Tamela Coates, Lawson Lundell LLP

Sheila MacPherson and Tamela Coates are partners in the Lawson Lundell’s Yellowknife and Calgary offices, respectively, who have led, implemented and fostered the advancement of women in law. Their work includes: facilitating the use of practice-management coaches in the areas of leadership for women, efficiency, organization and timekeeping; supporting the adoption of flexible work arrangements and parental leaves for both male and female lawyers; participating in the Justicia Project to promote the retention and advancement of women in private practice; and a teamwork approach to files, particularly as initiated by Sheila in Yellowknife, allowing lawyers to enjoy more time off. With Sheila’s and Tamela’s leadership, the firm anticipates female partnership will reach 50 per cent by the end of 2017, and they have been recognized by nearly two dozen national, provincial and local awards.
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