Lorene Novakowski is a leading labour, employment and privacy lawyer with a primary focus on providing strategic and timely advice to businesses and employers. She has extensive experience in employment and privacy litigation, appearing at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. Lorene advises clients on employment termination issues and administration of collective agreements, and represents employers at the Labour Board, at labour arbitrations, in court, and in human rights complaints. Working closely with the firm's Technology group, she provides advice on employment contracts and consultant agreements, non-competition clauses, and employment standards compliance. Lorene combines her keen interest in privacy law to assist clients on a vast array of privacy issues including implementing privacy policies and procedures, compliance, and strategic advice in the event of a privacy breach. She is also the regional Lead of the firm's Privacy & Information Protection group. Lorene has also acted as counsel in inquiries before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, both in public sector and private sector matters and in judicial review applications before the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
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.