Dale R. Ponder

Dale R. Ponder

National Co-Chair

Contact Information


tel: 416.862.6500




  • University of Western Ontario, LL.B.



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 received a “Lifetime achievement” award in 2018, in connection with the Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards. She was also a recipient of a Law Alumni Award of Distinction from Western Law, Western University’s law school. The Ivan Rand Alumni Award recognizes significant contributions to Western Law and to the alumni community. Most recently, Dale was named Canadian Legal Leader of the Year at the 2018 Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards. This award highlights legal leaders who are driving change within their organizations and redefining the firms’ purpose and strategy in the light of emerging economic and political challenges in the region.

Dale is a member of the boards of Morneau Shepell, Choice Properties REIT, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Governors’ Council of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation 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.

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Aquisitions
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Lexpert Zenith Award
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Natural Resources Law
  • Who’s Who Legal: Recognized in M&A (International) and M&A (Canada)
  • Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards: Recognized as Canadian Legal Leader of the Year
  • Western University: Recipient of Ivan Rand Alumni Award, an award that recognizes significant contribution to Western Law and to the alumni community
  • Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards: Recognized for Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Women Executive Network (WXN): Recognized in Top 100 Hall of Fame inductee
  • Toronto Lawyers Association: Recognize for Award of Distinction
  • Israel Cancer Research Fund: Recognized for Carol Tanenbaum Women of Actions Award

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