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.
BMO General Counsel Simon Fish serves as BMO’s executive
diversity champion; co-chairs the Leadership Committee for
Inclusion and Diversity (LCID); and chairs the legal group’s
employee-led Diversity Council. As a founding member
of Legal Leaders for Diversity (LLD), he recently brought
together more than 100 law firms to share best practices on
driving change in diversity. With his leadership, BMO’s Legal
Group is a banking-industry leader in the representation of
women at senior levels and has set measurable goals for the
hiring and retention of minorities in senior roles globally. As of
December 2015, 57.6 per cent of women in the Legal Group
hold senior roles; 48.3 per cent of Legal Group senior leaders
are women; and 23.7 per cent of visible minorities at Legal
Group hold senior roles.