Canadian Lawyer InHouse

December/January 2021

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Page 16 of 43 15 "I think we're definitely a leader as one of the few public companies in New Brunswick on the ESG front, and it's an exciting opportunity for us to serve as a role model, both in the province and also in the industry." more of a tedious, mandatory step." In addition to offering legal advice to colleagues around the world through Lawyer's Corner, McLaughlin also relies on a solid network of trusted international legal advisors as well as legal expertise in Atlantic Canada to navigate local laws. The COVID-19 pandemic crisis presented the senior leadership team at Major Drilling with an urgent and complex problem, as the company operates across multiple jurisdic- tions around the world, maintaining field operations and offices in Canada, the United States, Mexico, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. A crisis response team was quickly launched, and McLaughlin's work shifted to a greater focus on potential liabilities that could arise as a result of the pandemic, while continuing to provide service Right-sized Thinking® • 1-800-323-3781 • 2019-20 TOP 10 O N TA R I O R E G I O N A L F I R M From the complex to the simple; our range of expertise enables us to handle whatever size or type of legal issue you may have. We are committed to providing forward-thinking and flexible legal counsel while maintaining client service excellence. That's what we like to call Right-sized Thinking®. No Matter the Size or Type of Case, We Can Handle It to employees around the world. McLaughlin's goal for 2021 is to expand his network across Canada by making connec- tions with other general counsel with whom he can share ideas. "Many of us work in silos and specific pockets, and given the nature of our profes- sion, we tend to hold information pretty close to our chests as lawyers, and that's generally wise, but I think when it comes to great ideas, we should be a bit more open to making an exception," he says. With that in mind, McLaughlin is working with McCarthy Tétrault to host an online platform for the in-house counsel community to share innovative, concrete and practical ideas for projects. "We need to collectively add value to the organizations that we serve," he says.

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