Lorene Novakowski leads Fasken’s regional Privacy Group and is a member of the firm's national group on Privacy and Information Protection. A partner in Fasken’s Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group, her primary practice focuses on providing advice to clients on labour, employment and human rights issues. She has extensive experience in employment litigation, appearing at all levels of court (BC Supreme Court, BC Court of Appeal, Federal Court and Supreme Court of Canada). Lorene gives advice on employment termination issues and administration of collective agreements. She represents employers at the Labour Board, at labour arbitrations and in human rights complaints and provides advice on drafting harassment policies, conducting harassment investigations, providing training on harassment issues and duty to accommodate issues. Lorene appears as counsel in duty to accommodate cases, representing clients before the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Tribunal. She also works closely with the firm's Technology Group, providing advice to clients regarding employment contracts, consultant agreements, non-competition clauses and employment standards compliance.
On August 31, 2017 Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Otsuka), a global holistic healthcare company, acquired 100 per cent of Daiya Foods Inc. (Daiya), a privately held Vancouver based company specializing in the manufacture of plant-based foods.
Pacific West Commercial Corporation (Pacific West), an affiliate of Vancouver-based Stern Partners Inc. (Stern Partners), completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Comark Inc. (Comark). Financial terms were undisclosed.
Lion Capital and IVEST Consumer Partners acquired the business and assets of Spence Diamonds Ltd. in an all equity transaction. As part of the transaction, the Spence Diamonds Group shareholders will maintain a minority interest in the reconstituted company. Canada’s premier diamond retailer, Spence Diamonds was founded in 1978 and operates out of seven locations across Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.