Michelle Grant

Forty Under 40 Winner 2016: Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, Age 37

One of only two women to become an equity partner in the corporate restructuring practice at Ernst & Young LLP, Michelle Grant was named a winner in this year’s Business in Vancouver Forty under 40 awards as a result of more than just her work in B.C.’s mining and metals sector.

“I am very Type A,” she said. “And I also have a drive to succeed within me.”

That said, she’s quick to attribute her success to those who have mentored her along the way. “[They] were willing to throw, not just push, me out of my comfort zone.”

Grant recently won a number of industry awards for a complex mining-company restructuring case, including mining and metals deal of the year and cross-border deal of the year, and was named the rising star of 2016 in the Association of Women in Finance Peak Awards.

That restructuring, which involved Veris Gold Corp., helped bolster Grant’s reputation as a go-to person for complex cases, with her peers describing her as having a professional maturity well beyond her years of experience.

In 2005, when she became the youngest person until then to receive a trustee in bankruptcy licence. That achievement was the result of her commitment to learning the full spectrum of skills required for success in her profession. “You have to achieve technical proficiency, even superiority, but then go beyond.”

Grant’s excellence extends well beyond her law practice. She is a past board member of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC and two-time co-chair of Ernst & Young’s Vancouver United Way campaign, work that garnered her a 2012 nomination for the United Way Spirit Awards.

As an exemplar of women in legal management, Grant is one of only a handful of women across the country who have built successful careers in the field of corporate restructuring.

As vice-chair of the Vancouver chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Grant also takes particular care to mentor young insolvency professionals and address the retention challenges that exist in the field.

Join us to celebrate the 2016 Forty under under 40 Awards January 25, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. For tickets and event info visit www.biv.com/events/40under40