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 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 sits on the board of Develop Nova Scotia (a NS Crown corporation), chairs its Governance and Human Resources Committee, and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation. Lydia is a recipient of The Progress Club’s “Women of Excellence” Award and was named one of the top leading women lawyers in Canada receiving a L’Expert “Zenith Award” in September, 2013 and in 2018 and 2019 was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine.