Hundreds of nominations were received from firms and legal departments across the nation.
The Awards research team reviewed all nominations, applying its own knowledge and some third-party information, to identify the outstanding firms, teams, individuals, deals or cases in each category that receive an ‘’Excellence Award’’.
The second phase of the research process involves the ‘’Excellence Awards’’ nominations material being forwarded to the extensive independent judging panel for scoring against strict criteria.
Judges’ scores are aggregated to produce a single ‘Winner’ in each category, a process that is fully verified by independent auditors, PwC.
The Winners of each category were announced during the online Canadian Law Awards event May 20, 2021.
If you or your firm contributed to any of the deals and cases below and deserve credit for your participation, or if you have been incorrectly noted, please contact [email protected].
Bennett Jones LLP, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Duncan Craig LLP, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Miller Thomson LLP, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Stewart McKelvey, Stikeman Elliot LLP, Torys LLP, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP
ATB Financial, Canadian Western Bank, Fiera Private Debt Fund VI LP, ING Capital LLC, Macquarie Capital Funding LLC, MUFG Bank, Ltd., Canada Branch, National Bank Of Canada, Natixis, New York Branch, Nomura Corporate Funding Americas, LLC, Siemens Financial Ltd.
Financing of Edmonton Valley Line West LRT Extension
Bennett Jones LLP - Winder v. Marriott International Inc.
Auger Garnier Frédérick, BGA Avocats, McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Brousseau v. Abbott Laboratories (Biaxin) Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) - Fortin v. Mazda Canada inc. Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), Eric K. Gillespie, Murray Klippenstein and Kathleen Coulter - Good v. Toronto Police Services Board Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, Siskinds LLP - Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Class Action
Commercial Litigation Team of the Year
Arvay Finlay LLP, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), Caza Saikaley S.R.L./LLP, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP, Grant Kovacs Norell, JFK Law Corporation, Lawson Lundell LLP, MacKenzie Fujisawa LLP, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, NG Ariss Fong, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Ratcliff and Company LLP, White Raven Law Corporation - Attorney General of British Columbia v. Attorney General of Canada (B.C.)
Attorney General of Quebec, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Torys LLP, Vincent Karim and Ricardo Hrtschan - Hydro-Québec v. Matta Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Stikeman Elliott LLP, Woods LLP - 9354-9186 Québec inc. v. Callidus Capital Corp. Dentons Canada LLP, Fillmore Riley LLP - Canadian National Railway Company v. John Doe
The Western Union Business Solutions Award for IP Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Banking & Financial Institutions Law Department of the Year
CIBC Coast Capital Savings National Bank of Canada Royal Bank of Canada
Construction, Infrastructure & Transportation Law Department of the Year
Aecon Group Inc. Canada Lands Company Limited Infrastructure Ontario (IO) VIA Rail Canada Inc.
Energy & Resources Law Department of the Year
Ontario Power Generation
Plains Midstream Canada ULC (PMC)
Canadian Law Department of the Year
Alberta Health Services Ivanhoe Cambridge inc. Mastercard Foundation TELUS Communications Teranet Inc., Legal Services Group IBI Group Ontario Power Generation
Law Department Leader of the Year
Graeme McPhail - Rogers Communications Inc.
Pierre Marc Bellavance, LL.M., ASC - Beneva (La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services and SSQ Insurance) Julie Morel - Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. ("BRP") Carl DeLuca - Detour Gold Corporation Erica Zarkovich - LifeLabs David Hanick - Starlight Investments
Law Department Innovation Award
Teck Resources Ltd.'s business transformation program - RACE21TM
CPP Investments' deal risk rating frameworks and app IBI Group's process automation tools Royal Bank of Canada's contest rules compliance and global brand portfolio management Siemens’ Healthineers in Canada app
LEGAL PROFESSION AWARDS
The Bereskin & Parr Award for Diversity Initiative of the Year
Aird & Berlis LLP - ABDI Dentons Canada LLP - Standing up against anti-Black racism Harper Grey LLP - Life in Law Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP - Race equity strategy Ontario Regional Office of the Department of Justice (Canada) - The Department of Justice Ontario Regional Office's Commitment to Action on Diversity and Inclusion
Female Trailblazer (Academia / General Counsel)
Donna E. Young - Ryerson University Faculty of Law
Jasmine Singh - BMO Financial Group Bindu Cudjoe - CWB Financial Group Shannon Rogers - Global Relay Jennifer Suess - RioCan REIT Lisa Ford - Royal Bank of Canada Terrie-Lynne Devonish - Staples Canada Kathleen A. Howie - The Co-operators Group Limited
Female Trailblazer (Private Practice)
Krista Hill - Torys LLP
Maria Scarfo - Blaney McMurtry LLP Éloïse Gratton - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) Robin Aitken, TEP - Cox & Palmer Elizabeth S. Dipchand - Dipchand LLP Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy - DLA Piper (Canada) LLP Karen Hennessey - Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP Lisa D. Ridgedale - Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP Cheryl D'Sa - Narwal Litigation Allison Kuntz - Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP Sharon Vogel - Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP Sumeet (Sonu) Dhanju-Dhillon - Torkin Manes LLP
Pro Bono Initiative of the Year
Dentons Canada LLP - Dentons helps employers put domestic abuse on the agenda
IMK s.e.n.c.r.l./LLP - Contestation of Bill 21 Nelligan O'Brien Payne - Free Employment Helpline Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP - Norton Rose Fulbright and Zú partner to support growing businesses in Quebec’s entertainment industry