Debbie has over 25 years of broad-based experience acting on behalf of emerging growth companies, established public and private technology businesses, venture capital funds, and investment bankers. She has represented innovative, knowledge-based issuers and underwriters in numerous Canadian and U.S. public offerings including JDS Fitel Inc. (now JDS Uniphase Corporation), GSI Lumonics Inc., JetForm Corporation and MOSAID Technologies Limited. She also has substantial experience in venture capital and other private financing transactions. Debbie is particularly focused on mergers and acquisitions and has taken the lead role in well over 160 M&A’s, including the sale of companies to Cisco, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM,, PMC-Sierra, and Alcatel Lucent.

Industry Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Lexpert® Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (America Lawyer Magazine)
  • Canada’s Top Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer (Financial Post)

Recent Noteworthy M&A Transactions

  • Blaze Software’s sale to Akamai Technologies
  • BelAir Network’s sale to Ericsson
  • Dayforce’s sale to Ceridian
  • MOSAID Technologies’ sale to Sterling Partners
  • LPI Level Platform’s sale to AVG Technologies
  • prairieFyre’s sale to Mitel
  • Radian6’s sale to
  • Rypples’ sale to

Current Board Positions

  • Board Member, Member of Compensation Committee and Chair of Corporate Governance Committee, Open Text Corporation (TSXOTC NASDAQOTEX)
  • Board Member, Dynex Semiconductor Inc. (TSX-V), Chair of Audit and Governance Committees – majority owned by TEG Electric (Hunan, China)
  • Chair of the Board of Governors, Chair of Chair’s Committee, Nomination Committee and Human Resources Committee, Ashbury College
  • Board Member, Chair of Governance Committee, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Prior Board Positions

  • Board Member and Chair of Governance Committee, ADESA Inc. (NYSE)
  • Board Member and Member of Compensation Committee, Allete Inc. (NYSE)
  • Board Member, MOSAID Technologies Inc. (TSX)
  • Board Member, AIT Advanced Information Technologies Inc.(TSX)
  • Board Member, JetForm Corporation (Accelio Corporation) (NASDAQ and TSX)
  • Board Member, United Way
  • Board Member, Chair and Member of Executive Committee, Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI); recently renamed Invest Ottawa