2017 Zenith Award Winners
Tracy Ross is a Vice President in the RBC Law Group, heading
global legal teams supporting capital markets and I&TS
platforms and the Law Group operations team. Tracy is a
proven thought leader on regulatory change around the
world, such as OTC derivatives regulatory reform; and on
evaluating the impact of world events, such as Brexit, on
RBC’s ongoing businesses. She’s a highly regarded member
of various capital markets industry associations. She has led
integration of I&TS and capital markets legal support teams
to improve efficiencies, ensure consistency of advice and
leverage their expertise. She leads the operations team
in developing a learning council to meet all continuous
professional development requirements; and launching
pilot projects to improve RBC’s matter-management
metrics reporting. Tracy is also involved with the United
Way Law Cabinet.
Franziska Ruf is one of a handful of senior female partners in
Montréal’s top-tier corporate legal market. Franziska devotes
her time, energy and resources to supporting the next
generation of women lawyers and she’s known for mentoring
female associates, several of whom have become partners.
She supports opportunities for women and serves on the
board of Le Chaînon Foundation, a women’s shelter. What
distinguishes her initiatives is that they are tangible, with
immediate and long-lasting benefits. She’s currently working
with McGill’s Faculty of Law, selecting female law students
to attend the ABA’s Business Law Section meeting. She’s a
member of the ABA’s Women in M&A task force and the first
female co-chair of the ABA’s International M&A Subcommittee.
Franziska is listed in Chambers Global for Corporate/M&A and
in a long list of other rankings.