Until July 31, 2006, Mr. Emes was a partner with Stikeman Elliott LLP, a leading national and international law firm. Mr. Emes' practice focused on complex corporate commercial matters, including public and private mergers and acquisitions/dispositions, banking, corporate governance matters, commercial real estate transactions, oil and gas transactions, debt restructuring transactions, derivatives and a wide range of other corporate and commercial matters. Prior to concentration on corporate commercial matters, Mr. Emes carried on a high level commercial litigation practice. Mr. Emes was managing partner of the Stikeman Elliott Calgary office for 7 years and was a member of the firm's national partnership board for 7 years. Mr. Emes has also worked for Mobil Oil (Canada) as an economist in their planning group.
Mr. Emes has served on audit committees, compensation committees, nominating committees, corporate governance committees and special committees and is currently a Director of Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc. and Realex Properties Corp.
In addition to attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Mr. Emes has completed the Royal Bank of Canada's management training program and undertaken additional studies in accounting and corporate finance. Mr. Emes is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Corporate Governance College, Director Education Program.