Les is an articling student at BLG’s Vancouver office.
As a law student, Les was president of the International Commercial and Trade Law Students Association. He was also a Legal Writing Leader, mentoring peers on effective approaches to legal writing, and a legal research tutor in the Dean’s Research and Writing Fellows Program. Les also interned at the Trademarks Opposition Board and undertook a practicum at the TradeLab, where he researched international trade and investment law issues on behalf of a beneficiary.
Prior to joining BLG, Les worked for two Members of Parliament, including former Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler. Les also lived in Beijing from 2012-2016, where he developed China-entry strategies at the Canada China Business Council and was the coordinator for the European University Centre at Peking University.
Les chose BLG because of the one-firm philosophy, BLG’s commitment to teamwork, and the firm’s dedication to providing an excellent climate for learning and growth.
For Les, BLG stood out in the way it fostered a collaborative approach to problem solving, both within the office and between offices. While Les was visiting BLG during the in-firm process, the firm’s friendly, collegial atmosphere became readily apparent, as did numerous hallmarks of a group that truly enjoyed working together.
Les was also drawn to the career development opportunities presented by the combination of BLG’s flexible rotation approach and the vast array of expertise, experience, and skill sets offered by the partners and associates at the firm.
Les is an avid sports fan, but particularly likes playing hockey and golf. In his spare time he can also be found kayaking Vancouver’s waterfront or jogging the city’s trails.