Faculty Advisory Board

We are proud of the alumni and friends of the Faculty from across Canada and around the world who generously share their wisdom and energy with the Faculty.

Marc Barbeau, BCL’84, LLB’84 - Montreal

Partner, Stikeman, Elliott LLP

Marc Barbeau is a partner and a member of the firm’s Partnership Board and Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Montréal Management Committee. Barbeau practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, complex reorganizations and corporate governance, including with respect to advising senior management and boards of directors. From 2005 until 2011, he headed the Montréal Business Law Group. Barbeau has lectured in Corporate Finance at the Faculty of Law, McGill University since 1996. He has been a panelist at conferences and received the 2012 James A. Robb Award presented by the McGill University Faculty of Law.

Randal Barker, BCL’93, LLB’93 - London

BarkerVP, Group Legal, BHP Billiton Iron Ore

Randal Barker was appointed Vice President Group Legal Iron Ore in December 2013.  He is also a member of the Group Legal Executive Committee, dating from September 2011 when he first joined BHP Billiton. Prior to joining Iron Ore and moving to Perth, Randal was BHP Billiton’s senior executive in Europe as head of the London office. Earlier in his career, Randal worked in law firms in Vancouver (Bull, Housser & Tupper), Tokyo (Anderson Mori) and London (Lovells) as an M&A and capital markets lawyer, and in-house as the general counsel of a GE Capital business in Europe and as the general counsel and company secretary of two FTSE100 companies headquartered in. Randal is an alumnus of Harvard, the McGill University Faculty of Law and INSEAD, and is admitted to practice law in Australia, the UK, Canada and the USA.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the GC100.

Rachel Baxter, BCL’89 - Ottawa

BaxterRachel Baxter was admitted to the state bar of California in 1988 and the Barreau du Quebec in 1990, articling at a boutique litigation firm in Montreal.  She joined the Department of Justice in 1992 and worked there until her retirement in 2014.  She continues to work for Justice Canada on a contract basis.

During her career, Rachel worked with the Legal Services of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Environment Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, and Transport Canada. During her ten years at Environment Legal Services, Rachel was Senior Counsel leading both the Climate Change and Commercial Law teams and acted as General Counsel and Deputy Director serving Environment Canada, Parks Canada and the Environmental Assessment Agency. Rachel has extensive experience in legislative development, environmental law, Crown law, commercial law and management of large files implicating multiple federal departments and levels of government.

Caroline Bérubé, BCL’99, LLB’99 - Guangzhou

BérubéManaging Partner, HJM Asia Law Co. LLC

Caroline Bérubé is the Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law (with offices in Singapore and China) and is the Publications Committee Chair of the Inter-pacific Bar Association (IPBA), and Officer of the Intellectual Property and Asia-Pacific Forum (APF) Committees of the International Bar Association (IBA).  She graduated from McGill University (Canada) with a BCL and LL.B degree and completed her studies at the National University of Singapore with a focus on Chinese law. Caroline has represented international corporate clients and banks in asset financing and M&A cross-border transactions in Asia for close to 15 years.

Gregory J. David, BCL’93, LLB’93 - Toronto (Chairman)

DavidCEO, GRI Capital Inc.

Greg David is the Chair of the Faculty of Law’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning Advisory Group. He is Chief Executive Officer of GRI Capital Inc., the merchant bank and asset management firm for the founding shareholders of Dollarama. He is also a Director of Dollarama and The Rossy Family Foundation. Immediately prior to founding GRI Capital in 2004, Greg was an M&A advisor to private and public Canadian companies. He has also worked as an investment principal at Claridge Inc where he was focused on the media, entertainment, hospitality and foodservice sectors.  Greg began his career as an Associate at McKinsey & Co. where he provided strategic and financial services for the firm’s clients.  Greg is a graduate of the Harvard Business School where he completed an M.B.A, with distinction. He also graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Law with a Bachelor of Common Law and a Bachelor of Civil Law as well as from Queen’s University School of Business with an Honors Bachelor of Commerce, First class standing. He articled at McCarthy Tétrault in Montreal and is a Member of the Quebec Bar.

Tanya De Mello, BCL/LLB’11 - Toronto

Equity and Diversity Officer, University of Toronto

Tanya De Mello is the Director of the Equity and Diversity Office at the University of Toronto. While at McGill Law, she was a fervent believer that a comprehensive legal education required that students engage in their communities and witness the barriers people face in accessing justice first hand. She called for students to work in courtrooms, legal clinics and in under-represented communities because she believed that these experiences would give a face to people represented in the cases taught in their classroom.

As a Law student, Tanya was the Director of Pro Bono Students Canada (McGill Chapter) and founded Community Law, a student group focusing on working with the Montreal community. She articled at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and worked as an Independent Consultant for social innovation programs at MaRS Discovery District before assuming her current role in Equity and Diversity at UofT. 

Ariel Deckelbaum, BCL’98, LLB’98 - New York

Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Ariel Deckelbaum is a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, in New York City. He is a deputy chair of the Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group, the Private Equity Transactions Group and the Canadian Practice Group. Ariel’s practice is diverse with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, alternative asset management and restructuring transactions. Ariel serves on the advisory board of DealLawyers.com and on the Board of Directors of the New Classroom Innovation Partners and The Lawyers Alliance for New York.

Tony Fata, BCL’90, LLB’90 - Montreal

President, Sager Food Products Inc.

Tony Fata is President of Sager Foods Products Inc., a manufacturer of vegetable oils, olive oils and other food products.  He is also an Independent Director of Saputo Inc. and a member of the Audit Committee of the company. Earlier in his career, Tony was Executive Director of Investment Banking for CIBC World Markets (previous CIBC Wood Gundy) in both Montreal and Toronto, where he was actively involved in various equity and debt issues as well as numerous merger and acquisition transactions.  Tony also worked at Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Ogilvy Renault). He is actively involved in the community as a Board Member of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and as co-Chair of the Lower Canada College Leadership Development Committee. In addition, Tony served on the national board of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools for 5 years and he was on the Board of Governors of Lower Canada College for 12 years including 4 years as Chairman. After graduating from McGill, Tony earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married to Teresa and together they have two boys aged 13 and 14.

Mark Godsy, LLB’82 - Vancouver

Entrepreneur and Chairman and CEO, Exro Technologies

Mark Godsy is a Vancouver entrepreneur. He has been involved in as many as 50 ventures – many of which are companies that are socially responsible while offering significant commercial opportunity based upon solving a big problem. After leaving the practice of law in the 1980s, Mark was involved in helping to set up a bank for mining companies and several other projects, before co-founding his first company, ID Biomedical. This company became the largest company to come out of UBC where they licensed their initial technology and later became Canada's provider of vaccines and the fifth largest vaccine company in the world.

Mark then co-founded Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, which developed the first coated stent, which has saved million lives worldwide. Currently Mark is active with four companies, of which two are dedicated to the clean technology sector.

Mark grew up in Kamloops and later attended UBC where he got his BA and then went to McGill where he achieved his LLB. Mark has also been involved in many community efforts such as coaching at Blackcomb to mentoring junior biotech CEOs. He describes his life as one of adventure and learning, while seeking to contribute where he can to help make the world a better place.

Jill Hugessen, BCL’85, LLB’85 - Montreal

HugessenPrincipal and Founder, Force 10 Coaching (Hugessen Coaching)

Jill Hugessen is founder and principal of Force 10 Coaching, a coaching and consulting service for business executives and lawyers. As a certified professional coach, Jill helps her clients establish, pursue and achieve their career and personal objectives by helping them define and capitalize on their key strengths and leadership styles. Jill is a graduate of McGill University, where she obtained a B.A. (psychology) in 1981 and a BCL/LLB (law) in 1985. Jill practiced corporate law with Stikeman Elliott LLP from 1986 to 1993.  She then worked for several years as General Counsel for Karhu Canada, a sporting goods manufacturer, before returning to Stikeman Elliott in 2001 as a member of the management team. In 2007, she became Director of Professional Development, a role which she held until leaving the firm in 2010 to become a coach and professional development consultant.

Hillel W. Rosen, BCL’85, LLB’85 - Montreal

Partner, Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg LLP

Hillel Rosen is a partner of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  Hillel has a diverse practice that is transactional in nature. He has particular expertise in business acquisitions, renewable energy projects, life sciences businesses, and the forest products industry. After completing his BCL/LLB at McGill, Hillel obtained an M.A. from Oxford University. Hillel lives in Montreal with his wife (a graduate of McGill’s medical school) and their three children.

Patrick M. Shea, BCL’99, LLB’99 - Montreal

SheaPartner, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

Patrick. Shea is a partner at the Montreal office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where his practice areas include corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1995 and he spent the first five years of his legal career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City. Patrick has taught a number of business law courses at McGill’s Faculty of Law Patrick and also volunteers his time for a number of foundations, charities and other not-for-profit organizations. He has held numerous leadership positions in connection with past capital and annual fundraising campaigns for McGill University’s Faculty of Law (including having led a $750,000 campaign in 2009), Princeton University, Loyola High School, McGill University Health Centre and Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal.

Elizabeth L. Thomson, BCL’75, LLB ’74 - Hong Kong

Chairwoman and Founder, The Amber Foundation Ltd

ThompsonElizabeth L. Thomson is Chairwoman and Founder of the Amber Foundation, which supports ethnic minority education in Hong Kong (since 2014).

She is also Co-Chair of the Women Entrepreneurs Network, Hong Kong (since 2015) and Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (since 2009). She was previously the President of ICS Trust, which she founded in 1980, the Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (2009-2014), a founding member of AmCham’s Entrepreneurs Group, full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), fellow of the Asia Offshore Association, member of the International Tax Planning Association and member of the Hong Kong Trustees Association. Thomson is a member of the Law Societies of Ontario (Canada), the U.K., Hong Kong and Australia.

Tania Tretiak, BCL’97, LLB’97 - Montreal

Senior Legal Counsel, Pfizer Canada Inc.

Tania joined the Servier Canada Executive Committee in 2016 as Director Legal Affairs with responsibility for all Canadian legal operations (including the Canadian International Center for Therapeutic Research), Privacy and Compliance. Before joining Servier, she worked at Pfizer Canada for 14 years where she took on roles of increasing responsibility providing legal support to all business functions, managing litigation and advising in the area of healthcare compliance.   Prior to this she practiced insurance litigation at Lavery, de Billy for two years before accepting an in-house position at Shire (formerly BioChem Pharma). Tania has a solution oriented approach to helping achieve business objectives in an ethical and compliant manner as well as a proven track record of establishing and leading high-performing teams to success through her collaborative leadership style.   She is a graduate of McGill University where she obtained a BSc (Anatomy) in 1991, a M.Sc. (Pathology) in 1995 and her Bachelors of Common and Civil Law in 1997.  She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Sacred Heart School of Montreal and a member of the Board of Directors of the Andover Canadian Fund.

Jordan H. Waxman, LLB'92, BCL'92 - New York

WaxmanManaging Director, Partner, High Tower Advisors

Jordan Waxman is Managing Partner of HSW Advisors, a leading independent, private wealth advisory group operating from HighTower, a national, advisor-owned financial services company serving high-net-worth and institutional clients. Waxman earned the AIF Designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies in 2013 and specializes in tax, wealth transfer and estate planning, as well as in asset risk management, providing creative advice for hedging clients’ equity, fixed income, currency, commodity and real estate risks. He advises on the structure and execution of onshore and offshore trust solutions, and counsels on philanthropic planning issues and techniques.

An in-demand financial expert, Waxman has been featured in a number of prominent news outlets including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNBC, Bloomberg Radio, and Fox Business.  He has been named as a Top 100 Financial Advisor in the US by Forbes, a Top 100 Independent Advisor by Barrons, Top 300 by the Financial Times and holds numerous other peer and industry-led accolades.

A dedicated alumnus, Waxman has guest-lectured on Investments to BCom students at the Desautels Faculty of Management since 2009. In addition, he is a Director of Friends of McGill Inc. and a member of the Investment Management Expert Panel (New York). As Chair of his 1992 Class Action Committee, Waxman helped spearhead the campaign to raise money for the Michelin Scholarship in the Faculty of Law. He was profiled for Campaign McGill: Going the Distance for McGill.

Waxman is a competitive Ironman, tri-athlete and a marathon swimmer.  He is married to Caren Waxman and they have three children.

Susan Wells-Tunnell, BCL’96, LLB’96 - San Francisco

Wells-TunnellSusan Wells-Tunnell graduated with a BAH (Psychology) from Queen’s University in 1991, and received her BCL/LL.B degrees from McGill’s Faculty of Law in 1996. While at McGill, Susan served as an Executive Editor of the McGill Law Review and as a student member of the Admissions Committee. Professionally, Susan has worked as a corporate and licensing attorney at Hale & Dorr LLP in Boston and at Cooley LLP in San Francisco. She also worked in business development at two San Francisco startup companies, and most recently served as a career counselor for graduating law students at University of California, Hastings School of Law. Susan is from Beaconsfield, Quebec and currently resides in San Francisco, California with her husband and three children.

Anna Yang, BCL’87, LLB’87 - London

YangFollowing her graduation from McGill, Anna Yang received the McDonald Travelling Scholarship to do a masters in International Law (D.E.A.) at Université de Paris 2. She then clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada, following which she moved to New York to join the litigation department of Sullivan & Cromwell. Anna moved to London, England in 1998 and worked with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer until 2003. In 2009, Anna and her husband, Joseph Schull (BA’85) established the Joseph Schull Fellowship in Arts, in honour of Joe’s father, a leading Canadian historian.

In 2013, Anna and Joe endowed the Schull Yang International Experience Awards at McGill, which offer students life-changing international experiences, from internships to research opportunities to more extended study abroad. They also created a matching fund to inspire other donors to create international research, study and travel awards across different faculties. Anna and Joe live in London, England with their three children.

Laura Cárdenas, ex-officio member

CardenasEditor-in-chief, McGill Law Journal

Laura Cárdenas is in third her third year in the BCL/LLB program at McGill. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Law Journal, a student representative on Faculty Council, and serves on the Faculty’s Staff Appointments Committee. Last year, Laura was president of the Asia Pacific Law Association of McGill, was a student ambassador and student representative on Faculty Council, and served on the Tenure, Renewal and Promotions Committee at the Faculty of Law.

Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from Concordia University and a Masters in Asia Pacific Policy Studies from the University of British Columbia. She is originally from Montreal, but has lived in the United States (Maryland), Venezuela, and Peru. 

Valérie Olivier, ex-officio member

OlivierPresident, Law Students’ Association

Valérie Olivier studied Sciences, Letters and Arts at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. In her second year of study at the Faculty of Law, she was elected Vice-President External of the Law Students’ Association (LSA). During that same year, she was also the law student representative at the Students’ Society of McGill University and President of the Confédération des associations des étudiantes et étudiants en droit civil (CADED). Valérie is currently a senior advocate with the Student Advocacy program of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill and the president of the LSA.