Hansell LLP and Hansell McLaughlin Advisory Build Offering with Four Strategic Hires

Added Depth to Integrated Approach to Managing Risk and Reputation

TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Hansell LLP and Hansell McLaughlin Advisory today announced four key hires to add increased depth, experience and talent to the firms' unique offering in the Canadian marketplace.

"Successful organizations need to fully understand and manage a wide range of risk and reputational issues," said Carol Hansell, founder of Hansell LLP and a principal with Hansell McLaughlin Advisory. "They must consider the horizon of legal, governance, political, regulatory, and communication challenges, and we were first to provide that kind of integrated advice.  Today, we are proud to welcome four new colleagues to our growing team of professionals, each of whom have the skills and experience to provide new perspectives and insights for our clients."

Susan Kushneryk has joined Hansell LLP as Partner and Hansell McLaughlin Advisory as Government Relations Advisor. She brings a wealth of experience in law, government, and regulatory matters. Ms. Kushneryk was most recently Director of Policy in the Office of the Attorney General of Ontario, where she provided advice and leadership across government ministries on a range of legal and policy matters. Prior to joining the Attorney General, Ms. Kushneryk served as Senior Enforcement Counsel at the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), Enforcement Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and as a litigator with two national law firms.

Milton Chan has joined Hansell LLP as Counsel and Hansell McLaughlin Advisory as Senior Consultant.  Mr. Chan has extensive public policy and regulatory experience, having most recently been the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation with the Government of Ontario. Prior to that role, he was Director of Strategy and Operations in the Office of the Premier of Ontario and served for several years as Enforcement Counsel at IIROC. He also chaired the Scarborough Panel of the Property Standards Committee for the City of Toronto, a quasi-judicial body that hears appeal of charges of municipal code violations.

Veronica Clayton joined Hansell LLP earlier in 2016 as a Consultant. She is a seasoned law clerk and manager, with more than 25 years of experience with the majority of her career at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. She has expertise in the effective organization, management and utilization of corporate services departments and corporate software solutions. She has also assisted on complex transactions including the completion of due diligence, rectification, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, the sale of businesses, private and public company debt financings, equity financings, real property financings, incorporations, amalgamation, continuances, dissolutions and ongoing corporate maintenance. Ms. Clayton is a Fellow member at the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario and a speaker at their annual conferences. She is also a former member of the International Practice Management Association.

Harlan Tufford joins as a Governance Research Analyst in Hansell Board Evaluations, which provides expert, independent guidance to boards in identifying opportunities to enhance their effectiveness. Mr. Tufford has in-depth analytical and capital markets experience combined with a thorough knowledge of Canadian boards and corporate governance best practices. Mr. Tufford was most recently an Associate with Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) where he conducted original research, contributed to national policy guidelines, and provided clients with informed voting recommendations at Canadian shareholders' meetings. Prior to ISS, Mr. Tufford was a Research Analyst at the Clarkson Centre at the Rotman School of Management where he assessed governance and compensation practices among S&P/TSX Composite Index companies and had this work published in the Globe & Mail's annual "Board Games" feature.

Ron McLaughlin, principal in Hansell McLaughlin Advisory said "Susan and Milton both have significant public policy and political experience coming out of Queen's Park, combined with extensive provincial and national networks that will provide our clients with unparalleled insights into government. Veronica's skills are crucial to serving clients' complex enterprise challenges, while Harlan brings experience from one of the leading international proxy advisory firms, which will be of enormous benefit for issuers and investors in the public markets."

About Hansell LLP

Hansell LLP provides expert, independent legal and governance counsel to businesses, their directors, shareholders and other stakeholders. From navigating critical situations to designing effective governance strategies, Hansell LLP has experience in all aspects of corporate governance that are important to our clients.

About Hansell McLaughlin Advisory

Hansell McLaughlin Advisory helps clients assess risk, navigate the regulatory environment, identify governance solutions and manage impact on reputation. The first-of-its-kind firm is affiliated with Hansell LLP. Together, they deliver integrated legal, governance, government relations and communication advice.

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For further information: Peter Block, 416.649.9012, pblock@hanselladvisory.com, www.hanselladvisory.com

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