2016 Zenith Award Winners

Marc-André Blanchard is an esteemed lawyer from Québec who in April became Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In this role, Ambassador Blanchard works to advance Canada’s interests, promote international development, security and human rights, and to keep our government informed on multilateral issues. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Blanchard had been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of the country’s most prominent law firms. He also has a long history of political involvement, as the former president of the Québec Liberal Party and, more recently, as a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s transition team. Ambassador Blanchard holds several degrees including a Master's in Public Administration and a Master’s in International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He is a Lexpert Rising Stars alumnus, and in 2013 was named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer.



James Bunting, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Jim Bunting has led a number of pro bono cases that have advanced the cause of diversity and inclusion within amateur sport. As a result of his efforts, many athletes who would have otherwise been prevented or impeded from competing due to systemic discrimination can now pursue their goals. In 2015, he successfully represented Dutee Chand at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) when sports officials deemed her natural testosterone levels too high. He is currently representing Chris Mosier, the first transgender man to qualify for a US Men’s National Team, securing approval to compete internationally. In another pro bono case, Jim fought for the equitable compensation of the Canadian women’s soccer team by the Canadian Soccer Association, securing a twoyear agreement.