2017 Zenith Award Winners


Caroline Wawzonek, Dragon Toner LLP

Caroline Wawzonek is a leader and advocate for women in the legal profession and in the north. Caroline worked pro bono for women in a number of areas including emergency protection orders. She was the president of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories in 2011-12 and CBA NT Criminal Section chair for 2009 to 2016. She is chair of the NWT Legal Aid Commission and the CBA rep on the Law Society of the Northwest Territories Access to Justice Committee. She also sat on the steering committees developing NWT’s Domestic Violence Treatment Option Court, and Wellness court. In 2016, in response to extreme rates of violence against women in the North, Caroline drafted a submission to the Legislative Assembly suggesting an eligibility restriction for political candidates convicted of domestic violence.

Tina Woodside, Gowling WLG

Over her 25-plus years at Gowling WLG, Tina Woodside has served in a great number of senior leadership positions. In her current role as the firm’s first female overall managing partner for internal business, Tina is primarily responsible for the firm’s operations, including service delivery, performance and corporate culture. As a member of the executive committee, she is the highest-ranking female in the firm. She has long been an advocate for women’s professional advancement in a traditionally male-dominated profession. More than 15 years ago, she founded the Women’s Initiative Group (WIG), which is committed to helping women lawyers at the firm develop professionally. Today, WIG’s mission continues through Gowling WLG Realizing Opportunities for Women (GROW). Tina is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Association.

Aleksandra Zivanovic, Boghosian & Allen LLP

Aleks Zivanovic brings over 10 years of wide-ranging insurance litigation experience, representing insured individuals, companies and institutions, as well as insurers. Aleks acts as her clients’ strategic business partner, improving the efficiency and reducing the expense of litigation. She also acts as counsel to insurers and insureds on managing risk to streamline and limit potential litigation. She’s a founding chair for the Canadian Defence Lawyers Women’s Caucus, a first of its kind within the CDL, supporting women in the defence Bar. She was also Vice-Chair of the CDL Continuing Legal Education Committee from 2013 to 2015, and Chair of the Insurance Section of the Ontario Bar Association from 2010 to 2012. Aleks is a role model for young defence lawyers, demonstrating exemplary dedication to her practice and her extensive volunteer work.