Claire E. Milton, Q.C., ICD.D

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"Business leaders require fast and practical advice, and I know my clients value my ability to deliver this. I love helping clients achieve business objectives. It is a real sense of reward to be on a client’s winning team."

About Claire

Claire is a member of the Business Law and Employment Law teams. She provides legal services in the areas of general corporate and business advice, governance, securities, regulatory compliance, acquisitions, financing and employment.

Claire has many years experience as general counsel of an important Canadian public company, and can anticipate and assist businesses of any size in the range of issues that arise both operationally and in special transactions. She has a great deal of experience in corporate governance and holds the ICD.D designation of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She has also assumed other business leadership roles, including interim chief operating officer, treasurer and corporate secretary. Claire also has considerable knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and has acted as counsel for a variety of pharmacy owners. Claire understands the practical and strategic requirements of business owners.

Claire is a director of the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association and of Coast Arts Association, which governs Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company and the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. She is a past governor of Mount Saint Vincent University, and has volunteered for many community organizations, including United Way Halifax. She is a past trustee of United Way’s Tomorrow Fund, is a past director and secretary of the Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation, and past director of Dressage Canada. Claire has written and presented to several industry organizations, and Co-Chaired the 2007 Annual Conference of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute. She was interviewed for the book, “Made in Canada Leadership: Wisdom from the Nation's Best and Brightest on the Art and Practice of Leadership”, by Amal Henein and Francoise Morissette. Claire was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010, and has been recognized annually since 2015 by her peers through Best Lawyers® International in the field of corporate governance. Commencing in 2017, Claire serves on the Discipline Committee for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia and is Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (NS) Securities Law Subsection.

Claire is an equestrian and manages Atlantic Canada's largest equestrian competition every August, the Coveside Classic. She is a singer and amateur actor, and Claire performs from time to time in Halifax.

Areas of Practice

Claire's Background

  • 2008: Director's Education Program, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Institute of Corporate Directors
  • 1990: LL.B., Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1987: B.A. (Honours), English & French, St. Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2011 - Present: Associate, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2010: Independent Consultant
  • 1998- 2009: General Counsel & Secretary, High Liner Foods Incorporated
Professional Memberships
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member - Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Member - Finance Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society (June 2011 - present)
  • Vice Chair - Canadian Bar Association, Securities Law Section
Community Activities
  • Director - Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association
  • Board Member - Nova Scotia Hunter Jumper Association
  • Director - Coast Arts Association
  • Organizing Committee - Coveside Classic Horse Show
  • Board of Trustees - United Way of Halifax Tomorrow Foundation (May 2011)
  • Former Member - Editorial Board, Canadian Investor Relations Institute ( 2006- 2008)
  • Former Governor - Mount Saint Vincent University (2004 - 2010), Chair Human Resources & Governance Committee, Labour Relations Advisory Council, Joint Board-Senate Liaison Committee
  • Former Director & Secretary - Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation (2006-2011)
  • Former Board of Directors - Metro United Way (1995 - 1999) Chair Agency and Community Services Committee
Publications & Presentations
  • Presenter- CBA SKilled Lawyer Series, "Risk Management for Lawyers", June 2013
  • Keynote Panel - 2012 Major Business Agreements Insight Conference
  • Panel Speaker - 2011 Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Annual Meeting - "Managing Risk for Competitive Advantage."
Awards & Honours
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 - 2018 published by Best Lawyers®
  • Queen's Counsel, 2010

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