Lydia Bugden

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner

“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”
- Margaret Thatcher

Highest quality of services.

Tenacious is one way of describing Lydia. With the drive and energy to see an issue through to its completion, her clients appreciate her head-on approach and ability to distil the facts and provide direction.  Lydia believes in both strong internal and external working relationships, which she feels provide a solid foundation for trust and practical solutions in challenging situations.

Representative matters

Working with a diverse group of clients which include Canadian chartered banks, privately-held family businesses, land developers, large energy project proponents, retailers and manufacturers, Lydia has been involved in a number of significant transactions in our region including:
  • Acting as counsel on energy projects in relation to matters concerning project financing, land assembly and regulatory compliance matters.
  • Providing structured and strategic counsel to corporate clients in relation to mergers and acquisitions, financings, corporate restructuring and governance matters.
  • Acting as counsel to banking clients in relation to bi-lateral and syndicated credit facilities.

Areas of practice

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Banking
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Energy and Natural Resources


Ontario, 1994
Nova Scotia, 1992


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
Law Society of Ontario


University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 1991
Dalhousie University, B.Comm., 1988


  • Chief executive officer, 2015-present
  • Regional Managing Partner, Nova Scotia, Stewart McKelvey, 2013-present
  • Department manager, Business, Stewart McKelvey, 2012-2013
  • Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2008-2011
  • Associate Practice Manager, Corporate, Halifax office, Stewart McKelvey, 2001-2008 & 2012-2013
  • Member, Business Development Committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2008-2009
  • President, Board of Directors, Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club, 2012-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, 2012-present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, QEII Foundation, 2014-present
  • Co-chair, YMCA fundraiser, "S'Mores in the City", 2013 & 2014
  • Member, Board of Directors, YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth, 2007-2013
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Phoenix Youth Programs, 2005-2012
  • Chair, Board of Governors, Nova Scotia Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, 2010-2011
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association





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  • Best Lawyers 2019 Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Recipient, Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Award, 2018
  • Best Lawyers 2018 Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers 2017 Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers 2014 Mergers & Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance Law, 2013-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2006, 2008-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2011-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Natural Resources, 2013-2019
  • Member, 2013 Lexpert/American Lawyer Media's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers
  • Recipient, Lexpert Magazine's 'Top 40 Lawyers Under 40' in Canada Award, 2004
  • Recipient, The Progress Club "Women of Excellence" Award, 2009
  • Recipient, Lexpert Zenith Award, "Leading Women Lawyers", 2013


  • Presenter, "Designing and implementing new initiatives", Women in Leadership conference, April 2015
  • Co-presenter, "E-Contracts - How It Can Be Hip to be Square", CBA Nova Scotia Mid-Winter Conference, Thursday, January 29, 2015
  • Co-Chair, "Taking Care of Business. Taking Care of Your Client", CBA Nova Scotia Business Law Conference, Friday, November 14, 2014
  • Co-presenter, "10 Biggest Mistakes Corporate Lawyers Make", part of CBA Skilled Lawyers Series, Corporate Stream, May 2014
  • Co-presenter, “Running an M&A Deal”, part of CBA Skilled Lawyers Series, Corporate Stream, May 2011
  • Presenter, “The Front and Back End of a Deal”, CBA Online CLE, April 2010
  • Co-presenter, “Lending, Credit and Syndicated Facilities and Security Agreements: Closing the Financial Transaction”, Major Business Agreements Conference March 2010
  • Presenter, “Syndicated Loan Facilities”, Major Business Agreements Conference,  April 2009
  • Co-chair,  Major Business Agreements conferences, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (presented by Insight)

Suite 900
Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 3N2

P 902.420.3372
F 902.420.1417

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