Canada 2016 – GC Powerlist

Canada 2016

Agnes Di Leonardi

General counsel, corporate secretary and director | Mazda Canada

A highly experienced and dynamic corporate lawyer, Agnes Di Leonardi boasts substantial private practice and in-house experience and has impressed peers and clients alike with her exceptional leadership qualities. Currently...

#GCPowerlist Canada 2016

Andrea Hatzinikolas

Vice president, corporate and legal | Alvopetro Energy


Andrea Hatzinikolas has been praised for the various legal roles she has taken on during her tenure at Alvopetro, currently serving as vice president, corporate and legal. Prior to this...

#GCPowerlist Canada 2016

Andrea Fellows

Director, corporate legal | Oxford Properties Group

Prior to assuming her current position as director of corporate legal at the international real estate company Oxford Properties Group, Andrea Fellows spent four years working at the Canadian law...

#GCPowerlist Canada 2016

Angela Avery

General counsel and vice president legal and business development | ConocoPhillips

Angela Avery’s legal career started in 1994 at the internationally recognised Canadian law firm Bennett Jones. After nearly five years at the firm and a one year spell in the...

#GCPowerlist Canada 2016

Annelle Wilkins

Senior vice president and general counsel | HSBC Bank Canada


Annelle Wilkins was appointed senior vice president and general counsel for HSBC Bank Canada in November 2007. She initially joined HSBC in 1995, and has held progressively more senior roles...

#GCPowerlist Canada 2016

Editor Message

For 29 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. The GC Powerlist is the latest publication from The Legal 500, turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognising those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward. The latest edition is the GC Powerlist: Canada, which identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house counsel working in those two jurisdictions.

We have canvassed opinions from law firm partners and in-house counsel across Canada, to identify corporate counsel that have been instrumental in changing or forming opinions within their company or industry; developing brilliant technical solutions to complex issues; creating innovative structures to ensure that the in-house function is driving the business forward; or providing a business working model that other corporate counsel should follow. Our team of experienced researchers assessed the nominations, speaking both to general counsel and nominating lawyers to finalise each list. GC Powerlist: Canada features not just information on why that individual has made the list, but also comment from those in-house lawyers about how they have helped shape innovation in the legal industry.

If you have feedback on the GC Powerlist: Canada, or wish to nominate other in-house individuals (either in Canada or global), please do get in touch at

We hope that this listing will stimulate debate around the role of the in-house lawyer and help corporate counsel with possible improvements and efficiencies in running their departments.

Editor |

Sponsor Message

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault logo

We are delighted to congratulate the counsel named in the inaugural GC Powerlist Canada. The impact these remarkable individuals have made on their companies, on the legal profession and on the Canadian business landscape cannot be overstated. They are innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who have left an indelible mark on our country’s economy. Next year, Canada will mark its 150th anniversary of being a nation. A nation of innovators and explorers, with a rich cultural history encompassing our indigenous people as well as new Canadians who have built their families and businesses here. This is a country still youthful and vibrant, brimming with opportunities for Canadian and international business.

Canada is one of the 10 largest industrialized countries in the world. In fact, the World Economic Forum has declared our banking system to be the soundest in the world – for the eighth consecutive year. Our economy is robust, with strong inbound and outbound investment, a thriving technology sector, and significant activity in many of the industries on which the Canadian market was built, including retail, mining, agriculture, power, infrastructure, financial services and real estate. Canada continues to be an attractive market for foreign investment. With major international trade treaties either in existence or near completion, foreign investors will be best positioned in Canada to benefit from assured preferential access. Our country is exceptionally well-placed to continue to show a strong record of growth as we have over the past decade.

McCarthy Tétrault is excited to support the prestigious GC Powerlist as they recognize those who continue to drive the legal industry forward. Many law firms resist change, content to maintain traditional ways of doing business and serving clients. But we see things differently, through a lens of opportunity, welcoming the demands of our evolving industry by developing innovative tools and solutions for our clients. Our firm provides a broad range of legal services, advising on large and complex assignments for Canadian and international interests. Built on a unique model of collaboration, innovation and efficiency, we offer unequalled legal talent, industry knowledge and practice experience. We efficiently deliver customised legal services to help our clients achieve the results that are important to them in the industries that drive Canadian business.

On behalf of all partners at McCarthy Tétrault, I applaud the corporate counsel included in the GC Powerlist Canada. We are inspired by the drive demonstrated by this exceptional group of counsel to tackle the current economic and business challenges, to harness the power of new technology, and to ask more from their law firms. I urge the international business and legal communities to look to Canada as it remains to be a great place to invest, work and live.