Andrew MacDougall (Toronto) is a partner in the firm's OSLER LLP Business Law Department and a respected advisor to boards and in-house counsel on a wide variety of general corporate and commercial legal issues.
These matters include corporate reorganizations and restructurings, corporate governance matters, corporate disclosure obligations, the conduct of company meetings and executive compensation matters, including stock options.
Andrew is experienced in all types of merger and acquisition transactions including asset acquisitions and dispositions, public and private share purchase transactions, share subscriptions and investments, take-over bids, issuer bids, amalgamations and going-private transactions. He also advises individuals and companies on various forms of commercial alliances including shareholder, partnership and joint venture agreements. In the corporate finance area, he provides comprehensive advice on private and public fundraising and investment activities, both domestic and international.
In the course of his practice, he has advised companies in the retail, mining, warehousing and telecommunication industries, among others, and was seconded to the Singapore office of Northern Telecom Limited where he assisted the company in bidding for telecommunication licenses and contract work in Asia.
Brian R. Heidecker (Edmonton) is President of Drylander Ranch Ltd, located in Coronation, Alberta. He is a director of the Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta and the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
He co-chaired the Ag Summit 2000 province-wide consultation and is actively involved in the implementation of its recommendations. He currently serves on the University of Alberta Board of Governors and director of ATB (Alberta Treasury Branches). Brian served on the Board of the Bank of Canada, the Alberta Securities Commission, and the Alberta Agricultural Financial Services Corp.
Dwight I. Bliss
Dwight Bliss is a Partner in the corporate commercial section at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, one of Canada's leading business law firms. As external and general counsel to public and private companies, he provides legal and strategic advice on mergers, acquisitions, corporate, contract, governance™ and financing matters.
Dwight is Corporate Secretary of Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK) providing external legal counsel and advice to the board of directors and senior management. He also represents an oilfield equipment distributor in export, manufacturing and financial matters in China and Canada, and is general legal counsel to a major northern Alberta forestry company.
Dwight is a Director of uDigit Systems, a not for profit information technology company that is a consortium of colleges and universities, and sits on the board of the Edmonton YMCA. He received a B.Sc. from Duke University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, and is a member of the bar in Alberta and Colorado.
Mr. Gordon Olsen (Calgary) tremendously rewarding career with the Government of Alberta, including ten years in senior capacities with Premier Ralph Klein, Gordon Olsen established his own government relations and communications business in the spring of 2003.
While in government, Gordon participated in a wide range of initiatives within the area of federal and intergovernmental affairs. He served also as the Executive Director of the Southern Alberta Office of the Premier and as a senior policy adviser to Premier Ralph Klein. This range of experience provided valuable knowledge on how federal and provincial governments work. It has also given Gordon a unique, hands-on education in Alberta's political environment as well as the province's public, business and social sectors.
Gordon serves on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Saddledome Foundation, Science Alberta Foundation and DevStudios International Inc. He has been active in the Calgary and Area United Way and Calgary Voiceprint.
GOA Inc. operates from Calgary and offers advice and assistance in matters related to public policy development, issues management, government relations and communications.
Jeffrey Uhlich B.A., MSc. HRM
Jeffrey Uhlich provides advisory services to BoardSuite in the areas of recruitment and Human Resource Management. As a career human resources professional, Jeff's career spans more than 20 years in a variety of private and public sector and consulting organizations in Canada and abroad.
With extensive experience in recruitment, compensation, employee and labour relations, training and development and organizational development Jeff believes deeply in the strategic importance of effective people management and sees Human Resources' role as enabling employees to execute strategy. Jeff has held management and senior leadership roles in a number of organizations and currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources with a Provincial Crown Corporation.
In addition to his corporate roles Jeff is a past Vice President of the Human Resource Management Association of Edmonton (HRMAE) and an entrepreneur. Jeff has developed and implemented a number of online and web-based applications to facilitate information sharing and recruitment/human resource information management.
Jeff earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science degree with a specialization in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Virgil Hlus (Vancouver) is a partner with Clark Wilson LLP and a member of the firm's Corporate Finance/Securities and Corporate Commercial Practice Groups.
Virgil has extensive experience serving companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, American Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and OTCBB. He has advised a variety of public and private companies on legal matters related to acquisitions, mergers, takeovers, initial public offerings, secondary financings, cross-border financings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, public company disclosure requirements and stock exchange listings.
Virgil advises numerous private and public companies on corporate governance, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, regulatory filings, including registration statements and periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and corporate transactions.
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