UWindsor alumna Lori Shalhoub (BA communications 1983, LLB 1986) gives good advice.
Her performance as general counsel for Chrysler Canada earned her national recognition as she received the Canadian General Counsel of the Year Award at a May 31 dinner at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel honouring her and other nominees.
The award criteria include "excellence, the ability to deal with complexity across both issues and jurisdictions and an irrefutable sure-handedness in dealing with whatever challenges are faced."
Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Chrysler Canada, said the company is proud of Shalhoub's "well-deserved" recognition.
"Chrysler Canada experienced a transformational restructuring of the company in 2009," he said. "It simply would not have been possible without the efforts of Lori Shalhoub, who quarterbacked a myriad of tax, pension, government, union, supplier and regulatory issues to make it happen."
Shalhoub has been with Chrysler Canada since 1997, and in 2007 took on the role of Vice-President - General Counsel and Secretary/ External Affairs and Public Policy, is responsible for providing legal and governmental affairs advice to the senior management team in Canada. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Law Society of Upper Canada, Essex Law Association, and the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association.
The award carries with it $20,000 to establish a scholarship in Shalhoub's name at the Canadian law school of her choice—she selected her alma mater, Windsor Law.
“It is a tremendous honour to be recognized with this prestigious award,” she said. “I would like to thank the Chrysler team and external legal counsel who provided support and guidance throughout the past year, as well as the federal and Ontario governments for their commitment and confidence in the company."
In addition to her UWindsor degrees, Shalhoub holds a Master of Law in corporate law from Wayne State University.