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Dale R. Ponder

Dale R. Ponder

National Co-Chair


Contact Information

dponder@osler.com

tel: 416.862.6500

Office

Toronto

Education
  • University of Western Ontario, LL.B.
Language(s)
English

Dale Ponder is Co-Chair of the Firm, and also serves on the Firm’s Partnership Board. She is the immediate past National Managing Partner and Chief Executive partner for the Firm, a position she held for nine years. 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 was a 2017 Top 100 Hall of Fame inductee) and as one of the Top 25 by Canada’s Women of Influence organization. She was the recipient of the 2017 Toronto Lawyers Association Award of Distinction, the 2016 Israel Cancer Research Fund Business Award of Distinction and a 2013 Lexpert Zenith award. Dale also received a “Lifetime achievement” award in 2018, in connection with the Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards.

Dale is a member of the boards of Morneau Shepell, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Governors’ Council of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, the CGCA Advisory Board and the Caldwell Partners Top 40 Under 40 Advisory Board. She is also Chair of the Canadian Business Growth Fund.

Dale is also a lecturer at Western Law School, teaching an advanced M&A Course.

Lexpert

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2018: Consistently Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2018: Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017-2018: Consistently Recommended, Corporate Commercial Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2017: Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2017: Consistently Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, 2017: Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016: Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Commercial Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2015: Consistently Recommended, Corporate Commercial Law.
  • Lexpert Zenith Award, 2013.

Who’s Who Legal

  • Who’s Who Legal: International - M&A 2018.
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada - M&A 2018.

Best Lawyers

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2019: Corporate Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2019: Mergers & Acquisitions Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2008-2019: Natural Resources Law.

Euromoney Women in Business Law

  • Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2018: Lifetime Achievement Award.

Expert Guides

  • Expert Guides: The Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers, 2018: Mergers and Acquisitions.

Women Executive Network

  • Women Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Hall of Fame inductee, 2017.

Toronto Lawyers Association

  • Toronto Lawyers Association's Award of Distinction, 2017.

Israel Cancer Research Fund

  • Carol Tanenbaum Women of Actions Award, 2016.

  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Women Corporate Directors, Toronto Chapter