2016 Zenith Award Winners
Antree Demakos has devoted her career to demystifying the
law and helping millions of Canadians obtain access to justice.
Antree founded Legal Line in 1993 as a national non-profit
that provides free answers to more than 1,000 legal questions
in 65 languages. Legalline.ca has had 25 million hits. In 2002,
Antree created and secured federal funding for the Business
and Entrepreneur Awareness Program (BEAP), a business
development initiative for at-risk youth throughout Canada.
In 1993, Antree founded Pardons Canada, a federal nonprofit
agency, and grew it into the largest criminal-records
education and removal organization in Canada, helping
more than 250,000 Canadians receive pardons for criminal
convictions. In 1992-95 she located, met with and helped to
reinstate 2,800 small business owners whose companies were
summarily dissolved when they did not receive notice of a
new $50 annual corporate filing fee.
Green and Spiegel is an immigration law firm, assisting people
from around the world to work in Canada and to immigrate to
Canada. Firm founder Mendel Green was a legal representative
in the Supreme Court of Canada decision Singh v. The
Minister of Employment and Immigration, one of the most
important legal decisions in Canadian immigration history.
The firm’s team includes lawyers licensed in Canada and the
United States, who take pride in helping Canadian businesses
with human resources needs and helping families relocate
to Canada from around the world. It can provide services in
some 30 languages. Green and Spiegel’s goal is to deliver
excellent legal services to people from around the world with
compassion and kindness. Many of the firm’s people have
been through the immigration system themselves.
The Black Female Lawyers Network was incorporated as a notfor-
profit and the founding board endeavoured to provide
substantive opportunities to convene, connect and learn.
Objectives include supporting the practical professional
needs of black women practising law in order to extend
their participation in the profession and enhance their public
contributions. The group’s new website cites “celebrating,
supporting and showcasing black female lawyers” as its
raison d’être. Working with event planners Cheryl-Ann Philip
and Nadine Miller, the 2015 retreat focused on identifying
objectives, setting realistic goals and crafting a successful
strategy. As evidenced by the women who referred to it during
the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers’ annual awards
gala, this network