2019 Zenith Award Winners
"Bruce Reynolds acted as Counsel for the Ontario Government in conducting a review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act, and then worked closely with the Ministry of the Attorney General in drafting Bill 142. Bill 142, “An Act to Amend the Construction Lien Act” was unanimously passed in the Ontario Legislative Assembly in December 2017. Currently, they are acting as co-counsel for the Government of Canada (Public Services and Procurement Canada) to conduct an expert review and prepare a report and recommendations regarding promptness of payment and adjudication in relation to federal construction projects. They delivered their report to PSPC in June 2018, which recommended the adoption of prompt payment and adjudication at the federal level. Now, other jurisdictions in Canada are considering the federal government’s decision to follow these recommendations, and there is potential for legislative alignment across the country."
Shara Roy is very engaged in activities to redress the barriers faced in firms by racialized lawyers, women and all who seek equity. She “helped establish the firm’s D&I Committee in 2017, with a mandate to ensure that members of the firm have an equal opportunity to develop and advance. As the partner responsible for Facilities, Roy uses our physical space to make a more inclusive work environment, including providing a gender inclusive washroom and a private space for nursing mothers.”
“Roy spear-headed the firm’s commitment to reducing barriers to entry in the legal profession, including by: pioneering the anonymization of student applications in the OCI hiring process to tackle unconscious bias (Lenczner Slaght is the first firm in Canada to do so); and replacing the firm’s cocktail party with a lounge available to all students during the stressful interviewing process."
Ray Rubin, counsel in the Private Client practice at Davies, understands transformative change. After stepping away from her career for 15 years to raise her four sons and volunteer in her community, Ray returned to private practice in 2012 to serve her clients, including families, businesses, trust companies and charitable entities. Her passion for volunteerism didn’t waver once she returned to private practice.
“Over the past four years, Rubin has embraced the opportunity to transfer her skills as a lawyer into her volunteer work, most specifically as vice president and then president of the board of Toronto’s community Jewish high school, TanenbaumCHAT (TCHAT). During her tenure, the board of TCHAT, in conjunction with other community leaders, undertook transformative change, to tackle the issue of cutting tuition without sacrificing the vibrant, premier experience offered by the school."