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2024 WGCC National Conference
Thursday June 6, 2024

Shanin partners with professional services clients, with a focus on law firms, to identify and develop forward-looking leaders. Based in Toronto and New York, she advises C-suites on executive searches, leadership assessment, team effectiveness, and culture analysis. Shanin brings extensive experience advising high-performance, client-centric professional services firms in deeply competitive landscapes.

Previously, she was the chief people officer for the Canadian region of Norton Rose Fulbright, and was instrumental in supporting the firm’s global people and culture strategy. In that role, she developed and executed the people strategy across functions, including talent attraction and development, performance, DE&I, culture and engagement, and HR operations. Shanin has also worked on extensive corporate culture audits. Before that, she led talent management and marketing and communications teams at Stikeman Elliott, a top-tier Canadian law firm. She has also practiced law in NYC and Canada ​Shanin holds a BA (hons) in English literature from the University of Windsor, and an LLB from the University of Ottawa. She is called to the bars of Ontario and New York.

Deborah Rosati, an award-winning entrepreneur and corporate director, has been defined in three interconnected ways throughout her 35-year career – as a corporate governance champion, catalyst for change and community builder. As the founder and CEO of Women Get On Board Inc. (WGOB), a 900-member social-purpose company, Deborah is building a community of the next generation of women corporate directors. WGOB amplifies the voices of women leaders, board members and professionals across Canada through education, mentorship and allyship. It’s been called The Power of Three – one woman in the boardroom is a token, two is a presence, and three is a voice.

Deborah is a leading and serving corporate director, currently chairing the board of Profound Impact Corporation and has chaired many public company audit committees and nominating & corporate governance committees. In addition, Deborah has led and served on numerous special committees with various mandates (including going public, going private, M&A, restructuring and special investigations).

Deborah’s passion for good governance and board diversity is rooted in her board journey when she was often the only woman in the boardroom. These first-hand experiences cemented Deborah’s conviction that having more women on boards makes better business sense. Never satisfied with the status quo, Deborah always seeks ways to challenge expectations and drive change. She brings an environmental, social and governance (ESG) lens to every board she serves on, as she believes in the power and responsibility of business to change our world for the better.

As a visionary leader, Deborah recently launched Women Funding Women Inc. (WFW) with her cofounders, Sherry Shannon Vanstone and Lara Zink, to bridge the funding gap for female founders. Deborah’s commitment to sustainable change and empowerment, deep governance knowledge, financial expertise and dynamic personality have made her a sought-after thought leader and speaker. Deborah’s thought leadership on corporate governance, sustainability, EDI and social impact is profiled on her website,

Chantelle is a lawyer (Queen’s Law ‘95; ‘97 Ont. Call), Ivey Executive Coach and Certified Leadership Coach - recognized by the International Coaching Federation.

She provides talent management, leadership coaching and business development expertise to a range of clients, including several national law firms, Ivey Business School executive programs, the University of Ottawa and UBC and not-for-profit organizations. Chantelle is a leadership coach in the Women’s General Counsel University Program 2023/24.

With 14 years in talent management leadership roles at 7 Sister law firms, Chantelle brings deep expertise in high performance environments.

From 2014 – 2021, Chantelle served in senior advancement leadership roles at the University of Toronto. Most recently as Assistant Vice-President of Divisional Relations university wide. This role was responsible for strategic talent management of 400+ team members and a major gifts team portfolio delivering industry leading results.

Founding Inflection Point Coaching & Consulting in 2022, Chantelle has built a robust portfolio of remarkable clients. 

Rebecca Burrows is the General Counsel of KPMG in Canada.  She is also on the Global General Counsel Steering Group of KPMG International, and a member of the Management Committee of KPMG Law LLP.  As General Counsel, Rebecca leads the Office of General Counsel, and has overall responsibility for all legal matters affecting the firm. Prior to joining KPMG in Canada, Rebecca was a litigation partner at a major Canadian law firm practicing corporate and commercial litigation. She has been recognized as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40, and a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in Lexpert’s 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada. Since joining KPMG, Rebecca was named as a finalist in the litigation management category of the Canadian General Counsel Awards.

Rebecca is a life-long volunteer, having served as a director on a number of non-profit boards, most recently with Youth and Philanthropy Initiative and The Elizabeth Fry Society (Toronto). She has served as  Chair of the In-House Practice Group of The Advocates Society, and is a frequent speaker at legal symposiums.

Danielle Royal is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group and a member of the Management Committee in the Toronto office. Her practice focuses on class actions, complex commercial litigation and competition litigation. Danielle has appeared before all levels of Court in Ontario, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. She has represented clients on several cross-border class actions involving claims of price-fixing and conspiracy, other commercial disputes, as well as a range of product liability claims. Danielle has significant experience advising and assisting companies regarding internal investigations and responding to regulatory, criminal or quasi-criminal investigations and the class action litigation that often accompanies allegations of serious misconduct. Danielle is a former member of the Associates Committee in the Toronto office.

Danielle is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and a participating member of the Competition Law Section (Criminal Matters and Enforcement Practices and Procedures Committees). She is also a member of the Antitrust Law Section and the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association and a member of The Advocates’ Society of Ontario. Danielle is co-editor of the firm’s Product Liability Law blog and Class Actions Law blog.

Danielle is the firm’s managing partner. Danielle leads our team of exceptional lawyers, oversees overall operations and steers Henein Hutchison Robitaille strategic direction. In addition to her leadership role, Danielle maintains a busy practice. Danielle’s practice focuses on litigation and investigations with extensive experience in high-profile, complex, and sensitive matters. Danielle’s litigation experience includes defending individuals and corporations charged with criminal, regulatory and disciplinary infractions at trial and on appeal. She has been counsel on a number of high-profile, serious and complex cases. Danielle has appeared at all levels of Court in Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to her criminal and quasi-criminal defence practice, Danielle also takes on select civil matters.

Danielle is a certified workplace investigator with experience investigating sensitive matters for companies, organizations, and institutions. Frequently these mandates include allegations of wrongdoing related to regulatory non-compliance, fraud, and/or physical and sexual violence. Danielle has significant expertise in the area of police misconduct and culture having served as senior counsel to the Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch on the Independent Police Oversight Review.

Danielle is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the 2024 recognition in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, as well as Lexpert Rising Star award in 2019 and Best Lawyer recognition in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. She is a frequent speaker and educator at The National Criminal Law Conference, Law Society of Ontario, The Advocates’ Society, and Criminal Lawyers’ Association and various law schools across the country.

Danielle is also the co-author of the cited textbook “Sentencing: Principles and Practice” and the co-host of the legal podcast “The Lawyers Lounge”, published by Emond.

Danielle was born and raised in Kanata, Ontario. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto and her LLB at Dalhousie University.

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