2019 Zenith Award Winners

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Carla Hannemann, KPMG Law LLP

Carla Hannemann “is very passionate about contributing positively to the development of others. She is the founder and chair of KPMG’s GTA Youth Initiatives Committee, which works to develop, organize, and deliver projects that benefit young people facing barriers to their career development. Hannemann developed day-long workshop (the Skills for Work Discovery Days) that helps youth facing barriers develop skills that bring them closer to the labour market by preparing them for interviews and networking events. The topics covered include First Impressions, Your Personal Brand, Social Media Management, and Identifying Personality Skills and Traits. The events provide youth with insight and exposure to people working in a professional environment. The Youth Initiatives Committee, with the support of the United Way and Ten Thousand Coffees, also hosts netWORKS speed networking events for young adults facing barriers."

Michelle Henry, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Michelle Henry’s efforts to improve diversity and pro bono practices are inherent to her career. She has vast experience in representing clients in human rights litigation before the Canadian Human Rights Commission and federal and provincial Tribunals, both in respect of allegations relating to discrimination in employment and provision of services. As the only Black equity partner, she is very active in her community. Henry has been involved in the firm’s student recruitment and is a member of the Firm’s Admission Committee. She serves as a mentor and Principal to summer and articling students. Henry is very involved in pro bono work and access to justice. She co-founded the Black Business Law Clinic, a project in partnership with Pro Bono Ontario, which provides free legal advice to Black businesses through a network of volunteer lawyers.

Claire Hunter QC, Hunter Litigation Chambers

Claire Hunter QC “is in her third year as Access Pro Bono’s president (in addition to maintaining her busy civil litigation practice and raising two young children). She has advocated for recognition of a collective professional obligation to address access to justice issues. In 2018, having been involved in the previous iterations of Access Pro Bono’s Court of Appeal program, she spearheaded a collaborative project between the Court of Appeal Registrar, staff and judges and Access Pro Bono’s staff, board and volunteer lawyers to develop a new program to address the unmet representation needs in the Court of Appeal. The new Access Pro Bono/Court of Appeal program, which started on February 4, 2019, has as its objective to make available free or affordable representation to all civil and family self-represented persons in the BC Court of Appeal."