2021 Judges


Gerry Apostolatos

Former Chair of the Board of Directors

Langlois lawyers, LLP



Marc B. Barbeau

Chair of the Firm

Stikeman Elliott LLP



Stephen Beney

Managing Partner

Bereskin & Parr LLP




Mark T. Bennett

Managing Partner

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP



Lilac Bosma

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

HSBC Bank Canada



Lydia Bugden, QC

CEO & Managing Partner

Stewart McKelvey




Lynn Burns

Executive Director

Pro Bono Ontario



Gordon Capern


Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP



Olivier Chouc

Vice-President, Law CN - Law and Office of the Corporate Secretary

Canadian National Railway Company




Jeffrey Cohen

Managing Partner

Torkin Manes LLP



George Cooper, QC

Chief Executive Officer and Partner

Cox & Palmer



Bindu Cudjoe

SVP and General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, CWB Financial Group

and Vice President Women General Counsel Canada




Tom Curry

Managing Partner

Lenczner Slaght



Stephen J. D'Agostino

Managing Partner

Thomson Rogers



Jeff Davis

Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan




Peter Feldberg

Firm Managing Partner

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP



Yonni Fushman

Executive Vice President, CLO & Secretary, Aecon Group Inc.

and Past Chair Ontario Bar Association’s Construction and Infrastructure Law section



Fernando Garcia

Vice President, Legal





Kara Russell Goldsmith

Senior Legal Counsel

Rogers Communications Inc.



Matthew Gottlieb

Managing Partner

Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP



Deborah Greenberg

Chief Information Officer, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

and Quebec Chapter Leader - Women General Counsel Canada




David Gunasekera

Managing Partner

DuMoulin Black LLP



Elspeth Hagan

General Counsel, Global Compliance, McCain Foods Limited

and President - Women General Counsel Canada



Sharon Haward-Laird

General Counsel

BMO Financial Group




Dr. Ian Holloway PC QC PhD

Professor and Dean of Law

The University of Calgary



Shari Hosaki

Vice-president, General Counsel &Secretary- Legal Affairs

HarperCollins Canada and Harlequin



Charles E. Hurdon

Managing Partner - Canada

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP




Dominique Hussey

Vice Chair, Toronto Managing Partner

Bennett Jones LLP



Philippe Johnson

Managing Partner, Montreal

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP



Melissa Kennedy

Executive Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer, Sun Life Financial

and Founding member - Legal Leaders for Diversity




Jeffrey Jay Kay Q.C.

Managing Partner

Farris LLP



Kevin J. Kiley

Managing Partner

McInnes Cooper



Lynn Korbak

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Toromont Industries Ltd




James Kosa

Partner, Technology and IP

WeirFoulds LLP



Justin Kutyan

National Leader and Senior Partner




Keith David LaBossiere

CEO & Managing Partner

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP




Michael Ladha

Legal Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro



Dale H. Lastman, C.M.


Goodmans LLP



Kikelomo Lawal

Executive Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer





Mark Le Blanc

General Counsel




Jean-François Legault

Chief Legal & Risk Officer and Corporate Secretary

VIA Rail Canada



Tony Linardi

General Counsel

Golder Associates Ltd.




Av Maharaj

Vice President HR, Corporate and Legal Affairs

KraftHeinz Canada



Blair McCreadie

Managing Partner, Toronto

Dentons Canada LLP



Andrew McLaughlin

Vice President – Legal Affairs & General Counsel

Major Drilling




Ashok Menen

Investigation Counsel Ontario Securities Commission

and Director South Asian Bar Association of Toronto



John G. Murphy

National Managing Partner & CEO

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP



Peter V. Nguyen

SVP Legal, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, Descartes Systems Group

and Founder GC Forum




Kerry O’Reilly Wilks

Chief Officer, Legal, Regulatory & External Affairs

TransAlta Corporation



Lorne O'Reilly

Lead Counsel, Dow Chemical Canada ULC

and VP & Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors- Alberta Chapter, Association of Corporate Counsel



Paul Paton, Q.C., JSD

Thomas W. Lawlor QC Professor of Law and Ethics Faculty of Law, University of Alberta Visiting Scholar, American Bar Foundation (2019-20)

University of Alberta




Janice Payne


Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP



Mark Persaud

Senior Legal Counsel, Persaud Law Group

and Justice Committee – Co-Chair- The BlackNorth Initiative



Robert Piasentin

Partner, Technology

McMillan LLP




Leola Pon

In-House Counsel

Toronto District School Board



Karrin A. Powys-Lybbe


Torys LLP



Emmanuel Pressman

Chair, Corporate Department

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP




Clifford G. Proudfoot, QC

Managing Partner

Lawson Lundell LLP



Poonam Puri

Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School

York University



Dorothy Quann

Chair of the Law & Business Advocacy Council

Ted Rogers School of Management




Terra Rebick

Chief Counsel

Thomson Reuters



Nathalie Rizcalla

VP HR, Corporate and Legal Affairs

Pelican International



Tanya Rothe

General Counsel

D-Wave Systems Inc.




Melanie Schweizer

VP - Legal

Bell Canada



Robert Seidel, Q.C.

Canada Managing Partner

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP



Godyne N.L. Sibay

Managing Partner, Ontario Region

McCarthy Tétrault LLP




Philip Shaer

Chief Legal Officer

Canopy Growth Corp



Julia Shin Doi

General Counsel, Secretary of the Board of Governors and University Privacy Officer

Ryerson University



Lisa Skakun

General Counsel and Chief Corporate Development Officer

Coast Capital Savings




Anne Spafford

Toronto Managing Partner

Lerners LLP



Margot Spence

Manager, Corporate Law, ICBC

and Chair- Canadian Corporate Counsel Association



Bryson A. Stokes

National Managing Partner

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP




Raphael Tachie

Senior Counsel

TD Bank

Vice President

Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)

Abigail Turner


Harper Grey LLP



Michael Williams

Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, General Counsel

Richardson Wealth




Hilda Wong

Senior Vice President and General Counse, First National Financial LP

and Secretary Women General Counsel Canada



Andrea Wood

Chief Legal and Governance Officer




Steven Zakem

Managing Partner

Aird & Berlis LLP




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