2016 Zenith Award Winners


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Scott Jolliffe, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Scott Jolliffe initiated and led Gowling WLG’s diversity and inclusion initiative, ensuring that it became an essential part of the firm’s culture. As Chair and CEO in 2015, some of Scott’s achievements in advancing diversity and inclusion involved greater diversity in senior management positions: four out of seven Canadian office managing partners are women; the national executive committee includes a female firm managing partner; 27 per cent of partners are women, exceeding the Ontario average; and better representation of gender and race diversity on the firm’s board. Under Scott’s leadership, Gowlings adopted a diversity and inclusion strategy in 2014. As part of the strategy, Gowlings conducted a firm-wide diversity and inclusion self-identification census providing direction for the future. The diversity and inclusion council also sponsored training courses on unconscious bias at all levels of the firm.