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Celebrating Excellence on International Women’s Day – Legal Department Performance


Canada: Celebrating Excellence on International Women’s Day

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To strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we lift them.

Every year on March 8, the world comes together to honor the cultural, economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. It is also an urgent call to action for every individual because each of us, regardless of gender, has an important role to play in accelerating women’s equality, today and every day.

As we reflect on this day, we recognize the phenomenal women in our firm. Here are some of their stories:

esther zhang

Esther who, in addition to being our talented new Web Designer and Graphic Designer, is an inspiring young woman. Nearly nine years ago, when Esther was in her early twenties, she made the courageous choice to emigrate alone from China to Canada and study graphic design in Vancouver. It was the first time she left home and even traveled abroad. Throughout her journey of navigating a foreign language and culture, Esther’s curiosity and tenacity have helped her gracefully overcome every challenge along the way.

Lori McLellan

Lori is known as a “paralegal extraordinaire” within the firm, a reputation she has built over her 23 years with us. Not only is she capable of providing exceptional customer service, but she is also considered the “glue” of the Capital Markets, Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions group. Lori is a real team player and we are so lucky to have her with us!

Nafeesa Valli-Hasham

Nafeesa is a partner in the firm and advises entrepreneurs and businesses in various sectors on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. One of Nafeesa’s superpowers is its ability to take on challenges and find creative solutions for its clients. Along with managing a busy practice, she is committed to giving back to the community. Nafeesa is passionate about creating opportunities for everyone to thrive and perform at their best. Nafeesa mentors junior lawyers and volunteers with local organizations to help build happy, healthy and inclusive communities.

Rochal Arjun

Rochal, who is a legal administrative assistant in the Commercial Real Estate group, always comes to work with a big smile on her face and her warm welcome immediately puts us in a good mood. Rochal is always happy to help with anything asked of her, and in addition to all her work here, she devotes some of her free time to furthering her education.

Rosemary John

Rosemary’s wealth of Canadian and international legal experience, along with her dedication to her clients, helped her become Co-Chair of our thriving Banking, Insolvency and Restructuring Group. But these attributes only tell part of the story. Rosemary’s empathetic and inclusive approach to leadership has strengthened the team by celebrating each member’s contributions and experience. She makes it a point to create space for all voices within her team to bounce ideas off and get feedback. She also has a witty sense of humor which is greatly appreciated by all!

Sarah Jones

Sarah is incredibly busy in her day-to-day practice and still finds time to focus on her role as Chair of our dynamic Commercial Real Estate Group, as well as her role as Reporting Partner. She has an awful lot of responsibility within the company, and yet she has a superhuman skill to handle it all effortlessly and smoothly. Her approach is thoughtful and caring, she takes the time to understand and get to know each of her collaborators, which is important in building a close-knit team.

Tiej Dapp

Tiej has been with the company for just over eight years, starting in a junior HR role. She was recently promoted to Manager of Legal Support Services and Staff Recruitment and does so with great pride. Since January 2021 alone, we have hired 63 new people to the firm and Tiej has been instrumental in recruiting them (that’s a lot of interviews!). She enjoys being in a busy environment and likes to brighten people’s day.

Veronique Franco

Veronica leads our practice in charge of Strata Property while also playing an instrumental role as a reporting partner within our firm. Her caring approach to every situation is invaluable – she has the innate ability to make everyone feel understood. Additionally, Veronica has an amazing memory and always remembers details to ensure that every member of the team feels valued.

Learn more about International Women’s Day and how you can help #BreakTheBias here: www.internationalwomensday.com/

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