Gowling WLG adds legal talents to Ottawa 2017 celebration planning

Left to right: Dean Chapman, Vice-President, CIBC; Wayne Warren, Managing Partner, of the Ottawa office of Gowling WLG; Thomas Barry, British Deputy High Commissioner; Guy Laflamme, Executive Director, Ottawa 2017 Bureau; Peter Lukasiewicz, Chief Executive Officer, Gowling WLG (Canada); Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson; Councillor Jean Cloutier; Cyril Leeder, Ottawa 2017 Board Member; and Steve Ball, Ottawa 2017 Board Member.

Left to right: Dean Chapman, Vice-President, CIBC; Wayne Warren, Managing Partner, of the Ottawa office of Gowling WLG (Canada); Thomas Barry, British Deputy High Commissioner; Guy Laflamme, Executive Director, Ottawa 2017 Bureau; Peter Lukasiewicz, Chief Executive Officer, Gowling WLG (Canada); Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson; Councillor Jean Cloutier; Cyril Leeder, Ottawa 2017 Board Member; and Steve Ball, Ottawa 2017 Board Member.

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce that Gowling WLG has become an Official Partner of Ottawa 2017.

The international law firm, with roots in Ottawa dating back more than 125 years, will provide expert legal services to the team organizing Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations in the nation’s capital.

“We’re elated that Gowling WLG, a prestigious global company with a very strong local history, has partnered with Ottawa 2017 in planning a year-long city-wide celebration to mark Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Mayor Watson. “Their expertise and support will enable us to maximize the tourism and economic benefits for the entire city, while respecting best business practices recognized around the world.”

The partnership was announced in the company of the British Deputy High Commissioner to Canada, Thomas Barry, at a gathering to celebrate both this union as well as the recent launch of Gowling WLG.

“Gowling WLG is proud to partner with Ottawa 2017 in supporting this monumental celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada,” said Wayne Warren, Managing Partner of the Ottawa office of Gowling WLG. “It’s an exciting time for us at Gowling WLG, and, as our firm continues to grow, this is an excellent opportunity for us to contribute to the success of the events being planned in the city where our company had its Canadian start.”

“Expertly navigating legal complexities is a crucial pillar of planning for large-scale celebrations, such as Ottawa 2017,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “The depth of understanding that Gowling WLG has for the business side of event-planning will help us contract and deliver a full year of programming, blockbuster events, community activities and legacy projects that will engage and excite millions of Canadians and visitors in our city.”

About Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is the first international law firm to be co-led by a Canadian law firm — the result of the combination between Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, a leading U.K.-based international law firm. The new firm is home to more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities around the globe, and provides clients with legal advice at home and abroad in a range of areas — from complex cross-border transactions and intellectual property matters to high-stakes litigation and disputes.

Gowling WLG originally opened its doors in Canada as Henderson & McVeity in Ottawa in 1887.

Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

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