Canadian Lawyer

September 2020

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TOP 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL SPECIAL REPORT 26 BUSINESS MALCOLM RUBY Toronto Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP Malcolm Ruby's practice areas include class actions, product liability and trans- border disputes. In Toth v. Canada, 2019 FC 125, Ruby headed Gowling WLG's team that acted on behalf of a class of disabled Canadian veterans. He assisted in reaching a final settlement agreement that awarded members of the class compensation for harm caused by discriminatory policies and practices. This nationally certified class proceeding was notable because the firm liaised with the Canada Revenue Agency to prevent income tax deductions from the settlement or the imposition of reporting requirements. He also served as lead counsel in Canada (Attorney General) v. Galderma Canada Inc., 2019 FCA 196, which was named by Managing Intellectual Property America as its "Impact Case of the Year." Ruby has represented prominent clients such as the U.S. government, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Ontario Securities Commission, but he has also gone out of his way to act on behalf of vulnerable groups. BUSINESS SELENA KIM Toronto Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP Selena Kim focuses her practice on all areas of intellectual property, including patents, designs, copyrights and trademarks. Kim is a specialist in intellectual property for patents, trademarks and copyrights, certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and is the first woman designated as a specialist for patents in the law society's history. She is also a patent agent registered with both the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is experienced in patent litigation, particularly involving patents for complex mechanical, electronic and chemical inventions. Recently, she successfully litigated and obtained a permanent injunction on behalf of a patentee in a case pertaining to a patented manufacturing procedure for polymer pipes. Beyond her legal practice, she actively participates in numerous professional associations, such as the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and the American Bar Association. She sits as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Intellectual Property, published by the Federated Press, and as chairwoman of the board of Autism in Mind. She also spearheads GROW, Gowling WLG's networking and professional development group for women. BUSINESS SUE-LYNN NOEL Mississauga Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Purolator Canada Aside from performing the important role of managing Purolator Canada's board of directors, Sue-Lynn Noel also co-chairs its diversity and inclusion leadership council. Noel stepped up to spearhead the organization's actions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She was instrumental in numerous crucial aspects of its crisis response, including assisting in handling a complicated logistics solution for bringing personal protective equipment into the country, furnishing security to the warehouse and facilitating testing by Health Canada. She also helped the organization in navigating force majeure clauses and in adhering with the applicable regulations. Throughout the process, she prioritized the health and safety of employees, as well as the organization's health, to protect and to create jobs. In an industry that faces numerous challenges and is prone to disruptions, she works to ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day business operations by guiding the organization's strategy and by planning for its future. Her skills as a business lawyer include negotiation and legal drafting.

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