People on the Move: Nelligan O’Brien Payne names four new partners

From left, Frances Shapiro Munn, David Contant, Karine Dion and Erin Lepine were recently named partners at Nelligan O'Brien Payne.

Frances Shapiro Munn, David Contant, Karine Dion and Erin Lepine have been named partners at Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP. Shapiro Munn practises personal injury law with a focus on insurance defence litigation and professional liability litigation. Contant specializes in civil litigation, employment law and personal injury litigation. Dion practises in the firm’s labour and employment law groups, while Lepine is a member of the firm’s family law and wills and estates groups.

InitLive has appointed Chris Courneya as CEO and a member of the company’s board of directors. Courneya is the former CEO of PrairieFyre Software and was active in the Ottawa technology community as a mentor and angel investor.

Randolph (Randy) Cowen and Steve Pusey have joined Solace’s board of directors. Cowen brings 30 years of financial services and information technology experience to the board and spent more than two decades with Goldman Sachs. Pusey comes to the role with 35 years of international business experience, including serving as Vodafone’s chief technology officer.

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The Edison Electric Institute presented Hydro Ottawa with the association's Emergency Assistance Award for its work assisting customers affected by Hurricane Irma last September. Hydro Ottawa sent a group of 26 employees to rural Georgia to assist in power restoration after the hurricane devastated many communities in the southern United States. The agency’s crews worked with Georgia Power and other utilities offering mutual aid. The award recognizes an outstanding response in assisting other electric companies in power restoration efforts after severe weather conditions or other natural events.