Av Maharaj

Chief Administrative Officer, VP Legal, Corporate Affairs and HR, The Kraft Heinz Company

Av Maharaj is Chief Administrative Officer of Kraft Heinz Canada and VP of Legal, Corporate Affairs and HR.Hisrole covers several areas including M&A, crisis management, government relations, CSR/ESG, media communications, advertising and marketing law, labour and employment matters, litigation and cross-border issues.

Prior to 2016,AvworkedattheCanadianlaw firm Faskens as Counsel, where he was engaged in a variety of client development and transaction management matters. Prior to this, Av held senior positions at the Kellogg Company including serving as a member of the Canadian Executive Leadership Team, and Vice President, International, Legal, where he was responsible for all legal operations of Kellogg out side of the United States.

Av is the former Chair of Legal Leaders for Diversity and continues to be a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Av has received several awards including being named In-House Counsel of the Year by the South Asian Bar Association and a Diversity Champion by Women of Influence. Prior to joining Kellogg, Av practiced law at Fasken Martineau and Blake, Cassels & Graydon, focusing on securities, M&A and corporate law.

Av holds an Honours Degree in Economics and a Law Degree from Western University ands its on the board of the Home Construction Regulatory Authority.