2016 Zenith Award Winners


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Lisa Munro, Lerners LLP

Lisa Munro joined Lerners LLP in 1992, becoming a partner in 2001. Lisa became commercial litigation group leader and was then elected to one of four seats on the executive committee in 2007. In this role, she influences the strategic direction and financial health of the firm, including the recruitment, development and retention of young lawyers. She is the partner who approves Lerners’ pro bono work, offering services to diverse religious and socio-economic communities. Examples of Lisa’s leadership include refusing to accept resignations of female partners who, after having children, intended to resign, and helping them transition back to work; mentoring one talented woman from student to influential equity partner, practice group leader and comanager of the firm’s largest client relationship; and creating a performance coaching program to support lawyers with marketing and business development.

Kim Murray, Ministry of the Attorney General

A member of the Kanehsatake Mohawk Nation, Kim Murray practised Aboriginal law for two decades before being appointed the first Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Aboriginal Justice Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario in 2014. She has served as Executive Director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and as Executive Director of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. Her service also includes work on the Aboriginal Working Group of the Law Society of Upper Canada and on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee of Legal Aid Ontario. As Assistant Deputy Attorney General, she leads the development of new programs and services for Aboriginal people in Ontario’s justice system and is responsible for Ontario’s response to the report on First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries.

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.

Katrina Pacey, Pivot Legal Society

Katrina Pacey is Executive Director of the Pivot Legal Society, Vancouver’s non-profit legal-change advocate for social justice, housing rights, homeless people, equality and safety of sex workers, police accountability and humane drug policy. Before joining Pivot, Katrina advocated for the rights of sex workers in Southeast Asia and for child soldiers and victims of forced labour in the civil war in Myanmar. With Pivot, she has worked as an advocate for sex-trade workers on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and intervened at the Supreme Court of Canada in the Canada v. Bedford case that struck down three major provisions of Canada’s prostitution laws. She has challenged the findings of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry and Canada’s new laws on adult prostitution in response to the Bedford decision.