THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021
12:45 P.M. EST

Last year the Canadian Law Awards brought together over 500 members of the legal profession from across the nation for an all-new virtual awards experience.

In its second year, we’re ready to do it all over again and continue our long-standing tradition of celebrating excellence at the virtual Canadian Law Awards 2021 on May 20.

This unmissable event will feature the highly anticipated winner announcements, hosted by CBC news anchor Suhana Meharchand. There will also be live virtual panels featuring some of the excellence awardees, who will share their inspiring insights, best practices and success stories. This is an unparalleled opportunity to go behind the scenes and engage with the legal profession's best.

The virtual platform also offers a live chat option and a peer-matching function, allowing you to network and reconnect with your peers and the wider legal profession.

So don’t miss out. Be sure to join us on Thursday, May 20, at 12:45 pm EST as we bring the celebration of the year directly to you – wherever you are.

What’s Happening On The Day

At the virtual Canadian Law Awards 2021, you’ll be able to:

Catch the exclusive stream of the winner announcements hosted by CBC news anchor Suhana Meharchand

Show your support for the legal profession and the 130-plus outstanding excellence awardees

Join live virtual panels featuring some of the excellence awardees, who will be sharing their inspiring insights, best practices and success stories

Network and reconnect with your peers in the legal profession with our live chat and a peer-matching function


12:45 p.m. MAIN STAGE

Opening remarks



Suhana Meharchand

1:00 p.m. SESSION ROOM

Building Better Outcomes: A New Era for Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

Events of the past year have brought both challenges and opportunities for furthering the goal posts and achieving greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. Although the pandemic may have disruptive some D&I initiatives, it has also provided firms the chance to embrace change and rethink their current practices to better meet the needs or a truly representative workplace.



Scott MacKendrick

Scott MacKendrick, Partner, Bereskin & Parr LLP



Scott MacKendrick

Aaron Bains, Partner - Capital Markets, Aird & Berlis LLP


Sacha de Klerk

Sacha de Klerk, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Canada, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP


Scott Frank

Jillian Frank, Partner, Chief Talent and Practice Officer, Dentons Canada LLP


Kimberly Jakeman

Kimberly J. Jakeman, Partner, Harper Grey LLP


Taralyn Parr

Taralyn Parr, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, McCarthy Tétrault LLP


1:45 p.m. SESSION ROOM

The Future of the IP Boutique – Adapting Your Firm for a New Era of Innovation

Intellectual property law continues to undergo tremendous change as intangible assets become the new drivers of the economic and business growth within Canada.  IP Boutiques are responding with new and innovative levels of service to meet more complex client needs, specialized advice to address new and innovative challenges, and shifting resources to provide customized solutions to protect valuable assets.



Chris Day

Chris Day Director, Payments & Partnerships, Western Union Business Solutions



Bob Sotiriadis

Bob H. Sotiriadis, Partner, Lawyer, Trademark Agent, Robic LLP


Matthew Zischka

Matthew Zischka, Managing Partner, Lawyer, Patent and Trademark Agent, Smart & Biggar


2:30 p.m. SESSION ROOM

Leadership in a Time of Uncertainty – Lessons Learned from Success

Effective leadership is critical during times of change and uncertainty, as the legal industry continues to transform and adopt to a new reality.



Jennie Chan

Jennie Chan, Partner, National Leader - Forensic Services, PwC



Tom Curry

Tom Curry, Managing Partner, Lenczner Slaght


Mia Hempey

Mia Hempey, Chief Executive Officer, Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP


Dave Leonard

Dave Leonard, Chief Executive Officer, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP


Anik Trudel

Anik Trudel, CEO, Lavery Lawyers


3:20 p.m. MAIN STAGE


  • Capital Markets Deal of the Year
  • Infrastructure and Projects Deal of the Year
  • Insolvency and Restructuring Deal of the Year
  • M&A Deal of the Year
  • Mid-Market Deal of the Year
  • Class Action Team of the Year
  • Commercial Litigation Team of the Year
  • Banking and Financial Institutions Law Department of the Year
  • Construction, Infrastructure and Transportation Law Department of the Year
  • Energy and Resources Law Department of the Year
  • Law Department Innovation
  • Canadian Law Department of the Year
  • Law Department Leader of the Year
  • The Western Union Business Solutions Award for IP Boutique Law Firm of the Year
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year
  • Canadian Boutique Law Firm of the Year
  • Best Use of Technology in a Law Firm
  • Atlantic Canada Law Firm of the Year
  • Ontario Law Firm of the Year
  • Prairies Law Firm of the Year
  • Quebec Law Firm of the Year
  • Western Canada Law Firm of the Year
  • Litigator of the Year
  • Managing Partner of the Year
  • Pro Bono Initiative of the Year
  • The Bereskin & Parr Award for Diversity Initiative of the Year
  • Female Trailblazer


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