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Lydia Bugden, K.C.

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner

Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2



Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Ontario 1994, Nova Scotia 1992

Executive Assistant: Pamela Connor

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. She is recognized in her profession previously being named Top 40 Under 40 by LEXPERT Magazine, and over the years has been noted as a leading corporate-commercial practitioner in a number of legal publications. Lydia gives her time as a member of the board of NetZero Atlantic and is Vice Chair of Ovarian Cancer Canada. She sits on the UNB Law Dean’s Advisory Council and Co-Chairs the UNB Law Campaign Cabinet.  Lydia is a recipient of The Progress Club’s “Women of Excellence” Award, was named one of the top leading women lawyers in Canada receiving a Lexpert “Zenith Award” and in 2022 was inducted into the Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs Hall of Fame.

Education & Career


University of New Brunswick, LLB, 1991
Dalhousie University, BComm, 1988


Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner, 2015 – present
Member, Board of Directors, NetZero Atlantic, 2023 – present
Member, Board of Directors, Ovarian Cancer Canada, 2022 – present
Member, Board of Directors, C.D. Howe Institute, 2021 – 2023
President, Dartmouth HaliFast Track & Field Association, 2017 – present
Member, Board of Trustees, QEII Foundation, 2014 – present (Chair of the Board, 2019 – 2021; Past-chair, 2021 – 2023)
Member, Board of Directors, Develop Nova Scotia, 2012 – 2020
Regional Managing Partner, Nova Scotia, Stewart McKelvey, 2013 – 2015
President, Board of Directors, Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club, 2012 – 2015
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, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2008 – 2011


King’s Counsel, 2020
Member, Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame, 2022
Recipient, Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Award, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022
Best Lawyers 2019 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
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
Recipient, Lexpert Zenith Award, “Leading Women Lawyers”, 2013
Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance Law, 2013 – 2024
Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2006, 2008 – 2024
Best Lawyers: Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2011 – 2024
Best Lawyers: Natural Resources, 2013 – 2024
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
Martindale-Hubbell rating: CV


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

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

Co-chair, Major Business Agreements conferences, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (presented by Insight)

Presenter, “Syndicated Loan Facilities”, Major Business Agreements Conference, April 2009

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