TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - McMillan LLP, the Canadian business law
firm, today announced the appointment of Dwight Duncan, former Minister
of Finance for Ontario, as a Senior Strategic Advisor to help the
firm's clients invest and operate in Canada and internationally. Mr.
Duncan assumes his responsibilities effective March 1, 2013, and will
be working out of the McMillan Toronto office.
"McMillan is privileged to have someone of Dwight Duncan's remarkable
experience join our firm," said McMillan CEO Andrew Kent. "McMillan is
quickly becoming one of Canada's premier legal advisors to business,
able to lend strategic insight and expertise to help businesses both
within Canada and with their international interests. Dwight adds
additional strength, breadth and depth to our existing client service
As well as his term as Ontario's Minister of Finance, in a public
service career that spanned almost 25 years, Mr. Duncan served as Chair
of the Management Board of Cabinet and Deputy Premier for the
Government of Ontario. He was also MPP for Windsor Ontario
constituencies, Government House Leader, Minister of Revenue, Minister
of Energy and Chair of Cabinet.
"I look forward to working with the McMillan team. It is a growing,
ambitious firm with an entrepreneurial culture I admire and with
expertise that attracts and assists businesses locally and abroad. I
share its interest and commitment to energy, property and casualty
insurance, infrastructure and pensions," said Mr. Duncan."My experience
and interests are clearly aligned with McMillan's, making this a great
fit for the firm's clients."
As Minister of Finance, Mr. Duncan oversaw Ontario's response to the
global economic crisis, the worst since the Great Depression, by
introducing the Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth in the 2009 Ontario
Budget. It created the HST, cut corporate taxes by $8 billion and
individual taxes by $12 billion. He also introduced the first major
reforms to the pension and retirement income system in more than two
decades and led the call for reforms at the federal level. He worked
closely with other provinces, Ottawa, and international governments and
businesses, earning their respect.
Since Finance drives the public policy environment in which business
operates, Mr. Duncan's experience and insights will be valuable to
McMillan's clients in Canada and elsewhere.
As Minister of Energy, Mr. Duncan led the restructuring of Ontario's
electricity sector and created the Ontario Power Authority. He launched
a 20-year electricity supply mix plan, initiating the move away from
coal to more environmentally friendly alternatives. He also introduced
Ontario's energy standard offer program, setting a standard price to
make it easier for entrepreneurs and businesses to sell clean power
from small projects to the electricity grid. It was hailed as the most
progressive green energy initiative in North America in more than 20
years. Mr. Duncan's energy expertise will also help McMillan serve its
Mr. Duncan is the most recent addition to McMillan's accomplished
advisors and senior counsel drawn from government and public service.
This group provides clients with additional strategic and practical
perspectives to supplement McMillan's legal counsel and includes Hon.
Stockwell Day, Hon. John D. Reynolds, P.C., Sen. Yoine Goldstein, and
Timothy J. Murphy.
About McMillan LLP
McMillan is a leading Canadian business law firm committed to client
service and professional excellence for over 100 years. With recognised
expertise and acknowledged leadership in major business sectors,
McMillan provides definitive Canadian legal advice to businesses,
financial institutions, governments and private individuals in Canada,
the United States and internationally. McMillan has offices in
Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Hong Kong. McMillan
stands as a truly modern and ambitious law firm with enhanced scope,
deeper bench strength and a broad range of expertise offering
effective, innovative solutions to Canadian and international clients.
For more information, please visit our website at www.mcmillan.ca.
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SOURCE: McMillan LLP