The in-house legal team at Thales, a global technology, defence and infrastructure research and development company is led in Canada by Daniel Marion, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for North America and vice president of legal and contracts. Thales operates five global research centres and is widely acknowledged as a leader in research and production of urban railways, civil aviation, cyber security and the defence and security markets. In Canada, Thales has seven locations with a focus on artificial intelligence, employing 1,800 people and earning C$500m. The multitalented and highly praised legal team has been key in partnership and contract negotiations throughout the past year. Specific highlights include the partnership with Bell Helicopter, a Textron company, to develop flight control systems for its vertical take-off and landing aircraft and on-demand mobility system. Additionally, the Thales announced the opening of a new location in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as a defence research and development centre to support the Royal Canadian Navy’s AJISS Program, a service contract for Arctic and offshore patrol ships, and joint support ships.