy
  • fraudulent settlements, preferences
  • civil liability
  • personal injuries
  • libel
  • collections
  • labour law
  • unjust dismissal

 

D’Arcy Nordick

D’Arcy Nordick is a partner in Stikeman Elliott’s Corporate Group. His practice includes advising both foreign and domestic clients in a variety of industries on business law matters including mergers and acquisitions (both public and private), corporate finance, securities, corporate governance, structured financial products, licensing and joint ventures, project development, restructuring and general corporate and commercial law.

Mr. Nordick’s diverse clientele includes banks, governmental and quasi-governmental entities, securities dealers, mining and resource companies, investment funds, technology companies, real estate investment trusts, industrial companies, retailers, infrastructure/P3 participants, food services companies, transportation companies, media and telecom companies and private equity firms. This breadth of experience and expertise contributes to and is the result of Mr. Nordick’s practical, creative and business-focused approach to the needs of his clients.

Mr. Nordick is a member of the firm’s M&A/Negotiated Transactions Group, Securities Practice Group, Infrastucture/P3 Group, Mining Group, Investment Funds Group and the Structured Financial Products and Derivatives Group.

Mr. Nordick was recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 as a leading lawyer in the Corporate Mid-Market, Corporate Finance & Securities and Mining sectors, the 2014 Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, the International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers 2013 and the 2010 Lexpert’s Rising Stars as one of the “Leading Lawyers Under 40” in Canada.

Stikeman Elliott LLP:

Stikeman Elliott is one of Canada’s leading business law firms, recognized for top tier services in each of our core practice areas – corporate finance, M&A, real estate, corporate-commercial law, banking, structured finance, tax, insolvency, competition and foreign investment, employment and business litigation. We are regularly retained by domestic and international companies in a wide range of industries including financial services, insurance, technology, telecommunication, transportation, manufacturing, mining, energy, infrastructure and retail.

The firm’s National Litigation Group, whose specializations include class actions, securities litigation, antitrust and restructurings, has been ranked among the top business litigation practices in Canada by Chambers Global, Lexpert and Benchmark. The firm is also well known for its extensive regulatory and government relations expertise; the latter anchored by its office in Ottawa.

We have prominent cross-border expertise, as the first Canadian firm to open offices in London and New York, and extensive experience in the U.S., Europe, China, South and Southeast Asia as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Our 500 lawyers include many of Canada’s most prominent business practitioners and litigators, and our depth across practice areas enables clients to benefit from efficient, expert teams of lawyers at all levels. The firm has also invested heavily in cutting-edge knowledge management and project management systems in order to assure our clients of advice of the highest quality.

 

Isabelle Deshaies

The in-depth expertise of Isabelle Deshaies is the fruit of 31 years of experience and continuing professional training, including 10 years of practice in major intellectual property firms and private companies of Montreal.

As founder of ID® TRADEMARK, Ms. Deshaies also benefits from more than 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and understands her clients’ business issues.  She serves every range of companies, from start-ups to international, in all industries including food, baby products, clothing, furniture and restaurant.  She manages the international trademark portfolio of Canadian leading companies in the mining and software industries, as well as the Canadian trademark portfolio of internationally known companies in the gas and steel industries.

Ms. Deshaies further assists her clients in ancillary issues such as licences, trademark use, border protection, domain name registration strategies and litigation.  Her judicious advice and know-how is also appreciated by attorneys and other trademark agents who regularly call upon her. It is immediately obvious that she is a true master in her field.

Ms. Deshaies has further developed an in-depth expertise and know-how in worldwide trademark registration proceedings and portfolio management.  Apart from being a Canadian registered trademark agent, she is one of the rare Canadian agent representing non-Canadian trademark owners at WIPO, while Canada is not yet a member of the Madrid System.  Her expertise also includes industrial design and copyright registrations.

Ms. Deshaies has been appointed as trademark consultant for the members of a Chamber of commerce of Montreal, regularly writes articles, gives lectures, trains paralegals and has been an instructor for trademark agent trainees with the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC).

As a member of working groups at IPIC, she has contributed to the drafting of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy during the year 2000.  She has been writing a trademark newsletter reporting all Canadian case law and news for 7 years.

Toll Free: +1 (844) 454-5300

Eva Schmieg

Eva Schmieg is a member of our Corporate and Commercial Group. She has extensive experience in financing transactions for television and feature motion picture productions as well as international co-productions. She acts on behalf of producers in structuring such transactions and for several of the Canadian chartered banks. She represents small independent producers as well as major studios in connection with general production-related entertainment matters including talent contracts and negotiations, writer’s agreements, production contracts, errors and omissions insurance matters as well as intellectual property issues. She advises producers in the structuring of their transactions to obtain assistance from various government tax credit programmes and funding agencies. Her corporate law experience involves counselling clients in the formation of appropriate business organizations, general financing and securitization considerations and intellectual property issues concerning technology transfer.

Eva was key on the first gaming financing by a Canadian chartered bank and Microsoft’s first live action production “Forward Unto Dawn”, in support of their Halo 4 launch. She has also been involved with several animation firms with significant U.S. partners, as well as their proprietary projects, on many productions.

Eva is a guest lecturer at the University of British Columbia (Law School and Film Studies) and at Capilano University, as well as a sought-after speaker at various film festival trade forums.

Eva is among the lawyers repeatedly recommended by her peers according to the annual survey conducted by Lexpert. She is also recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of entertainment law, having been listed for several years in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in Canada, and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Education

  • LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1990
  • B.Sc., University of British Columbia, 1982

Professional Achievements

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Entertainment Law
  • The Best Lawyers® in Canada, Entertainment Law, 2006 – 2016
  • Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment – Entertainment Law, 2014 – 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Canada “Lawyer of the Year”, Entertainment Law, 2015
  • Euromoney’s Expert Guide for Technology, Media & Telecommunications, 2015

Memberships

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Miller Thomson LLP:

Miller Thomson’s dedication to its lawyers, staff and the communities in which we practise, gives us a distinctive position in the Canadian legal industry.

With 500 lawyers across Canada in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Markham, and Montréal, the firm offers a complete range of business, advocacy and personal legal services to corporations, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, governments, not-for-profit organizations and individuals.

Through strategic growth, Miller Thomson has added enhanced capabilities, depth and resources in many core and specialty areas of expertise in the firm. Today, we are exceptionally well-positioned to help domestic and international decision-makers with all their Canadian legal needs.

 

Chad Eggerman

Chad Eggerman is a Partner in the Energy & Natural Resources and Construction & Infrastructure practice groups in the Saskatoon office of Miller Thomson LLP.

Education

  • Certificate in Mining Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 2014
  • LL.M. Contract & Commercial Law, University of Helsinki, 2003
  • LL.B., University of Saskatchewan, 2001
  • B.A., University of Regina, 1998

Professional Achievements

  • Ranked by Lexpert in June 2015 Guide to Leading Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada as, Corporate Lawyer to Watch
  • 2014 Lexpert Rising Star, Leading Lawyer Under 40 Award

Memberships

  • Member, The Saskatoon Club
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada (2004 – 2013)
  • Member, Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Saskatoon Bar Association
  • Member, International Lawyers’ Association of Finland (ILAF)
  • Member, Finnish Canadian Business Club
  • Member, Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB)
  • Member, Saskatchewan Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (SYPE)
  • Member, Saskatchewan Environmental Industry & Managers’ Association (SEIMA)
  • Team Finland

Miller Thomson LLP:

Miller Thomson’s dedication to its lawyers, staff and the communities in which we practise, gives us a distinctive position in the Canadian legal industry.

With 500 lawyers across Canada in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Markham, and Montréal, the firm offers a complete range of business, advocacy and personal legal services to corporations, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, governments, not-for-profit organizations and individuals.

Through strategic growth, Miller Thomson has added enhanced capabilities, depth and resources in many core and specialty areas of expertise in the firm. Today, we are exceptionally well-positioned to help domestic and international decision-makers with all their Canadian legal needs.

 Miller Thomson’s History:

Formed in 1957 as Miller, Thomson, Hicks & Sedgewick, it is now one of Canada’s leading business law firms.

Starting with just six Toronto lawyers, Miller Thomson’s practice underwent two dramatic periods of growth. The first was through the 1960s, and again between 1992-2007 through a series of mergers with well-respected firms and practices that have helped build a strong national presence for Miller Thomson.

Through strategic growth, the firm has added enhanced capabilities, depth and resources to serve its steadily expanding domestic and international client base.

With 11 offices country-wide, Miller Thomson can cover Canada better than any other firm.

 

Alan Cofman

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation and ADR
  • Transportation Law
  • Administrative Law

Background

Alan was admitted to the bars of Upper Canada (Ontario) and British Columbia in 2006 after obtaining his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Ottawa in 2005.  He holds a Master of Arts degree from Carleton University (2002) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia (1999).  Alan also obtained a certificat de compétence en français while completing his studies and has a strong working knowledge of French.

Prior to joining Fernandes Hearn, Alan practiced in the Vancouver office of a large national firm and in a small Toronto litigation boutique, where he had a varied practice in all manner of civil, commercial and insurance litigation.  He now focuses his practice on transportation law and casualty claims and related insurance and commercial litigation.

Alan has represented clients in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the British Columbia Supreme and Provincial Courts, and various other courts across Canada, including leave applications before the Supreme Court of Canada.  He has also appeared before various administrative tribunals and arbitration panels.

Away from his desk, Alan plays soccer and other sports with the same enthusiasm that he brings to the law, albeit with admittedly less dependable results.  He also participates in several professional associations and volunteers heavily in the community.

Education

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2006)
  • Admitted to British Columbia Bar (2006)
  • LL.B., University of Ottawa (2005)
  • Certificat de compétence en français, level 2 of 4 (2005)
  • M.A., Carleton University (2002)
  • B.A., University of British Columbia (1999)

Memberships

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association / Ontario Bar Association (executive at large, National Maritime Law Section)
  • The Marine Club
  • Canadian Maritime Law Association
  • Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Toronto Transportation Club
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
  • The Annex Shul
  • Makom Toronto

 

Susan H. Abramovitch

Susan Abramovitch is one of Canada’s leading entertainment lawyers. She is a Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner with a practice that covers all aspects of transactions and disputes related to music, film, television, videogames, branded entertainment, sports, live theatre, multimedia and book publishing.

Having been immersed in the entertainment industry for over 20 years, Susan works with many prominent Canadian and international artists, companies and brands. She applies her unparalleled expertise, connections and passion to protect her clients’ interests and get them the best deals possible. Her services cover all areas of entertainment law, including:

  • Drafting and negotiating contracts and agreements
  • Advising on deal terms and structures
  • Assisting in dispute resolution
  • Counselling on international industry standards
  • Managing rights acquisitions

Consistently ranked as a top lawyer by her clients and peers in prestigious national and international guides from Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal and the Legal Media Group, Susan received a 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award in recognition of her leadership and expertise. She has also been named one of Toronto’s 50 most influential people by Toronto Life magazine.

Susan’s past experience includes serving as head of the entertainment group of another large law firm, and as founding partner of one of Canada’s premier entertainment law boutiques. She also practised in the New York and Paris offices of Debevoise & Plimpton, specializing in international M&A. After graduating from McGill University as a gold medallist in both the Civil and National Law programs, Susan clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Gérard V. La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Susan is heavily involved in the legal community as a teacher and mentor. She is the program director for Osgoode Hall Law School’s Continuing Legal Education Certificate in Entertainment Law, and is a course lecturer in entertainment law at McGill University’s Faculty of Law (where she is also a past faculty advisory board member). She also lectures at Osgoode Hall, the University of Toronto’s Faculties of Music and Law, McGill University’s Desautels School of Management and Faculty of Music, and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.

Licensed to practise law in Ontario, Québec and New York, Susan offers legal services in both English and French.

Paul Albi, Q.C.

Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, with a concentration in finance and economics. His family law practice emphasizes complex commercial and financial issues, including issues involving multiple jurisdictions and sophisticated trusts. He also has significant experience in shareholders’ remedies, forensic accounting and regulatory matters.

Paul has consistently been independently rated as one of British Columbia’s leading family law lawyers by Lexpert® and Best Lawyers in Canada, two prominent peer-review publications. Paul has also been featured in B.C. Business Magazine in an article profiling British Columbia’s best lawyers.

Paul has served several terms on each of the firm’s management and finance committees. From September of 1998 until December of 2004, he served as National Managing Partner of the former Canadian firm.  During this period and under his leadership, the firm expanded significantly and became the only British Columbia-based national law firm in Canada, with offices in all major Canadian cities.

A significant contributor to the legal community, Paul is published and lectures frequently.

rom June 2006 to June 2009, Paul was head of the former Canadian firm’s forty member Vancouver litigation department. He is also the founder (1979) and head of the former Canadian firm’s Vancouver Family Law Group.

From 2006 to 2012, Paul was a member of the Law Society of British Columbia’s Audit Committee.

Firm Overview:

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.

We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.

Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.

Khaled Abdel-Barr

Khaled practises mining law, providing legal support for mineral exploration activities and mine development and operations. He advises on acquisitions and dispositions of mines and mining projects both domestically and around the world, mine financing and on a broad range of mining-related matters, including the negotiation of earn-in, joint venture, strategic alliance, royalty and streaming agreements, mineral title review and all aspects of the mining cycle. He has extensive experience advising mining clients in Canada’s northern territories.

Khaled also advises clients in the energy sector, having significant experience dealing with contractual issues in connection with the purchase and sale of energy and other energy-related transactions.

In addition, Khaled practises general corporate and commercial law, advising clients on a range of commercial transactions, both domestic and cross-border.

Khaled is recognised by Who’s Who Legal: MiningChambers GlobalCanadian Legal Lexpert Directory; the Lexpert Special Edition: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining; and Best Lawyers in Canadafor mining law.

Khaled is a member, and at-large trustee, of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; and a member of the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

Khaled is called to the bars of British Columbia (1996) and Nunavut (2012). He is a frequent writer and speaker on topics related to mining law.

Lawson Lundell is distinguished as one of the only Canadian law firms with a full mining practice that offers the complete range of legal services to the industry. The firm is experienced in every kind of mining transaction and has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the mining industry.