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Lorne O'Reilly

Dow Chemical Canada ULC, Calgary

Call: 2005

Statement

I am a proud member of the Alberta Bar who believes we are responsible as lawyers to invest in our profession and should be leaders in our communities.

I am married with three children, 16, 11 and 1, and a resident of Calgary for 17 years. Originally from Kelowna, law school at the University of Alberta brought me to Alberta. I enjoy participation in my community, including volunteering for the activities my children are involved with (such as baseball, lacrosse, hockey and kung fu), as well as with organizations and causes of interest (including Heritage Park Historical Village). In addition to my cherished family time, my personal interests lie in physical exercise and mixed martial arts, watching college football, reading and music, and vacationing in the Okanagan.

Professionally, I am Lead Counsel for Dow Chemical Canada and responsibility for all Canadian legal services for Dow. My work manages all practice areas, with specialization in corporate, governance, commercial and employment matters. As part of Dow Canada’s leadership team, I support strong organization ethics, efforts for inclusion, mental health and technological innovation, and I assist Dow’s global legal team to manage various transaction matters.  Each year I present at two educational sessions on substantive law topics and improving in-house practice, and I am a judge for the Canadian Law Awards and Lexpert Rising Star Awards.

Prior to Dow, I was general counsel for another energy business, building two in-house legal departments, and started my legal career as a corporate and M&A lawyer at national law firm. As founder and a director of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Alberta Chapter, I led its global educational, advocacy and networking efforts and initiatives for in-house counsel for 10 years. I speak at ACC Annual Meetings, and Leadership Development Institutes across the US, and am advisory board member for several ACC conferences and global initiatives.

I am Chair of the Heritage Park Foundation (responsible for the stewardship of Heritage Park’s endowment funds), and Vice Chair for the Heritage Park Society (responsible for the operation of the Heritage Park Historical Village). I am also on the Board of the Alberta General Counsel Association and mentor in-house counsel at other organizations.

I was recognized by my peers and legal practice advisors as a 2016 “Top Ten 30-Something” (ACC Docket), “In-House Team of the Year” (2019 Benchmark Awards), a finalist “Rising Star” (2016 Global Counsel Awards), “Tomorrow’s Leader in Innovation” (Canadian Lawyer Magazine), and a member of the Legal 500’s GC Powerlist: Canada.

I have always supported diversity and equality initiatives, especially for those willing to risk speaking out for accountability and responsibility in balance with the rights we have. I aspire to ensure that our profession achieves its ideals of public interest service to Albertans; this importantly includes access to justice, transparency, leadership in change, and a strong, competent, diverse and independent legal profession. I believe I have served our profession and in-house community well, and I seek your support to be elected as a Bencher.