Vancouver (January 29th, 2008) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) has appointed Deborah Overholt to the position of Regional Managing Partner. Ms. Overholt will now be responsible for overseeing operations at the Firm’s Vancouver office, which includes a team of 375 lawyers, professionals and staff. In her new position she will also play a leadership role in the Firm nationally as a member of both the National Council and National Executive Committee.

Ms. Overholt became a partner at BLG in 1997. She possesses broad experience in the areas of environmental law, energy-related transactions and general commercial transactions. She has provided services to a number of high profile clients such as the British Columbia Railway Company and BC Hydro. Recently, Ms. Overholt acted as co-counsel to British Columbia Railway Company in a public-private transaction involving the sale of assets and a long-term operating lease for Vancouver Wharves.

'Deborah has consistently demonstrated the innovative, incisive leadership BLG needs in British Columbia’s dynamic business sector,' said Sean Weir, National Managing Partner at BLG. 'Now as Regional Managing Partner, her reputation in the legal community, combined with her client-focused approach to practice, will greatly benefit the Vancouver office and its clients.'

Ms. Overholt has held a number of leadership positions with the Firm during her tenure. She has served as a member of several BLG management committees, including the Vancouver Regional Management, Compensation Advisory and Student Recruitment Committees. Most recently, Ms. Overholt served as head of the Corporate Commercial Practice Group in Vancouver. Ms. Overholt is also a member of the Business Council of British Columbia, serving on their Environmental Advisory Group.

'The B.C. economy has experienced a period of expansion and prosperity,' says Ms. Overholt. 'Our professionals have been at the forefront of this growth, even helping to shape its physical infrastructure with our work on projects such as the Sea-to-Sky Highway expansion, the Golden Ears Bridge and road projects, and the BC Hydro power procurement processes. BLG has always been recognized for its high caliber of lawyers and innovation within the legal field. As Regional Managing Partner, my goal is to ensure we continue offering clients the highest level of service and build upon our reputation as a leading Canadian law firm."

About Deborah Overholt

Deborah Overholt represents a wide variety of industrial and commercial enterprises including forest companies, mining companies, manufacturers, transportation entities and financial institutions in due diligence investigations, negotiation and drafting of environmental provisions in transaction documents, environmental compliance issues, developing environmental management systems, environmental impact assessment issues, contaminated site issues, associated negotiations with environmental authorities and minimizing environmental liability generally in corporate and commercial transactions and ongoing operations.

She has appeared before regulatory tribunals on permit issues, administrative orders and contaminated site issues and has also prepared submissions to government concerning proposed legislation for business groups such as the Business Council of British Columbia.

Deborah also advises participants involved in electrical energy and gas transmission projects, including development and implementation of several major power procurement programs in British Columbia.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

With more than 700 lawyers, intellectual property agents, and other professionals working in six major Canadian cities, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is a leading Canadian full-service law firm. BLG provides bilingual legal and intellectual property services in virtually every area of law, and represents a wide range of regional, national and multinational organizations.

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Angie Gurley
Ketchum Public Relations Canada (For BLG)
angela.gurley@ketchum.com
416-355-7415