Rusty Juma lives his dream as Volkswagen’s new general counsel

Success in automotive industry isn’t that different from success in professional services, he says By Julius Melnitzer | April 12, 2023 Rusty Juma has spent his entire in-house career with professional services firms; he’s also been a car aficionado all his life. So, his new job as general counsel and corporate secretary to Volkswagen Group Canada Inc. and […]

Dow’s Lorne O’Reilly relishes being a one-person show

He’s the only in-house lawyer involved in the construction of the world’s largest ethylene cracker By Julius Melnitzer | April 5, 2023 When you think of Dow Chemical, you think big, which makes it somewhat surprising that Lorne O’Reilly is the only lawyer in Dow Chemical Canada’s legal department. But he relishes the opportunities his job […]

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By Julius Melnitzer | March 30, 2023 BLG’s Pratte launches Art of Persuasion podcast Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Guy Pratte, one of Canada’s top litigators will launch The Art of Persuasion, his new podcast, on April 21. The podcast will feature conversations with notable Canadians including former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, defence counsel Marie Henein, […]

The case for employee ownership trusts

By Julius Melnitzer | March 29, 2023 Tuesday’s federal budget finally provided Canadian businesses with the promise of a vehicle — the employee ownership trust (EOT) — that incentivizes business owners to sell their businesses to their employees. The budget contemplates that rules governing the EOTs will come into effect on January 1, 2024. “EOTs […]

Zoom trials: benefits outweigh hiccups

By Julius Melnitzer | March 28, 2023 Alf Kwinter of Toronto’s Singer Kwinter, a 77-year-old icon of the plaintiff’s personal injury bar who is in his 51st year of practice, has become an advocate of the virtual Zoom trial. “I was very surprised by how well it worked, so much so that the recent move […]

Employers can’t rely on original termination clauses when employee responsibilities increase: court

By: Julius Melnitzer | March 27, 2023 The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that employers can’t rely on termination clauses when employees’ duties have escalated significantly after they signed their original employment contracts, including situations where the employee didn’t receive a promotion. In its ruling, the court relied on the changed substratum doctrine, which states […]

Devil is in the details for resource project developers in wake of landmark cumulative treaty rights decision

By Julius Melnitzer | March 23, 2023 An historic agreement between B.C. and the Blueberry River First Nation could spell greater certainty for proponents of development projects on treaty lands throughout the country. “The court recognized that it’s hard to protect historical rights when they are being assessed on a project-by-project, piecemeal basis,” said Martin […]

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