As Dentons' Canada Chief Executive Officer and a member of the global leadership team, serving on the Global Board and Global Management Committee, Chris is responsible for continuously building on the Firm’s vision and strategy in Canada; firmly focused on anticipating, understanding and exceeding clients’ expectations of value, service, innovation, collaboration and efficiency in today’s demanding and evolving business and legal environment.
With overall responsibility for the leadership of Dentons’ Canada region, Chris plays a key role in fostering client relationships and representing Dentons with other strategic partners, aligning and implementing our "in and of the community" approach in all Canadian markets, and wherever clients do or want to do—business across the globe.
Chris is committed to ensuring that Dentons continues to be a workplace of choice for our leading talent in Canada and a leader in the legal community with respect to diversity and inclusion and corporate social responsibility. In 2012, Chris was named a Canadian Diversity Champion, and Dentons was recognized with a Canadian National Pro Bono Law Firm Award and as one of the Best Employers for New Canadians. Under Chris’s leadership, Dentons is recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People (2012, 2016), and as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2011-2016).
Prior to assuming his role as the Firm’s Canada CEO in 2009, Chris served as Managing Partner of Dentons' Toronto office for six years, following his return to the Firm from four years as general counsel and a senior officer of a leading Canadian and international developer, owner and manager of regional shopping centres. An accomplished and highly respected commercial real estate lawyer, Chris’s practice has focused on the purchase and sale, development, financing and joint-venturing of commercial properties and portfolios, and commercial leasing in the retail, office and industrial markets