Saskatoon-based law firm focused on utilizing innovative delivery methods and pricing structures.

Saskatoon-based law firm focused on utilizing innovative delivery methods and pricing structures.

the FIRM

Bridge Law LLP was founded in April of 2017 to provide in-house legal support to Saskatoon-based businesses using flexible delivery methods and pricing structures. Our philosophy is centered around leveraging our in-house experience to help optimize our clients’ usage of legal services and the resulting benefits.

We have extensive experience in the following areas:

Small Business

We have you covered from incorporation through to the sale of your business. We have experience completing incorporations, shareholder and partnership agreements, restructurings, financing, share and asset acquisitions and divestitures, leases and most other transactions you may run into.

Marketing & Sales

We have negotiated and drafted sales contracts with values of up to one billion dollars with customers from around the globe, including China and India.

Corporate Development

We have negotiated and drafted legal documents relating to acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and other business development opportunities.

Mining & Exploration

We have negotiated and drafted a wide range of agreements, including those related to drilling, royalties, options, farm-ins, joint ventures, purchase and sale, letters of intent, as well as mine and mill operating agreements.  In addition, we have considerable experience in providing practical legal advice in connection with the performance of such agreements.

Procurement & Transportation

We have negotiated and drafted a variety of purchase, sale, construction, consulting, service and lease agreements.

We have been involved in all aspects of the transportation of hazardous material, including drafting and negotiating transportation contracts, delivery logistics and all phases of transportation incidents.

Corporate Governance

We have acted as corporate secretary to various companies and joint ventures, which included organizing and facilitating board and management committee meetings. We have set-up companies and other business entities and have advised on ideal governance structures. We have also drafted and evaluated corporate policies.

Drawing on our many years of in-house experience, we will act as an organization’s de facto in-house legal department, handling all of our client’s legal needs for a fixed cost.

We will assist organizations that require legal support in addition to their current legal team. From individual files to filling in during a lawyer’s absence to handling all of our client’s legal needs in a specific area, we will find the solution that best meets your needs.

services & PRACTICE

Bridge Law LLP offers two avenues of organizational legal support to best suit the needs of our clients. From a fully integrated legal support, offering a Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) experience, to a specific file-based approach, our firm’s innovative practices will allow for comfort and flexibility to complement your organization.

services & PRACTICE

Bridge Law LLP offers two avenues of organizational legal support to best suit the needs of our clients. From a fully integrated legal support, offering a Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) experience, to a specific file-based approach, our firm’s innovative practices will allow for comfort and flexibility to complement your organization.

Drawing on our many years of in-house experience, we will act as an organization’s de facto in-house legal department, handling all of our client’s legal needs for a fixed cost.

We will assist organizations that require legal support in addition to their current legal team. From individual files to filling in during a lawyer’s absence to handling all of our client’s legal needs in a specific area, we will find the solution that best meets your needs.

this IS US

Bryan Augé

I was born in Juneau, Alaska where I lived for a few years until my parents were finally sick of the rain and decided to move to the tropical climate of California. Unfortunately, half way there they had a change of heart and we ended up in… (drum roll)…Yellowknife (not sure what they were thinking). My formative days were spent in Yellowknife, playing every sport imaginable and finding other ways to kill the 10 months of winter before the 2 months of summer arrived. After graduating, I headed to Calgary to complete an Engineering…no, Education…no, Math…no, Business degree. After spending six years seeing what virtually every faculty at the University had to offer, I headed back North armed with my BComm degree and a blank canvas as far as my future career went. After a short stint in Yellowknife, I decided to head to Iqaluit for a couple of years because Yellowknife apparently wasn’t far enough North. As Nunavut had recently become a territory, there was many opportunities for young people and I took advantage, working in the finance group in the Department of Public Works, eventually managing a few people and being involved in the budgeting process for the Government of Nunavut.

After being out of school for a few years, I decided I needed to go back, as there was a glaring hole in my list of faculties that I dipped my toe in, Law. I figured a law degree would be a good challenge and would assist me in further pursuing a business career, so I headed to the University of Saskatchewan as I was more of a small town guy, rather than a big city guy. While at law school, I met a Saskatchewan lady, who would eventually become my wife. Aside – Yellowknife men are known for taking their sweet time to actually pop the question to their future partners, so after a few years of dragging my heels, I actually entered into a contract with my future wife that I would marry her in the next couple years (much like Motley Crue’s contract that they will never tour again, I’m not sure how enforceable the contract actually was) – End Aside. After graduating with honours (mainly because nobody tries during 3rd year as they have jobs secured, except for myself of course), I headed back to Yellowknife to article for the biggest firm in the North, which had about 6 lawyers. After practicing for a couple of years, specializing mainly in corporate and securities law, my wife decided to go back to school (we both seemed to be on the same wavelength there), which lead us on a year-long journey that eventually took us back to Saskatoon.

We settled in Saskatoon and I started working at MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP (MLT), where I had the privilege of working under Dan Anderson, one of the brightest, most practical and, fortunately, most patient lawyers I know. It was a perfect situation for a young commercial lawyer to learn the craft. I worked at MLT for a couple of years, until an opportunity came up to join Cameco Corporation’s in-house legal department. My business roots were aroused by this opportunity, as one of the things I missed as a lawyer in a big firm was being more involved in the decision-making process and seeing the work you put into a transaction play out. I applied and was lucky enough to get the job. At Cameco, I joined a great team of 12+ lawyers, each one a pleasure to work with. I had the opportunity during my time with Cameco to work with virtually every business unit on almost every type of transaction imaginable. I also added some international flavour to my career, working with customers and partners from all over the globe and getting to travel to China, India and Kazakhstan, among others.

After being at Cameco for 8+ fabulous years and learning from all of my amazing experiences, I decided it was time to leave Cameco and embark on the next phase of my career. It was a difficult decision to make, but I’ve always wanted to run my own business and this was an ideal time to do it. I started up Bridge Law LLP with a colleague from Cameco, Wally Leis, in April of 2017 and we were off and running. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, as my former partner Wally decided to go back in-house at a potash company (he’s still making up for ditching me), but these things happen and now I have the pleasure of working with Diane Simon, my office manager, and things are going great. We plan for Bridge Law to be a fixture in the Saskatoon legal scene for many years to come.

On the personal side, my wife and I have two energetic kids, Joah (who like his dad is determined to play every sport imaginable) who is 9 and Marin (who has opened my eyes to the endless joys of having a girl) who is 7. We live by the river in the Holiday Park area of town. Our kids go the Saskatoon French School and we take advantage of all the amenities living close to the river has to offer. I am still involved in sports, coaching my son on various teams (mainly basketball), though my own sporting career does not have the same breadth it once did. I still bike (including to work, even in the winter, thus fulfilling whatever weird gene has me consistently living in cold places), cross-country ski, curl and lawn bowl (depending on your “sport” qualifications).

Diane Simon

I was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia and lived in BC for approximately 4 years. My mom (Marlene) then decided it would be a good idea to move away from the milder weather of BC to good old frigid Saskatchewan. She packed my sister (Donna), my brother (Rick) and myself into the car and off we went to Harris, Saskatchewan. While living in Harris, my mom met and married my (second) dad, Helmer (who worked for SaskPower) and I gained another sister (Sandra and we are best friends to this day). In 1974 my dad was awarded a transfer to Spiritwood where I graduated in 1981. Spiritwood was a great small town to grow up in and offered all of my favorite sporting opportunities – figure skating, volleyball and badminton. Little did I know I would also meet my future husband, Chris Simon, in this small town (but that’s a whole other story I won’t get into).

In 1981, I decided I had had enough of small town Saskatchewan and moved to the big city of Red Deer, Alberta. With only a high school diploma in hand, needless to say the job opportunities were pretty limited. I did manage to land a job as a Girl Friday for a car/home audio retailer but decided that the pay just wouldn’t cut it. I moved back to Spiritwood that fall to teach figure skating for the winter. It was then I decided that in order to make a decent living in the big old world, I would need to get a post secondary education. So back to Red Deer I went in the summer of 1982 to begin the two year Paralegal Program at Red Deer College.

When I graduated from Red Deer College in 1984, I moved back to Saskatchewan but no small town for me – it would be a big city – Saskatoon (and I’ve been here ever since). I was fortunate to land my first legal assistant job with Schulman Morrison Boryski & Gall where I worked for Tony Boryski.

In 1986 I made the move to MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman where I worked for 11.5 years. I was fortunate to gain experience in many areas of the law including (but not limited to) litigation, labour, real estate, wills and estates, foreclosure proceedings and corporate.

In 1997 I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try my skills in the corporate world. I joined COGEMA Resources Inc. (now Orano Resources Inc.) as a legal/administrative assistant to the President, Vice-President, Corporate Lawyer and Public Relations Specialist. In 2001, I decided to go back to the legal field and joined Mathiason, Valkenburg. In 2003, I decided to give the corporate world another try and joined Cameco Corporation. I worked in the marketing department as an Executive Assistant for 11 years and moved to the legal department as a Legal Assistant for another 3.5 years.

In 2018, I decided to leave the corporate world once and for all and joined Bryan Auge at Bridge Law LLP as his office manager. As you can see, there is a definite pattern in my work career but I always seem to find my way back to the legal profession. I am truly enjoying my new position with Bridge Law and working again with Bryan (we had worked together in legal at Cameco for a couple of years).

On a personal note, Chris and I tied the knot on July 20, 1985. We were blessed with our beautiful daughter, Alexandra (Alex) on November 3, 1989 and our adorable son, Steven (Stevie) on April 10, 1992. I am happy to report that everyone is doing well.

contact US

Office Address

230 22nd Street East, Suite 300
Saskatoon, SK  S7K 0E9

Diane Simon
OFFICE MANAGER

p: (306) 270-5576
e: dsimon@bridgelawllp.ca

Bryan Augé
LAWYER

p: (306) 251-1052
e: bauge@bridgelawllp.ca

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