Paula Olexiuk

Paula Olexiuk

June 14, 2011

By Shannon Sutherland, The Calgary Herald (The Calgary Law Review)

Paula Olexiuk is a partner in corporate law with Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP. Her practice focuses on the construction, development, acquisition and divestiture of energy projects in Canada and abroad. [She was recently interviewed by Shannon Sutherland. A selection of the questions and answers are excerpted below.]

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What was it that attracted you to law? I remember wanting to become a lawyer pretty much as far back as I can remember. I decided sometime in junior high school – and perhaps even before that – that I wanted to be a lawyer, and I never really deviated from that career path. I always knew I would go to university and wanted to choose a challenging, engaging profession – law seemed like a natural choice. It turned out to be the right choice and I cannot imagine doing anything else.

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What’s the best part of your job? At Osler, I am always learning and being challenged. Osler has one of the leading and most experienced energy teams in the country and we have the privilege of being entrusted with our clients’ most significant and strategic projects and transactions. This allows me to focus my practice on large, complex energy transactions and projects and there are always unique aspects and interesting issues in every transaction and project I work on. I really enjoy the high quality of work and being part of an industry that is so dynamic and fundamental to the economy and the way we live in Calgary and in Canada. I am also really fortunate to work with a really great group of people who enjoy working together and have fun at work.

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How do you define professional success? For me, it means having a challenging and rewarding career where you truly enjoy your work and the people you work with and feel personal fulfilment in your career. However, it is also equally important to make it a priority to give back to others, whether as a mentor within or outside your organization, a volunteer in your community or giving to charity.

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What does a great day off look like for you? It would be spending the day with my children and playing outside in the backyard or at the park or spending the day at Calaway Park going on the kiddie rides and eating cotton candy. For me, there is nothing more precious than spending time with my family.