2017 Zenith Award Winners
Dawn Jetten is a formidable advocate for women lawyers.
Dawn’s advocacy started in the early 1990s, when she
championed and successfully introduced flexible working
arrangements at Blakes. She challenged the status quo in the
legal profession, which was then defined by billable hours.
She is the co-chair of the financial services regulatory group,
where the recruitment and advancement of women has been
most prevalent, and her advocacy also extends to support
staff at Blakes by recognizing hard work and excellence.
Internally, she has pushed for business development and
leadership training, retention of women and the importance
of mentorship and sponsorship. Dawn is on the advisory
board of Stepping Up: Preparing to be a GC, a Blakes program
designed to provide women lawyers with the leadership skills
required for a general counsel role.
Celia Johnson joined Graymont in May 2011 as Associate
Counsel, becoming VP, General Counsel and Corporate
Secretary in January 2016. Celia is the first female member
of Graymont’s senior executive team in its 70-year history. In
less than four years, she has played a key role in Graymont’s
international expansion, assisting in the 2012 acquisition of
Western Lime Corp., adding three lime plants in Wisconsin
and Michigan and making Graymont the second-largest lime
and limestone supplier in North America. In 2015, Celia was
instrumental in Graymont’s acquisition of New Zealand-based
McDonald’s Lime Ltd. and Taylor’s Lime, securing a foothold
in Asia-Pacific. Celia covers legal issues related to corporate/
commercial, environmental, regulatory, financial, real estate,
construction, rail/shipping and Aboriginal matters — an
incredible scope that includes operating across five Canadian
provinces, nine US states and New Zealand.