2018 Zenith Award Winners


Stephanie Hickman, Cox & Palmer

Construction Law With extensive experience in construction litigation and mediation, Stephanie Hickman has helped pave the way for more women to pursue and advance in a male-dominated industry and practice area. She has worked on the largest construction projects in Newfoundland and Labrador over the last five years, notably the construction of the Processing Facility at Long Harbour, the Muskrat Falls Hydro Project and the Maritime Link. Hickman chairs her firm’s regional Construction Law Group and was named a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, a significant honour as she is the only Fellow currently practising in her province.

Shari Hosaki, HarperCollins Canada and Harlequin

Intellectual Property As Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Shari Hosaki provides strategic business and legal advice to the organization and senior leadership teams of HarperCollins Canada, as well as Harlequin North America and the Global Editorial and Swiss Licensing and Royalty business units. She oversees the legal and contract administration teams, providing oversight of all corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters, compliance requirements and contract administration. Hosaki has been Chair of the JCCC Foundation, and a board member of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Chris Javornik, BMO Financial Group

Investment Funds & Asset Management Chris Javornik is Associate General Counsel and Managing Director at Bank of Montreal, leading a team of lawyers across North America, Europe and Asia to support BMO Global Asset Management’s worldwide focus. Javornik’s M&A legal management expertise has been critical in supporting a series of strategic global M&A transactions at BMO. He has advocated to strategically relocate lawyers across jurisdictions to develop internal expertise, accelerate cooperation and knowledge sharing, and develop careers within BMO’s Legal Group. Javornik has championed a focus on clear, concise and plain writing for clients. In his personal time, he enjoys coaching youth soccer and hockey.

Simona Jellinek, Jellinek Law Office Professional Corporation

Personal Injury Simona Jellinek’s practice is almost completely devoted to championing the cause of sexual abuse survivors. Her litigation practice centres on suing large institutional defendants. Jellinek has spearheaded and witnessed changes both in law and policy around helping survivors of sexual abuse and assault. She has been a member of the Toronto Police Sexual Assault Committee for more than a decade. She co-wrote the Law Society of Upper Canada Guide for the Provision of Legal Services in Cases Involving Sexual Abuse. Jellinek is an Executive Committee Board Member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and she was awarded its award for Distinguished Service in 2013.

Monique Jilesen, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

Corporate Commercial Monique Jilesen is litigation counsel in complex proceedings and plays a leadership role at her firm as a member of the Management Committee and Strategic Council and as the partner responsible for Finance & Pricing. She has worked on significant commercial litigation matters, including the Algoma CCAA and oppression proceedings and the Sears CCAA proceedings. Committed to mentoring, Jilesen is an advocate for diversity and inclusion. She is a member of the Toronto Commercial List Users’ Committee, an Executive Member of the Advocates’ Society Commercial List Practice Group and past Chair of the Gale Cup Moot. Jilesen was awarded the 2017 Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for Excellence in Advocacy.