Janice Quigg is a construction lawyer with 20 years of experience, a corporate trainer, a Harvard-educated mediator and coach, and a TEDx speaker who has been featured on TV, radio, and in the Wall Street Journal. She is also an award-winning author whose work has garnered two Editor’s Choice Awards for her chapters in The Soul of Success by Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and in Professional Performance 360 Special Edition: Success, featuring co-author Richard Branson. As counsel for the Dependable Group of Companies, she combines her passion for all things business and law to handle all legal matters and assist with company policies, corporate training in risk management and leadership skills, and the implementation of her own leadership training model called LEAD. “I’m doing everything I’m passionate about, so it is a dream position for me,” she says.
Janice joined the Dependable Group of Companies as counsel just under a year ago, when it was called Dependable Mechanical Services Inc., a company that focused on providing mechanical services. Since that time, the company has expanded into four branches—Dependable Mechanical Services Inc.; Dependable Electrical Services Inc.; Dependable Service Solutions Inc.; and 4R HVAC Inc. Janice was brought on initially to handle the company’s litigation, but after the firm’s President witnessed her varied skill set in leadership, writing, corporate training, and conflict resolution, her responsibilities expanded to include corporate, team-building, and leadership training based upon her own LEAD model. The acronym—and her model—encompasses all the important tenants required for strong leadership in the company: Lead with heart, Excel at conflict resolution, Add value to your people, Develop trust.
A strong leader with expertise in corporate training and corporate culture, Janice teaches everyone within the company to be a leader and provides strategic guidance to create an environment that engages employees, reduces conflict, and allows both people and the company to flourish—and with a lifelong passion for the law, she knows the high price of conflict and the invaluable benefits of resolution. At just 12 years old, Janice knew she wanted to be a lawyer. Since being called to the Ontario Bar in 1995, she has dedicated nearly her entire legal career exclusively to construction law as an lawyer, a teacher, a trainer—and as the first female chair of the Ontario Bar Association Construction Section, for whom she also conducted teaching and training and presented at conferences.
Janice also taught at the Law Society of Upper Canada (now called the Law Society of Ontario) and served as a part-time professor at George Brown College teaching a construction law course. She has shared her insights on the construction industry through a TEDx talk focused on the construction industry and how it creates positive ripples in the economy. Janice obtained her LL.B. in 1993. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with honors, and received her coaching and mediation training at Harvard in 2015 and 2016. She is a member of the Women’s Speakers Association and a trustee of the OBA Foundation.
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Download the Top 100 Canadian Professionals magazine and check out Janice's feature on page 96.