2017 Zenith Award Winners


Marcia L. Brennan, McCain Foods Ltd

As General Counsel, Marcia Brennan supports global management of the McCain Foods brand, the world’s largest privately owned manufacturer of frozen food products. Marcia has been instrumental in several M&A projects, product launches, and numerous regulatory and compliance matters. With her team, she is responsible for a diverse geographical territory, building strong relationships with external counsel in many strategic jurisdictions. She’s a strong team builder who mentors junior lawyers, law students and peers, helping create many key policy and training initiatives for McCain. Marcia has served on numerous boards and several Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society committees. She’s a member of a small team working on an inaugural Atlantic Canadian event for Women General Counsel in Canada. She’s a director with Pathway to Progress, a Canadian charity funding children’s education in Nicaragua.

Natasha Brown, Legal Help Centre

Natasha Brown is the Legal Director and Executive Director of the Legal Help Centre, a non-profit organization in Winnipeg whose small staff, volunteers and 50 law students are all women. The beneficiaries of Natasha’s advocacy and leadership are also women. Natasha and her group ensure the law works for everyone. She’s an effective leader, mentor and advocate, devoted to advancement of equity, education and access to justice. Her mission, and LHC’s, is to work in partnership with the community to increase access to legal and social-service systems for disadvantaged community members. Natasha has been a sessional lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, and has acted as supervising lawyer of Robson Hall’s third-year LHC internship program. She’s also a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Access to Justice.