Ponora Ang is an experienced civil and commercial litigator who offers expertise in a wide variety of complex cases. When a case cannot be settled, Ponora appears before the different judicial bodies to assert the rights of his clients. In addition to his civil and commercial litigation practice, Ponora is well known to companies in the Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific regions, such as China, Japan and Korea, for his legal and strategic advice regarding investment and implementation projects in Canada.
Ponora counsels and represents clients in the areas of real estate, product liability, sale and leasing, insurance and franchise law. Ponora is regularly asked to represent the interests of manufacturers, producers, distributors and sellers in the automotive, medical, security and aviation industries. In addition, he regularly advises state-owned enterprises, private companies and individuals from Asia seeking to expand their business activities in Canada in a variety of industries.
Ponora has taught business law in a global context as part of the Université de Montréal faculty of law’s LLM program in product liability and civil and commercial litigation. He also received YBAM’s “Lawyer of the Year 2010” award in civil and commercial litigation. Ponora was also recognized in the prestigious Lexpert Rising Star 2021 / Top 40 Under 40 list for his legal expertise. In addition, in 2023, he was awarded the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec in honour off his numerous engagements for the society over the years.
Ponora continued to be also involved in a number of committees and boards of directors in Québec, both in business and trade associations as well as for charitable organizations. In particular, he was President of the Young Chinese Professionals Association, which was awarded “Best Young Chamber of Commerce of Québec 2012” during his term. He was also one of the four finalists for the RJCCQ’s “Director of the Year 2013 in Québec” award. Ponora was listed in the “Top 20 Diversity Personalities of the Year 2013” by the Médiamosaique Press Association, in collaboration with ICI Radio-Canada. In 2015, he was also named Eminent Young Overseas Chinese by the Chinese government. Ponora is currently the President of the Montréal Chinese Hospital Foundation. In addition to his professional practice and community involvement, he is also a caregiver whose daily life was the subject of a documentary by ICI Radio-Canada in 2022.
Ponora is also co-author of a law book entitled “The Essential Guide to Settlement in Canada,” published in December 2013 by LexisNexis Butterworths Canada, a valuable practice manual designed for litigation lawyers that focuses exclusively on out-of-court settlement arrangements across Canada. In 2014, he spoke at a conference on alternative dispute resolution methods during a training program for Chinese judges offered by Canadian professors and judges.