2018 Zenith Award Winners


Ray Thapar, Simmons da Silva LLP

Corporate Commercial Aggressive, responsive and effective are the three principles that exemplify commercial litigator Ray Thapar’s approach to dispute resolution. He has been counsel in several high-profile Canadian cases. Thapar has also had a significant impact by providing pro bono legal services for individuals in need and members of the South Asian community who face language barriers. Able to motivate and organize others, Thapar mentors new lawyers and students launching their careers in law. He is committed to raising consciousness in the area of women’s rights, supporting and empowering women, often in the face of social and cultural barriers.

Jennifer Traub, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Mining Jennifer Traub’s mining law practice has increasingly grown in relatively few short years. Due in part to this success, she was chosen to open Cassels Brock’s Vancouver office and now sits on the firm’s Executive Committee and serves as Co-chair of the firm’s Mining Group. Traub has played an integral role in managing some of the largest and most complex corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions deals in the Canadian mining industry. Her pro bono work includes Special Olympics BC and the Canucks for Kids fund, and she chairs the black-tie gala Daffodil Ball for the Canadian Cancer Society.