Canadian Lawyer InHouse

June/July 2021

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6 PEOPLE MOVES Francois Duquette named CLO of Lion Electric Lion Electric, a manufacturer of all- electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, has selected Francois Duquette to fill the newly created role of vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. Duquette previously worked for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which he joined in November 2015 as vice president, legal affairs, investment. He was then appointed as managing director, global private equity in December 2019. In his new role at Montreal-based Lion Electric, Duquette will oversee all legal and regulatory affairs and offer strategic advice to the company's senior management team and board of directors. Pembina promotes Janet Loduca Pembina Pipeline Corporation has promoted Janet Loduca to senior vice president, external affairs and chief legal and sustainability officer. Loduca oversees Pembina's legal, land, environment and regulatory, community and Indigenous affairs, government relations, communications and enterprise risk departments. She also helps to establish the company's long-term sustainability strategy and to advance its environmental, social and governance initiatives. She previously served as Pembina's general counsel and vice president, legal and sustainability. Pembina is a Calgary- based transportation and midstream service provider. SABRINA CECCARELLI has joined Lightspeed HQ as assistant general counsel, commercial, effective Apr. 26. Ceccarelli will lead the North American commer- cial legal team for Lightspeed — a Mont- real-based global provider of point-of-sale and e-commerce software. Bringing seven years of experience from Siemens, where she provided support for a diverse portfolio of project and product offerings, Ceccarelli will manage commercial and contractual work for the North American sector for Lightspeed. "First and foremost, Lightspeed is such a great Canadian success story," says Ceccarelli. "I wanted to be more specialized in the technology sector specifically, and this new role is a very good segue from what I was doing at Siemens." She also values Lightspeed's diverse, inclusive and collaborative culture. "There is a focus on excellence in terms of performance but also a very collaborative environment that's dealing with cutting-edge issues every day, so it's a great place to be for the growth and development of one's career," says Ceccarelli. Ceccarelli is happy to learn from and work alongside the rest of the almost 20-person legal team at Lightspeed, including Daniel Micak, the company's executive vice presi- dent, general counsel and corporate secretary. She also looks forward to liaising with different business teams within the organization. "Even as a lawyer, you can become a bit of an expert in the business because you're constantly learning from your business counterparts," says Ceccarelli. "I always view this legal relationship as one of a partnership with a common goal, rather than the trad- itional role of gatekeeper, so I'm really looking forward to that spirit of collaboration and that drive to achieve continued success as a team." Lightspeed was founded in 2005 by Dax Dasilva, who also serves as the CEO of the company, which now has offices in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. It is a cloud-based technology partner with more than 100,000 customer locations worldwide. The growth of the legal team will help support Lightspeed's ongoing global expansion plan. Before her role at Lightspeed, Ceccarelli was senior legal counsel at Siemens. Her role included commercial contracting, higher-value and novel commercial contracts, technological topics, procurement contracts, strategic partnership agreements and R&D agree- ments. She has also worked in corporate law at Torys LLP and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Sabrina Ceccarelli joins legal team at Lightspeed Ceccarelli embraces culture of collaboration at Montreal-based global software provider Name: Sabrina Ceccarelli Leaving: Siemens Joining: Lightspeed HQ New position: Assistant general counsel, commercial

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