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.



Fernando Garcia, Nissan Canada, Inc.

Fernando Garcia, Nissan Canada General Counsel, Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary, is recognized company-wide as a champion of diversity and inclusion. Fernando and the North American Executive Diversity Council work to formulate diversity action plans implemented throughout the company. He transformed the legal department’s culture into one in which diversity and inclusion impact how team members engage with one another and the public. A naturalized Canadian born in Argentina, Fernando is a passionate advocate of diversity in law and an executive of Legal Leaders for Diversity. He regularly speaks on the value of diversity and serves on the advisory board of LSUC’s Law Practice Program, established to ensure all students have an opportunity to article. He was an executive member of the CCCA and a member of its Mentorship and Diversity Committees.