2018 Rising Stars Award Winners


Katy Pitch, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

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As a member of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP’s Tax Practice, Katy Pitch focuses on all areas of domestic and crossborder Corporate Income Tax Law, both public and private, and specializes in the taxation of executive compensation. Pitch is a member of the firm’s M&A Practice group and the Business Development and Student Committees. She has gone paperless in her practice and is frequently asked to participate in firm technology projects, including its document management system. Pitch authors user-friendly tax content for Tax Law Updates. She champions the firm’s women’s and green initiatives and is a member and speaker at Global Equity Organization. She supports the RBC’s Race for the Kids in support of Sunnybrook, volunteers with Ledbury Park Elementary School and Holy Blossom Synagogue and is an assistant coach of the North Toronto AAA Rookieball baseball team.

Christine Plante, Bennett Jones LLP

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Christine Plante’s general Commercial Litigation practice at Bennett Jones LLP has an emphasis on Civil Fraud Recovery, Employment Law and Shareholder Disputes. She has done fraud recovery litigation, including various Mareva injunctions, attachment orders and Anton Piller orders. Plante has developed an expertise in handling sensitive workplace investigations, including sexual harassment complaints and frauds. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, she has adapted her workplace investigation expertise to address complaints of sexual harassment, assault and discrimination. Plante organizes and edits the annual updates for textbooks Employee Obligations and Illness and Disability in the Workplace. She is a member of the Human Resources Committee and Board of Directors of the Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and provides pro bono assistance in litigation, human resource and workplace investigations to Calgary-based not-for-profits, including Calgary Legal Guidance and Wordfest.

Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

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Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy specializes in Intellectual Property Litigation at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP and has experience in litigating copyright, patent and trademark matters. She provides strategic advice in the procurement and enforcement of global brands in a variety of industries, with a focus on pharmaceuticals. Prior to attaining her law degree, Punniyamoorthy obtained a BSc in molecular biology. She has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada twice and won both times and she has been asked to testify in the Senate Hearings on Copyright Law Reform. She writes for some of Canada’s leading IP publications, serves on the Canada Amicus committee of the International Trademarks Association and is a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Punniyamoorthy is on the Advisory Board of Canadian Tamil Professionals Association and is Director of Girls Inc. of York Region. She is Chair of the Ontario Bar Association IP-IT Section.