Randy Bauslaugh

Randy Bauslaugh leads McCarthy Tétrault’s national Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation practice.

Randy has been involved with many of the leading pension and benefit cases over the past 30 years. He is presently counsel to the administrator of the Canadian Nortel pension plans, a lead creditor in the world-wide bankruptcy proceedings. He has experience advising on plan governance, plan design, plan mergers, restructurings and conversions, surplus repatriation, and deficit management. Randy has led negotiations relating to pension and benefit issues, and has also acted as a mediator and arbitrator in pension related labour disputes. He has reviewed, negotiated and helped implement investment de-risking strategies. Randy’s clients include public and private companies, appointed administrators of wound up plans, financial institutions, joint boards of trustees, and Canadian and foreign governments; for example Randy has advised the Government of Ontario, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut on pension policy and legislation and the governments of Bermuda, Jamaica, and India on public pension issues and pension standards.

Randy is an independent expert Trustee for one of Canada’s largest ELHTs, recently established in October, 2016 to oversee implementation and administration of the consolidation of Life, Health and Dental Benefits for approximately 45,000 English Catholic Teachers throughout Ontario. He is an active supporter of many industry associations: for example, he is a member of the Pension Policy Council of the C.D. Howe Institute, the editorial advisory board of Benefits and Pensions Monitor and a former Chairman of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association. Randy actively engages in community service. He served six years as Chair of the HR Committee of the Canadian Cancer Society, and currently serves as a Director on the Boards of the Canadian National Exhibition Association and the Scarborough Hospital Foundation.

In 2014, Randy was inducted into the CPBI Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada, International Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Canada, The Legal 500 – Canada, The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a “most frequently recommended” practitioner in pensions and employee benefits, the Federated Press Directory of Professionals as a “distinguished contributor” and enjoys the highest rating granted to lawyers for professional competence and integrity in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Randy obtained a BA from the University of Waterloo in 1977 and his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1981. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983.

Firm Overview:

McCarthy Tétrault is a Canadian law firm that offers a full suite of legal and business solutions to clients in Canada and around the world. We deliver integrated business, litigation, tax, real property, and labour and employment solutions through offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Québec City, New York and London, UK. Our industry knowledge and integrated national platform ensure we help build our clients’ competitive advantage.

Our culture is collaborative, inclusive, entrepreneurial and evolves with the pace of business. We are leading the charge to adapt to changing client needs by re-imagining of our service offerings, including our MT>3 and MT>Align divisions, and our Client Solutions. We are Canada’s first national law firm, and we are also its most innovative. We offer sophisticated legal and business advice that incents efficiency, leverages our deep industry knowledge and our national resources for an exceptional service experience that solves our clients’ most complex problems.

Dedication to our firm’s values helps us achieve our mission and helps clients achieve their business objectives. These values are intrinsic to who we are as a law firm and as a member of the global business community.

Adam Kardash

Adam Kardash is an acknowledged Canadian legal industry leader in privacy and data management; he leads the firm’s national Privacy and Data Management practice. Adam has been lead counsel on many of the most significant privacy matters in Canada. He advises Fortune 500 clients in their business critical data-protection issues, compliance initiatives and data governance. He regularly represents clients on regulatory investigations and security breaches.

Adam is Special Counsel to the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada and counsel to the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada. He has extensive experience in the privacy law area and regularly advises Chief Privacy Officers, in-house counsel and compliance professionals in the private, health, public and not-for-profit sectors on managing security incidents, privacy regulatory investigations, anti-spam law compliance, privacy and security reviews/audits; privacy policies, practices and procedures; privacy compliance initiatives; and service-provider arrangements involving personal information, including transborder data flows.

Adam has worked on a wide variety of transactions involving information technology, including technology acquisitions, licensing, outsourcing and service-provider arrangements, as well as general corporate commercial issues with respect to carrying on business over the Internet and in the electronic environment.

Adam speaks regularly on privacy issues, is a past chair of the Ontario Bar Association privacy section, and for three years taught an MBA course at York University’s Schulich School of Business on legal issues relating to electronic commerce.

Widely recognized as an innovator in his fast-moving area of law, Adam also oversees our firm’s integrated privacy compliance and data-governance consulting and information service that is complementary to the firm’s national privacy and data management practice. This integrated offering includes a thought-leadership forum that involves Chief Privacy Officers and senior in-house counsel from many of Canada’s leading companies; in addition, it provides online subscription tools for CPOs, in-house counsel and compliance professionals.

Osler Alumni Network:

We are committed to maintaining lifelong, career-spanning relationships with our alumni.

With more than 1,300 members, the Osler Alumni Network is a powerful resource. Wherever you’re planning to go, there’s a good chance you already have a connection.

Whether you hope to maintain personal relationships with long-time friends and colleagues, make new professional connections, search job opportunities or simply stay up to date with everything Osler and its alumni are doing, the network provides the news, connections and resources you need.

Michael Niren

Michael Niren is President and CEO of VisaPlace LLC and the President and Managing Partner of Michael H. Niren Professional Corporation (“Niren and Associates”), an immigration law firm in Toronto, Canada that he founded in 1997.

Mr. Niren is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section, American Lawyers Association, and Associate Member of the American Bar Association.

He is an accomplished and sought after public speaker and is often called upon by the national and international media as an authority on immigration current events.

Mr. Niren’s media interviews and appearances in both Canada and the US include The Boston Globe, New York Daily News, CTV, Global News, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star and CBC. He also has published articles on immigration related topics including RealClearMarkets and is a contributor to the Huffington Post .

Mr. Niren is considered an industry leader, a professional businessman, a team coach and organizer with very strong entrepreneurial skills. Under his leadership, Niren & Associates has become an award winning and leading immigration law firm in Toronto, as well as one of the largest immigration law firms in Canada. Niren & Associates is the recipient of the “Top Choice Awards” for the Top Immigration Law Firm in Toronto from 2010 through to 2017 as well as many other global immigration awards. The law firm has successfully processed many thousands of visa applications.

As CEO of VisaPlace LLC, Mr. Niren has assembled a highly talented US and Canadian based team to roll out customized immigration client acquisition and distribution technology to service immigration solution providers world-wide.

Why Choose Us?

There are many options out there when seeking help with your Visa Application. We feel we can offer you the very best when it comes to immigration and visa services. We work with only licensed and experienced immigration professionals who have handled thousands and thousands of visa cases and know how to get the job done. And don’t take our word for it. Check out their reviews from real clients who used their services.

Welcome to VisaPlace:

All cases are handled by competent and experienced immigration lawyers. These licensed award winning Canadian and US lawyers and consultants are employed by Niren and Associates immigration lawyers in Toronto adhere to the highest standards of client service. They are all trained to be very responsive and know how to deal with government officials effectively in order to maximize outcomes for all visa applications.

VisaPlace uses the latest case processing technology, a wide range of advanced case management tools and of course top talent to ensure that your Visa case is handled with the upmost care.

Our lawyers have:

– Over 40 years of combined experience with thousands of cases filed
– A proven track record for handling all US and Canadian visa cases;
– Fully licensed US and Canadian lawyers
– Access to the latest technology that allows better communicate with clients and to track cases
– Are friendly and great to deal with!

Our Goal:

We know that these days, the Canadian and US government has created complicated barriers to entry. Immigration rules and regulations are becoming more and more complex. In order to qualify to relocate to Canada or to the US, you must present your case properly to an immigration officer who has the authority to grant or deny your admission.

We have made it our primary goal to be your navigation and information tool to assist you in getting your visa to Canada or to the US. And if you are facing removal, we can direct you to get the help you need to resolve your immigration problems. Our job is to help open the door so that you, your relative, friend or employee can live, work or study in Canada or the US.

Johanne Barbeau

Johanne Barbeau’s experience in accounting, assurance and business management spans over twenty years, half of which was spent working for an international firm. She also has experience with private entities, where she learned to deal with the constraints and challenges facing the firm’s SME clientele. Her clients come from various sectors: services and real estate, manufacturing, construction, and automotive industries, as well as non-profit organizations. Johanne joined Fauteux, Bruno, Bussière, Leewarden, CPA, LLP (FBBL) as manager in 2011 and was appointed associate in 2014. FBBL merged with BDO Canada s.r.l./s.e.n.c.r.l./LLP in June 2015. In 2017, Johanne was appointed Patner.

Specializing in audits and reporting, Johanne has facilitated many internal training sessions on audit and review procedures, efficiency, time management and client relations. In doing so, she helps meet the requirements of clients, while having them benefit from a highly competitive cost-benefit ratio.

The essence of leadership, teamwork skills, pragmatism and attention to detail mark the diverse career path of Johanne who, as a coach, trained figure skater Josée Chouinard for the 1992 Winter Olympics, in addition to several World Figure Skating Championships and other international figure skating competitions.

Professional Affiliations:

– Member, Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Thérèse-de Blainville, since 2014
– Member, Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec, since 1997

Professional Designations & Education:

– Bachelor of Accounting, Université du Québec à Montréal, 1990
– Bachelor of Physical Education Teaching, Université du Québec à Montréal, 1985

Community Involvement:

– Member, Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Thérèse-de Blainville
– Member, Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec

Why BDO?

The best reason to choose BDO isn’t our service offerings, though they are among the most extensive in our industry. It isn’t our resources, though they are among the broadest in the world. It isn’t that we possess experience working with virtually every business sector in Canada, or that we offer the highest standards of technical excellence, though we do.

Ultimately, the best reason to choose BDO comes down to the relationships we build with our clients and communities. Because at the end of the day, ours is a business of people working with, for, and in the service of others. And when you think about it that way, client service becomes more than just client service; it becomes a firm-wide dedication to helping the people we serve succeed – whatever they need, wherever they are, however we can.

Walied Abdeldayem

Walied Abdeldayem is a managing director at Intellect Dispute Experts Advisory (IDEA). He is a qualified civil engineer and has over 20 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industries. He is a planning and scheduling expert with extensive experience in prospective day to day planning and project controls, as well as delay analysis and forensic planning and scheduling. In addition, Walied has significant experience in assessing and quantifying delay damages.

Walied has provided expert advice and expert witness services to contractors, subcontractors and project owners on various complex construction projects in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. He has been involved in various arbitration and litigation cases, has given oral evidence, and has solid cross-examination and hot-tubbing experience.

Walied is a certified project management professional, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a certified cost estimator by the CIQS, accredited by the Academy of Experts, and a RICS-accredited expert witness.

Walied holds an MBA degree from the University of Manchester; in his dissertation, he developed a practical and proactive enterprise-wide model for managing claims and disputes in construction projects through the projects life cycle. Walied also holds an LLM in construction law and arbitration from Robert Gordon University; in his LLM dissertation, Walied researched uncertainties in time-related disputes and established guidelines to help reduce such uncertainties when deciding on and/or performing delay analyses.

Walied is a frequent public speaker and has published various articles. Some of his talks include “Schedules Strategies to Promote Collaboration & Avoid Disputes” (OGCA Conference); “the roles of experts in arbitration” (ICC Conference) and “project management execution plan” (CIQS Seminar).

Firm Overview:

IDEA is a scheduling and claims management practice provides specialized services in scheduling, project and costs controls, dispute avoidance, dispute resolution and expert services, in live and completed projects. IDEA’s business model is focused on optimizing the services delivery, to achieve excellence through providing non-compromised quality service. IDEA is committed to improving the customer experience through convenience, accuracy and timely delivery.

IDEA adopts a quality driven business model that honours commitments to the clients and only accepts assignments where it believes it has the capacity to deliver exceptional services and being fully attentive to the clients’ requirements and business. Right at the core of IDEA’s value is its integrity and the accuracy of its advice.

IDEA has extensive experience on wide range of construction projects and across various sectors in the industry, including but not limited to infrastructure, transportation, buildings, healthcare and oil & gas projects. IDEA prides itself that despite being newly established, it has been involved on number of the region’s largest construction projects delivering wide range of services to its clients.

Jim Mays

To understand a little about the quality of the man, simply review what he has achieved: Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada; Selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in Canada; Awarded a peer review rating of “BV Distinguished” by Martindale-Hubbell indicating a very high rating in both legal ability and ethical standards; Author, lecturer and presenter on various legal topics including civil procedure, personal injury and insurance law, trial advocacy and tort law.


LL.B. Western University


From the Bottom of my Heart.

From the bottom of my heart I like to thank you, for your patience, advice and the work you did to push my claim forward to the happy result that we obtained. Without your help I would be nowhere. With thanks, yours truly. -D.S.

You Were a Blessing.

Jim Mays, after 19 years of being with a lawyer who took advantage of my situation, you were a blessing. I could not have been recommended to a better lawyer to take over my case. The first lawyer I had for many years left me feeling very mistrustful. When I entered your office I was still wary, however, that feeling didn’t last long. Your professionalism and sincerity made me feel more secure about my future for the first time since my accident. Plus, you accomplished what my previous lawyer could not, and only in one year. I sincerely thank you and everyone else who helped with my case. It was truly a pleasure to meet you all. I wish you all the best! Thanks again! – M.

The Best Results Possible.

I want to thank you and Siskinds for the great work you did for me over the past few years. From day one, I knew that you and the whole firm were in my camp working to help me get true justification for my case. I never felt that I wasn’t important enough for your consideration and I really appreciate the time and effort by you and Siskinds, on my behalf, to get the results I was looking for. If I have a future need, I am confident that Siskinds will be able to get the best results possible for my complete satisfaction. Thank you. – J.B.

A Compelling Testimonial.

There are no words adequate to fully express our gratitude for all you have done over the past almost eight years for our family! From the first time we met at Children’s Hospital, when Ian and I were both still very much in a state of shock, we had confidence and faith that we had chosen the right person to represent us in you, Jim. Your sensitivity and integrity shines through and that is what was so important to us as a family. After meeting with the team, on several occasions, we were even more assured!

As you know this was a life changing event for our family. We unfortunately had a glimpse of what almost losing a child looked like, we all suffered together as I fell deeply into the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and for the first time in my life considered suicide, and we struggled together to learn just what the effects of a catastrophic brain injury looks like. We also watched as our adult daughter became totally dependent on us as she struggled reliving the events of that horrible day. Needless to say, our family dynamics changed drastically! Thankfully, with a very strong support network we beat the odds and remain intact!

Through all of this, you, and the team that Jody Abbott put together stuck with and by us. Always available, always keeping each of our needs in mind. Never putting decisions ahead of our individual needs at the time.

Wendy Highley, you will undoubtedly miss my calls, crying at the other end, to ask you questions and just look for reassurance!!! I thank you for making me feel like it was an ok thing to do!

Jackie Swiech, thank you too for taking my calls when I was too impatient to just leave Jim a message! – Anonymous

Simply Put, You Are Great.

I’ve no words to express my gratitude for you Jim. I’ll never forget you till my last breath. Simply put, you are great. Thank you very much for everything. – K. A.

Always Felt Well-Represented.

Once again thank you for your excellent service in this matter. I enjoyed working with you and always felt well represented. Thanks again. – J. S.

Thank You So Much.

Jim, Jackie and Wendy, Thank-you so much for taking such good care of me during this difficult process. It means more than you could imagine that you helped me navigate this, not only quickly, but with integrity. All the best for a healthy, happy and successful 2015! – L. N.

Ontario Rehab Alliance Breakfast Workshop.

I wanted to let you know also that your firm made a very positive impression on a number of participants, including myself, who hadn’t previously been very familiar with Siskinds (due to working outside of London). Speaking personally, I was impressed with your knowledge of the SABS and medical-rehab services along with your commitment to advocacy for your clients, all while still maintaining the integrity of the system (i.e., no slimy maneuvering :)). To me, this makes for the perfect law firm and you have now been added to my list of dream-team members if I’m ever involved in an accident. – J. H., Speech-Language Pathologist

Compassionate and Professional.

After a difficult personal injury accident in 2008, I hired Jim Mays at Siskinds LLP to assist with my case. His professional and compassionate approach was greatly appreciated. He helped me understand the legal process and supported me and my family throughout the long ordeal. Because of Jim, I was able to obtain a fair settlement that recognizes all of my future needs. I would highly recommend Jim and the team at Siskinds for any personal injury cases. – Anonymous

Thank You.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all your team for a great effort with my case. I will recommend you and your team to anyone who needs your professional assistance in the future. Thank you. – S. C.

The Lawyer, Jim Mays.

These are a few personal thoughts of my perspective from working with Jim Mays. I was injured when a driver turned left in front of me. I was riding a motorcycle to work, so I suffered several broken bones and a brain injury. Jim is a very thoughtful and considerate man who took my personnel situation into full consideration. He has a very personable nature and a family oriented lifestyle. This allowed the comfort I needed to build our relationship continued friendship. His diligent and stern professional work ethic is impressive and when needed applied gracefully! Working with Jim allowed me to focus on my personal rehab as Jim and his team took care of all legal, funding and conflict issues which occur when one is vulnerable after an injury. I am honoured to have worked with Jim and grateful of our existing friendship! Thanks. D.B., Easy Acres Farm

James Mays and His Team Put My Needs First.

On July 31 2003 my life changed. I was rear ended on my motorcycle and badly injured a long way from home. Laying in the hospital bed all I could do was worry about my future i.e losing my job, mortgage payments etc. I thought things will be O.K. because I have insurance. Once I got home and filed a claim I quickly found out the Insurance company was not my friend. The person that hit me was charged with Dangerous driving causing bodily harm and the insurance company was treating me like I was the villain. After three weeks of them making my life more miserable a friend suggested I contact Jim Mays at Siskinds. I met with Jim and he took the case then things got better no more harassing phone calls or letters. Jim’s staff made sure I got the accident benefits that I was entitled to some of which the insurance company never even told me about. Over the years Jim and his staff fought to keep my accident benefits and fought legal battles with two insurance companies. In the end Jim Mays negotiated two insurance settlements with my well being the significant priority. In closing my experience with Jim Mays and Siskinds law firm was a good one and I would recommend them to anybody. – R.H.F.

Injured cyclist happy with our representation.

[I found] Jim Mays and his team to be knowledgeable, committed, personable, and realistic about the outcome of the settlement (which I think was fair). – Anonymous

Service and results make a happy Personal Injury client.

When I woke up in the hospital following a motorcycle collision, the best advice I have ever been given in life came in the form of, “Get a good personal injury lawyer”. Jim Mays at Siskinds came recommended at the top of that list. Having been through the system from start to finish, I now see why and confer entirely with that assessment. Jim and all his support staff took a personal interest in my case and even though I know they were busy with other clients as well, always had time to answer my questions when I had them. Jim reads people extremely well, talks to them on their level and has the knack of explaining in terms that are easily understood by those of us unfamiliar with legal jargon or the insurance system. Wendy Highley, Jackie, and Tina took care of the day to day tasks making sure I was notified of meetings, assessments etc., and had the correct forms filled out and submitted on time. When I was overwhelmed by some of the mountains of paperwork they stepped in and helped me out. Without a doubt, the onerous nature of the claims process would have eaten me alive and I wouldn’t have come close to realizing the settlements I received without their knowledge and professionalism. The degree of their professionalism was especially apparent when they politely laughed at my attempts at humour, and I must say there were days they made ME smile, even when I didn’t feel like it. My family and I truly want to thank them for all of that, and ALL they have done for me. It is greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend Jim Mays and all his staff to anyone in a similar situation and if I ever need … no … nevermind I won’t be making motor vehicle collisions a habit . They don’t seem the least bit addictive. D.H.D.F., B.Sc.

Young man injured in serious motor vehicle accident reaches settlement.

Wendy was phenomenal. Jackie was phenomenal as well. Both were complete, thorough and timely with response/information. I say that you are the best, very professional and classy. Jim Mays is great. Easy to talk to, very timely responses to any questions or concerns and was very excellent in treating me as a normal human being and not the brain injured guy. – Anonymous