2016 Zenith Award Winners


Fasken Martineau Pride Network, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

In 2013, Fasken Martineau adopted a firm-wide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender policy, including support for LGBT affinity groups at various offices. The Ontario Region created the Fasken Martineau Pride Network (Fasken Pride), whose membership includes all levels of lawyers, staff and students. Fasken Pride takes the lead in the firm’s LGBTfocused external networks, including Pride at Work, Out on Bay Street, Out in the Capital, and the Ontario Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee (SOGIC). Fasken Pride is a recognized force in the firm that will launch its own page on the firm’s intranet in 2016. The LGBT page will provide information on the network, as well as initiatives and resources for LGBT employees and allies, including for any parents, families and friends of LGBT youth at the firm.

Wesley Ng, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Growing up in a multi-ethnic community, Wesley Ng witnessed society’s different treatment of individuals based on race and cultural background. As an associate at Stikeman in 2002, Wes was one of a small group of lawyers who proposed a diversity committee. The committee was one of the first among Canadian law firms and Wes maintains a leadership role, acting as a mentor to diverse students and lawyers, including mentoring lawyers from the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program; creating awareness of potential for unconscious bias in recruitment; fostering a collaborative relationship with diversity groups; and initiating the firm’s partnership with Pathways to Education, encouraging young people from at-risk communities to stay in school. What began as a grassroots effort in the Toronto office has become a formal national committee.