2018 Zenith Award Winners
As CIBC Senior Litigation Counsel, Reena Lalji has been lead in-house counsel on matters that have gone to the Supreme Court of Canada and that have significantly impacted both CIBC and the financial industry as a whole. Lalji is the first in-house counsel to serve on The Advocates’ Society’s Board of Directors. She is a frequent panelist and skills instructor with The Advocates’ Society and Co-chaired the 2017 Women in Litigation Symposium. Lalji has also volunteered with the Ismaili Muslim community and was actively involved in developing and launching the Jubilee Games in Dubai, UAE.
Corporate Commercial Law
Senior Vice President and General Counsel Martin Langelier heads Bombardier’s legal department and was recently appointed its head of Public Affairs. Langelier played a key role in the company’s IPO and he implemented its internal audit function. He has participated in many significant corporate initiatives, including the refinancing of the company’s $1-billion debt with advantageous terms and the implementation of a $350-million Normal Course Issuer Bid, one of the largest in Canadian history. In 2010, Langelier initiated Bombardier’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. He also acted as President of BRP’s 2012 fundraising campaign for the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke.
Computer and IT Law
Lisa Lifshitz is the founder and leader of her firm’s Technology, Privacy & Data Management Group. Her contribution to the area of computer and IT law includes writing IT Girl, a monthly Canadian Lawyer online column. Lifshitz is an active member of the American Bar Association, serving on the councils of its Business Law and Science and Technology sections. She founded CAN-TECH’s Women in Technology Committee and remains actively involved in CAN-TECH. Lifshitz has also served as a Director of The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and President of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.
Pensions & Employee Benefits
Paul Litner is Chair of his firm’s Pensions & Benefits Department. His practice relates exclusively to pensions, benefits and compensation plans, and he deals extensively with pension and benefits issues arising in mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. He has assisted several clients in implementing pension plan mergers, conversions and other innovative plan consolidation strategies. Litner has been engaged with the Association of Canadian Pension Management over the past decade, and he was an active member of its National Policy Committee and served a two-year term as Chair. In 2013, the ACPM honoured Litner with the Association of Canadian Pension Management Award for Exceptional Volunteerism. He has authored numerous articles for retirement industry publications.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Jennifer Longhurst specializes in public M&A, corporate finance securities and corporate commercial, with particular expertise in the mining industry. Longhurst played a key role in the most high-profile proxy contest in Canada to date, acting for Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. She teaches Corporate Transactions at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development LLM Program and is a member of the Corporate Governance Committees of the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association. Longhurst is a member of the Royal Ontario Museum’s Royal Patrons Circle Committee and a member of Women in Mining and Women in Capital Markets.