Canadian Lawyer InHouse

October/November 2020

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16 www.canadianlawyermag.com/inhouse GC PROFILE and operational success," says Korbak. Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic presented Korbak with the opportunity to reflect on the different ways in which she has developed responses to crises throughout her career and to build on that foundation in order to manage the current crisis. "There is no playbook," she says. "Some- times, lawyers are slaves to precedents, so how do you deal with the unknown? One of the things that was clear to me when I came to Toromont was that I needed to make sure I really had a deep understanding of the business, and I still see it as my primary goal to keep developing that understanding because that's how I'm able to respond to what's most critical. Any crisis that we encounter — but particularly this pandemic — tests our perceptions of what's most important and takes it back to our disciplines and our core functions that make a company successful." "It was the perfect fit for me to join Toromont at the cusp of its next stage and to be working with a company that had such great prospects for the future." Another bright spot amid the pandemic crisis has been the simplicity of focus and the removal of external distractions, says Korbak, while the ambiguity of the situation has been more challenging. "When announcements are being made every single day and things are changing on a dime, how do you interpret that and then cascade it down through your business and collaborate and respond to the critical facts?" she says. As an essential service provider, Toromont stayed in operation during the pandemic that paralyzed many industries, so ensuring the safety of employees was a critical role for the legal team. "That has been one of the very significant challenges; navigating how we operate the business through the pandemic and keep FIND LEADING CANADIAN LAWYERS Visit lexpert.ca/500 to find a ranked lawyer The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada is the most comprehensive annual guide to Canada's top legal talent, profiling the lawyers most recommended by their peers in 38 practice areas. You can use the guide to: make informed business decisions validate your choices stay on top of Canadian legal issues In addition to extensive lawyer bios with photos, the directory also features: contributions from leading practitioners across Canada highlights of cross-border issues recent developments in their practice areas When you are looking for specialized legal counsel, turn to the resource that showcases peer-ranked Canadian legal talent. Lexpert - ALM House Ad_.indd 2 3/22/2020 12:04:54 AM

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