2018 Zenith Award Winners
Charles McCarragher leads TD’s Contracts and Real Estate Law teams. He has been instrumental in driving and/or leading a number of transformational projects for TD and, having a strong focus on professional development, he proactively identifies career opportunities for his team and works with them to facilitate flexible working arrangements to accommodate personal and family needs. McCarragher also supports TD’s Women in Leadership program and he is the Legal Department leader for the 2016 United Way campaign. He has volunteered as a Director of The Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
Estate and Personal Tax Planning
Estate and trusts lawyer Troy McEachren counsels private clients, businesses, investment groups, trust companies and philanthropists, and provides legal, strategic and policy advice and services to a wide range of charities and non-profit organizations. He teaches the succession and tax planning course in the Master of Laws (Taxation) program at HEC Montreal, which is the graduate business school of the Université de Montréal,, and is currently working on a project to update the Quebec Companies Act. Of Mi’kmaq origin, McEachren is currently volunteering his time to set up a new Mi’kmaq band in his hometown of Stephenville, Newfoundland.
Computer and IT Law
Dan Michaluk advises management on a range of issues related to information security and data management, anti-spam (CASL), privacy and freedom of information. He acts frequently as a “breach coach,” helping guide organizations to respond to data security incidents. Michaluk has helped Canadian post-secondary institutions manage complex human risks by obtaining and processing threat-related information, and his work on violence prevention at post-secondary institutions is now focused on the problem of sexual violence. Michaluk appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark workplace privacy case R. v. Cole, and his blog, All About Information, has won two Canadian Law Blog Awards.
Pensions & Employee Benefits
Lisa Mills is an employer-side pension and benefits lawyer, responsible for BMKP’s finance portfolio. Mills served as a member, and later Chair, of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute’s Ottawa Chapter. She developed and subsequently taught the pension law course for Queen’s University Faculty of Law. Mills co-authored the Public Pensions title of the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest from 2012-2015. She also became involved with the special education advisory committee of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, representing the interests of special needs students on the Board’s Advisory Committee for Extended Day and Child Care Programs.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Brad Newby practises corporate commercial, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance & securities, and corporate governance law. He has become a trusted advisor to many of BC’s leading corporations, private-equity firms, family offices and entrepreneurs. Newby serves on the firm’s Strategic Committee and he is a key member of the Technology Committee. He is a founder of the firm’s Private Enterprise Advisory Services Group and plays a central role in the professional development of the firm’s students and junior lawyers. He also mentors law students at the Professional Legal Training Course. He is a former Director of the Vancouver Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.