2018 Rising Stars Award Winners


Kyle Kashuba, Torys LLP

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Kyle Kashuba’s practice at Torys LLP focuses on all aspects of Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency. He also has significant experience in Real Estate, Retail and Manufacturing Insolvencies. Kashuba has served as counsel to many insolvency professionals in their capacities as monitors, receivers and trustees and he has served secured and unsecured creditors, and financially challenged public and private corporations. In his first year of partnership, he was appointed as amicus curiae counsel to the Court of Appeal of Alberta in a complex insolvency case, Canada (National Revenue) v. Meyers Norris Penny Limited. Kashuba has volunteered with Calgary Legal Guidance, where he regularly advises clients on a variety of matters and trains other lawyers on Insolvency Law matters, as well as the John Howard Society, Student Legal Services and Pro Bono Students Canada. He serves as an Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association (National) Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Section.

Robynne Blaine Kazina, Taylor McCaffrey LLP

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Robynne Kazina provides advice on Family Law matters at Taylor McCaffrey LLP. She has been involved in complex family property accountings dealing with high net-worth clients that involve issues surrounding family trusts and sophisticated corporate structures. Her cases include S.L.A.K. v. A.S.H., the first contested adoption trial in Manitoba dealing with birth fathers’ rights, in which she successfully obtained an Order of Adoption for her clients. Kazina has a Masters of Social Work in addition to her law degree and she has developed a new practice area for her firm in Fertility Law. Recognizing a trend in family law towards mediation and collaboration, she has positioned herself as an expert in Collaborative Law. Kazina has been a Board Member of Families in Transition and volunteered with the Legal Help Centre to advance access to justice initiatives. She is incoming Chair of the Manitoba Bar Association’s Family Subsection.

Matthew Kindree, Pallett Valo LLP

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Matthew Kindree practises in the areas of Banking and Finance, Financial Services, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, and Corporate Reorganizations and Restructurings at Pallett Valo LLP. He has particular expertise in leading and coordinating complex, multijurisdictional transactions and corporate reorganizations. Kindree has been designated as a Specialist in CorporateCommercial Law by the Law Society of Ontario and as a Specialist in Corporate Finance by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association (Business Law Section) and sits on the Board of Directors of the Randstad Canada Charitable Foundation. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Kindree is a mentor to students and associates, and devotes time to assist in their learning and growth. He has chaired the Ontario Bar Association’s MBA in a Day for Transactional Lawyers for the past five years.

Josée Kouri, Dollarama INC.

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Josée Kouri is Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary of Dollarama, a TSX-listed company with 1,160 stores and a market cap of more than $16 billion. Since joining in 2011 as Dollarama’s first in-house counsel, Kouri has navigated complex legal, financial and operational issues, overseeing all legal matters associated with the company’s growth in Canada and its joint venture in South America. She oversees all legal aspects of the business, including Commercial, Corporate and Securities laws, Governance, Corporate Finance, Banking, Real Estate, Regulatory, Litigation and IP. Kouri has led numerous financing transactions, including participating in negotiating an eight-year strategic agreement and leading the negotiation of Dollarama’s current credit facilities. She has built the company’s Legal Affairs group and now has a team of four lawyers and one paralegal. Kouri serves as an ambassador for the Educaloi fundraising campaign.