Sheldon is a versatile business lawyer and executive with over 20 years of combined law firm and industry experience. Excellent communicator who creatively puts into action legal (deal structuring and quasi-legal lobbying, arbitration) tools, along with analytical and people skills, to negotiate win-win solutions (joint venture, asset and share purchase agreements). Proven track record in developing and implementing strategic policies and programs (ethics and governance). Demonstrated staff/team leadership. Strong knowledge of corporate governance requirements at the Board of Directors level to make the process work efficiently. Sheldon also has obtained a masters degree in International Trade and Competitive Law.
Sheldon was the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Spar Aerospace Limited for over 20 years and from March 2001 until March 2005, Sheldon acted as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Open Text Corporation. Since 2001, Sheldon has worked on many significant public and private acquisitions in Canada, the United States, Austria and Germany. Sheldon has also managed Material Litigation matters on a worldwide basis and maintains strong relationships with local law firms throughout the world. Advice has been provided for all aspects of general corporate, commercial and secretarial matters. Duties included legal contractual responsibility for the negotiation of license, maintenance and professional services agreements to a value in excess of $500 million per annum, significant planning for Sarbannes-Oxley and Security Commission compliance, as well as all aspects of corporate governance and attendance at all board and committee meetings.
Sheldon’s clients have included various companies in the high technology sector such as: Spar Aerospace Limited, Geac Computer Corporation, ComDev International Limited, Open Text Corporation and MacDonald Dettwiler Robotics. In addition, transactions worked on include material contracts for the sale of satellites, space wireless systems and products in Africaand South America and, the negotiation of significant technology transfer and license agreements. Major subcontractor development agreements relating to mobile wireless Internet products were also negotiated with various engineering firms in Canada and the United States.
Areas of Practice and Industry Speciality
• Business Practices – General Counsel, Corporate, Commercial Transactions, Government Contracting, Partnership Matters, Shareholder Agreements, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions, Purchase and Sale of Business, Corporate Governance, and Litigation Management
• Technology and Intellectual Property – Software Licensing, Computers, e-Commerce and Internet Matters, Research and Development
– Software Licensing, Computers, e-Commerce and Internet Matters, Research and Development
• Bachelor of Arts, McGill University, 1970
• Bachelor of Laws, McGill University 1973
• Bachelor of Civil Law, McGill University 1974
• Called to the Quebec Bar 1975
• Called to the Ontario Bar 1979
• International Trade and Competition Law, LLM Osgoode Hall 1998
• Canadian Bar Association
• Fellow the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada
• Professional Administrator, The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada
• Addressed the Corporate Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association on Counter-Trade
• Addressed the Institute for International Research on Protection of Confidential Information
• Guest Lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School, 1998
• Osgoode Hall panelist, CLE Programme on Cross Border Litigation, September 2003