Canadian Lawyer InHouse

October/November 2021

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Page 8 of 35 7 Westcourt GC promoted to president Janice Dubiansky has been appointed president of investment advisory firm, Westcourt Capital, where she previously served as EVP and general counsel and a member of the senior leadership team. Dubiansky, who joined the company in 2019, will oversee its legal affairs and corporate initiatives, act as a strategic advisor to the executive team and departmental heads in relation to key business and management issues, and continue managing the due diligence and research teams in her new position. Dubiansky also held the role of director, legal — tax and estates at Westcourt. Bianca Thomas climbs the ranks at BMO Bianca Thomas has been promoted to senior counsel in the derivatives legal group within capital markets legal at BMO Financial Group. Named among Lexpert's Rising Stars winners in 2020, Thomas focuses on complex metal, equity and derivatives transactions and the continuing expansion of the precious and base metals businesses at BMO. She structures complex products for the metals business and has worked on innovative products, including the end-to-end development of BMO's first restrictive inventory financing facility in 2019. This product made history at the bank, and BMO has since offered this product to other clients in different industries. Sylvie Bourdon adds to her remit at CMHC Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has promoted Sylvie Bourdon to general counsel, VP, people and culture. She previously spent two years as VP, legal affairs. In this role, she led her team to deliver all the initiatives that the government asked CMHC to implement and manage all legal matters surrounding these initiatives. For example, the legal department has taken a lead role in supporting the development and delivery of the federal government's Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program, which offers relief to small businesses experiencing financial hardship during the pandemic. Peter Brauti brings business expertise to new role Wondr Gaming Corp. has appointed Peter Brauti as its general counsel and strategic advisor. Brauti is the co- managing partner of Brauti Thorning LLP; co-owner of NHL franchise, the Seattle Kraken; and the Hockey Canada Foundation director. He has been co-chairperson of the federal justice department's Trial Advocacy Program and a federal Crown Attorney. Wondr Gaming, a publicly-traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange, seeks to form partnerships and promote community within the gaming and e-sports industries by creating and acquiring new assets. Mining company welcomes legal expert Vancouver-based mining company, Mantaro Silver Corp., has announced Dr. Jorge Masson Pazos's appointment as Peruvian general manager and legal counsel. Pazos spent over 30 years as a partner at the Lima-based firm, Estudio Navarro & Pazos Abogados, focusing his practice on labour law and civil law, including social security and tax issues connected to the employment relationship. His other legal practice areas include property, land, water and mining, constitutional and administrative law, litigation and arbitration. He has acted for national and transnational clients in numerous significant cases. Peter Cho returns to General Motors of Canada Peter Cho has resumed his position as vice president and lead counsel for General Motors of Canada after completing a three-year stint as vice president and lead counsel at GM Korea. He is also a member of the Canadian Executive Council and the General Motors of Canada Board of Directors. Prior to joining General Motors of Canada in 2015, Cho was general counsel and head of government relations as well as chief compliance officer and privacy officer at Volkswagen Group Canada, including Audi Canada and Bentley Motors Canada.

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