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Founder & Co-Chairs – AIDSbeat
Patricia Olasker


Event Founder

Patricia Olasker is a senior partner in the Corporate/Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Mining practices at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. She advises domestic and foreign acquirers, targets, hedge funds, special committees and investment banks in M&A transactions, proxy contests and shareholder activism. She represents issuers and underwriters in some of Canada’s most complex and innovative financing transactions. She also specializes in public market derivatives, the development of innovative structured debt and equity products, high-yield debt financings and Multijurisdictional Disclosure System (MJDS) offerings. Patricia advises boards of directors and special committees on corporate governance and transaction-specific matters.

Gordon Capern

| Gordon Capern

Event Co-Chair

Gordon Capern is a senior partner at Paliare Roland and leader of the firm’s corporate and commercial litigation practice. Gordon enjoys representing the interests of entrepreneurs and has spent much of his career acting in cases involving businesses where there are significant interests at stake. He has advised clients and acted as counsel in the resolution of disputes in all areas of corporate and commercial activity, including:

  • Issues arising from complex commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions in a wide array of industries
  • Liability of professional advisors, including auditors, accountants and lawyers
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Director, officer and employee litigation, with considerable expertise in Their fiduciary obligations
  • Franchises and dealerships
David Palumbo

| David Palumbo

Event Co-Chair

David Palumbo is a partner at Baker McKenzie in Toronto. Mr. Palumbo is Chair of the Toronto Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a member of the Student Committee. He is also a member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Securities Law Sub-Committee. In addition, Gordon serves as counsel to the Italian Contemporary Film Festival and is a member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce.