60-second interview with Kwende Thomas

Kwende Thomas, 26/2/2019

Kwende Thomas TEP is a staff lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto, Canada.

What does your firm or employer do?

Blake, Cassels & Graydon provides legal services to businesses in Canada and worldwide.

How has the STEP course you followed assisted you in your day-to-day work?

I took the STEP Advanced Certificate in Company Law & Practice course in 2015. I found it practical and meaningful and it contributed significantly to my practice. The course content provided a solid review of corporate practice and procedure in the various offshore jurisdictions. It gave me a thorough understanding of the international offshore industry. Having worked in a trust and company management office, it’s been relevant and useful. I’ve been more confident when giving advice, especially international trust and corporate matters.

What advice would you give to those who are considering taking the course?

The knowledge and insights you’ll gain will help your professional and career development. It’s best to schedule periods of study and work progressively through the material. The study aids, podcasts, quizzes and revision material provided by CLT International will prove most beneficial, when utilised fully and effectively.

How do you see your career developing in the future?

STEP is truly an international organisation; the TEP designation is like a passport. I have moved from the British Virgin Islands to Toronto and I have been assimilated into STEP Canada, specifically the STEP Toronto branch. It is truly phenomenal to see how transferable and recognisable the TEP designation is, and as I embark on working in Toronto, accessing and benefiting from the STEP resources and networking opportunities, I can see that my career will develop in an exciting, challenging and meaningful way.

Kwende Thomas TEP is a staff lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto, Canada, having previously been based in the British Virgin Islands. Kwende has 15 years’ practical experience in law, corporate finance, regulatory compliance, capital markets, pension and asset management, treasury operations, trust and private client management, and investment banking. He notes that the TEP designation has been a critical and important attainment in his professional development.