2017 Zenith Award Winners
Barbara Norell is a strong proponent of initiatives supporting leadership and re¬tention of women in law. Barbara is the firm’s diversity officer, an advocate for women and a sought-out mentor, gener¬ous in sharing her time and knowledge. She leads the firm’s participation in the BC Law Society’s Justicia Project and assisted in drafting model maternity and parental leave policies and a guide to leadership for women. She initiated a TAGLaw women’s initiative aimed at increasing the retention and leadership of women lawyers among member law firms of the global association. She was instrumental in creating TAGLaw’s first women’s leadership session and addressed its 2016 international conference on this subject. She’s an enthusiastic mentor of young women in the firm and through the CBA Women Lawyers Forum.
At only 35, Lida Nouraie has appeared seven times before
the Supreme Court of Canada in cases that are important for
the Canadian criminal justice system. As a result, the Criminal
Defence Lawyers Association of Montréal has mandated Lida
for all its appellate interventions. She is a strong advocate for
women in law and in society. She acts as legal counsel for the
Société Elizabeth Fry du Québec, intervening more than 1,000
times for the rights of women. She founded and is President
of Project Innocence Québec, a non-profit helping people
with wrongful conviction cases. At the University of Québec
in Montréal, she teaches a course where students work on
wrongful conviction files. She created a scholarship for female
law students and serves as a member of the Québec Bar
Committee on Women in the Legal Profession.