2021 Judges


Gerry Apostolatos

Lawyer, Partner- Montreal; Immediate past co-Chair of Board of Directors

Langlois Lawyers LLP



Mark T. Bennett

Managing Partner

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP



Lilac Bosma

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

HSBC Bank Canada




Lynn Burns

Executive Director

Pro Bono Ontario



Olivier Chouc

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

Canadian National Railway Company



Jeffrey Cohen

Managing Partner

Torkin Manes LLP




Bindu Cudjoe

SVP and General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, CWB Financial Group

and Vice President Women General Counsel Canada



Tom Curry

Managing Partner

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP



Stephen J. D'Agostino

Managing Partner

Thomson Rogers




Jeff Davis

Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan



Daniel Desjardins AD.E

Chairman Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Inc



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




Deborah Greenberg

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

and Quebec Chapter Leader - Women General Counsel Canada



Elspeth Hagan

General Counsel, Global Compliance, McCain Foods Limited

and President - Women General Counsel Canada



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



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



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




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



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




Mark Persaud

Senior Legal Counsel, Persaud Law Group Professional Corporation

and Justice Committee – Co-Chair- The BlackNorth Initiative



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



Nathalie Rizcalla

Senior Vice President, Legal

Matrox Group



Tanya Rothe

General Counsel

D-Wave Systems Inc.




Melanie Schweizer

VP - Legal

Bell Canada



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



Margot Spence

Manager, Corporate Law, ICBC

and Chair- Canadian Corporate Counsel Association



Bryson A. Stokes

National Managing Partner

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP




Hilda Wong

Senior Vice President and General Counse, First National Financial LP

and Secretary Women General Counsel Canada



Andrea Wood

Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary and Ombudsman





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