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.



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.