2017 Zenith Award Winners


C. Dawn Jetten, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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, Graymont Ltd.

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.