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Rita C. Andreone, QC

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Practices

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Rita advises public, public sector (Crown) and private corporations, large and small. Her varied practice requires her to keep current on many areas of law and various industries and focuses on:

  • Advising on corporate governance/risk management,
  • Director/officer/trustee orientations, codes of conduct,
  • Negotiating and structuring private equity (Fund and Direct) Investments (Domestic/International),
  • Advising tax-exempt entities,
  • Pension plan investment,
  • Debt/equity financings,
  • Mergers and acquisitions,
  • Hospitality/hotel management franchise and lease arrangements,
  • Significant real estate asset management and property management arrangements,
  • Government relations, and
  • Natural resources (options, joint ventures, and project development).

Rita has substantial experience as both a director and corporate secretary of corporations and societies.  She co-authored a chapter on corporate governance in Canada in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Governance annually from 2013 to 2015. Rita has obtained her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman School of Management. 

Rita is a founding member of Lawson Lundell’s Northwest Territories office. She is also the Chair of Lawson Lundell’s Executive Committee.

Recognition and Ranking

  • 2017 Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Corporate Governance Practice and Private Funds law
  • 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards: nominated in the Business & the Professions category
  • 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Corporate Governance Practice and Private Funds law
  • 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Private Funds law
  • 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Private Funds law
  • Appointed Queens Counsel in 2011
  • 2011 Lexpert Zenith Award: recognized for Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility for her outstanding work and long-standing dedication in the area of Corporate Governance
  • The Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) Diversity 50 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated

Professional Activities

  • 2007- (Present) Women Lawyers Forum, Mentor
  • September 2014, Institute of Corporate Directors
  • September 2014, Institute of Corporate Directors Rotman - Directors Education Program
  • Law Society of BC, Fourth-term Bencher (to 2014)
  • 2013, Leading Legal Practitioner Participant in "A Canadian Model of Corporate Governance: Insights from Canada's Leading Legal Practitioners", author Carol Liao, funded by the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research
  • 2013, Member, Governance Committee; 2012, Member, Governance Task Force
  • 2013, Vice-Chair Audit Committee; 2010-2012, Chair, Audit Committee 
  • 2012, Member, Ethics Committee
  • 2010-2012, Member, Finance Committee
  • 2010-2012, Insurance Liason (Bencher)
  • 2008-2011 Member, Acts and Rules Subcommittee, Law Society of BC
  • 2009-2011 Chair, Practice Standards Committee, Law Society of BC
  • 2008 Chair, Discipline Committee; 2007, Vice-Chair; Member 2003-2006; Conduct Review Panelist and Credential Hearings Panelist, Law Society of BC; Chambers Bencher
  • 2006-2011 BC Member – Federal Judicial Advisory Committee – responsible for the recommendation for appointment of judges to the Federal and Superior Courts of BC
  • 2006-2009 Independence and Self Governance Committee/Advisory Committee
  • Regulatory Policy Committee, Vice-Chair, 2007 
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Past, Regional Chair (4 years)
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member

Community Activities

  • Italian Chamber of Commerce (BC & Alberta), Member, Past Director
  • Associazione Giuliani-Dalmati di Vancouver
  • Past member of a prominent hotel company's women business traveller advisory committee

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (1989)
  • Northwest Territories (1994 - 2012, Retired)
  • Nunavut (1999 - 2012, Retired)
  • Queen's Counsel, British Columbia (2011)

Education

  • University of British Columbia (B.A., 1985)
  • University of Victoria (J.D., 1988)
  • Directors Education Program (Completion, 2014), Institute of Corporate Directors and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management 

Languages

  • Italian

This is not published at the request of clients. 

Rita regularly presents on such topics as: corporate governance, legal ethics, director obligations and liability issues, Sarbanes-Oxley-type impacts on private issuers, pension plan investment in real estate.

Past lectures include: mine reclamation, mine reclamation security, environmental risks, issues for travel retailers, surface and subsurface land and mining regimes in British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and constitutional framework of the North.