Macleod Dixon LLP appoints new Chairman


    CALGARY, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - Macleod Dixon LLP is pleased to announce that the
Honourable Dan Hays P.C. has accepted the position of Chairman of the firm. As
Chairman, Mr. Hays is the firm's senior spokesman and representative in the
community and presides over meetings of the partnership. In addition to
serving as Chairman, Mr. Hays will play a lead role among those in the firm
advising clients in respect of government relations and strategic planning. He
succeeds Jack Marshall, Q.C. who served as Chairman of Macleod Dixon for seven
years. As Senior Counsel of the firm, Mr. Marshall's practice will continue to
focus on arbitration, litigation, and regulatory matters.
    The partners at Macleod Dixon are pleased to have Mr. Hays act as
Chairman, in particular, because of his leadership experience in key
parliamentary governance roles as well as being a committed internationalist.
During his five years as Speaker of the Senate, Mr. Hays made visits to some
40 countries to meet with his counterparts and other senior leaders. As well,
he hosted numerous visits of foreign government officials and leaders to
    Mr. Hays took his decision to retire from the Senate 23 years after his
appointment by Prime Minister Trudeau in 1984. As a Senator, he was a strong
advocate of senate committee work and at different times chaired the Senate
Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry and the Senate Standing
Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. Mr. Hays was
appointed as the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate in 1999,
Speaker in 2001 and Leader of the Opposition in 2006. He chaired the Senate
Special Committee on Senate Reform in 2006 and 2007. He is a Past President of
the Liberal Party of Canada.
    Born in Calgary, Mr. Hays holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of
Alberta and received his law degree from the University of Toronto. He
articled with and joined Macleod Dixon upon his call to the Alberta Bar in
1966, and later chaired the firm's executive committee for several years.
Involved in the cattle industry since 1957, Mr. Hays continues to maintain a
herd of Hays Converter cattle near Calgary.

    With over 250 legal professionals in offices in Calgary, Toronto,
Caracas, Moscow, Almaty, Atyrau and Rio de Janeiro, Macleod Dixon is one of
Canada's premiere international law firms. We serve clients around the globe
and across a wide variety of industries including energy, financial,
insurance, mining, real estate, technology and transportation.

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For further information: please contact: Anne Derby, Marketing Director,
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