2018 Zenith Award Winners


Jason Madden, Pape Salter Teillet LLP

Aboriginal Law Jason Madden is Co-managing partner of Pape Salter Teillet LLP and a citizen of the Métis Nation. He specializes in Indigenous rights law with an emphasis on litigation, consultation and accommodation-related matters, as well as the negotiation and implementation of modern-day treaties. Madden has appeared in all Supreme Court of Canada cases dealing with Métis legal issues over the last 15 years. In 2016, he represented the Métis National Council before the Supreme Court of Canada in Daniels v. Canada, which confirmed that the Métis are included as “Indians” within section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867 and fall within Parliament’s exclusive legislative authority.

Av Maharaj, Kraft Heinz Company

Corporate Commercial Law Av Maharaj, Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs, constructed a legal service model at Kraft Heinz that engages top-quality legal expertise from outside counsel partners that augments his internal team. Appreciating the value that comes from teamwork, collaboration, and diversity and inclusion, Maharaj challenged his outside firms to work in greater alignment with his team’s goals and the business’s broader goals. He is a former chair and member of the Executive Committee, Legal Leaders for Diversity. He was recognized as In-House Counsel of the Year by the South Asian Bar Association and as a Canadian Diversity Champion by Women of Influence.

Charles McCarragher, TD Bank

Charles McCarragher leads TD’s Contracts and Real Estate Law teams. He has been instrumental in driving and/or leading a number of transformational projects for TD and, having a strong focus on professional development, he proactively identifies career opportunities for his team and works with them to facilitate flexible working arrangements to accommodate personal and family needs. McCarragher also supports TD’s Women in Leadership program and he is the Legal Department leader for the 2016 United Way campaign. He has volunteered as a Director of The Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Troy McEachren, Miller Thomson LLP

Estate and Personal Tax Planning Estate and trusts lawyer Troy McEachren counsels private clients, businesses, investment groups, trust companies and philanthropists, and provides legal, strategic and policy advice and services to a wide range of charities and non-profit organizations. He teaches the succession and tax planning course in the Master of Laws (Taxation) program at HEC Montreal, which is the graduate business school of the Université de Montréal,, and is currently working on a project to update the Quebec Companies Act. Of Mi’kmaq origin, McEachren is currently volunteering his time to set up a new Mi’kmaq band in his hometown of Stephenville, Newfoundland.

Daniel J. Michaluk, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

Computer and IT Law Dan Michaluk advises management on a range of issues related to information security and data management, anti-spam (CASL), privacy and freedom of information. He acts frequently as a “breach coach,” helping guide organizations to respond to data security incidents. Michaluk has helped Canadian post-secondary institutions manage complex human risks by obtaining and processing threat-related information, and his work on violence prevention at post-secondary institutions is now focused on the problem of sexual violence. Michaluk appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark workplace privacy case R. v. Cole, and his blog, All About Information, has won two Canadian Law Blog Awards.