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Lydia S. Bugden

Lydia is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Stewart McKelvey, being called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1992 and the Ontario Bar in 1994.  After seven years as in-house counsel, Lydia joined Stewart McKelvey in September 1999.  During her time with the Firm, Lydia has provided counsel to corporate clients in relation to mergers and acquisitions, financings, renewal energy projects (wind and tidal), corporate restructuring and governance matters. She is recognized in her profession being named Top 40 Under 40 by LEXPERT Magazine in 2004, and has been noted as a leading corporate-commercial practitioner in a number of legal publications.

In addition to sitting on the board of Develop Nova Scotia, she is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation and President of the HALIFAST Track & Field club.  Her prior community involvement focused on child and youth initiatives including Past Chair of Phoenix Youth Programs, two terms on the Board of the YMCA, Past Chair of the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Board of Governors, and past President of the Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club.  In the fall of 2009 The Progress Club recognized Lydia with a "Women of Excellence" Award.  Lydia was named one of the top leading women lawyers in Canada receiving a L'Expert "Zenith Award" in September, 2013 and recently, in May of 2018, was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine.