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Dale Ponder, LLB’80, is Managing Partner and Chief Executive of one of Canada’s pre-eminent law firms, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. She has led some of the country’s most innovative mergers and acquisitions and is a mentor to a new generation of lawyers. And her extraordinary career in law started at Western.


Dale Ponder is Managing Partner and Chief Executive of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and also serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee.  As a senior member of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice, she has had extensive experience throughout her career leading transactions relating to public and private merger and acquisition matters and advising boards of public companies.

Dale’s practice background has focused on M&A, securities regulation and corporate governance. She has represented Canadian market leaders in various industry sectors with cross-border and international business interests, including the financial services, mining, consumer and pension plan sectors.  In the course of her practice, she has been recognized as a leading corporate and M&A lawyer by various peer ranking publications, including Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert’s Leading Corporate Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Canada.

Dale has spoken extensively on leadership in professional services industries and has been recognized repeatedly as one of WXN’s Top 100 Powerful Women in Canada and as one of the Top 25 by Canada’s Women of Influence organization.  She was also the recipient of a 2013 Lexpert Zenith award.

Dale is a member of the United Way Toronto Major Individual Giving Cabinet and the CGCA Advisory Board and a mentor in the Women’s Executive Network.

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