2018 Zenith Award Winners
Barbara Johnston, QC, heads Dentons’ Calgary Labour and Employment group. Johnston has been counsel in major cases in labour, employment, human rights, and health and safety matters. She served as a board member and, ultimately, President of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers. She was inducted as a Fellow into the US College of Labor & Employment Lawyers in 2016, one of the first Canadian women to receive this recognition. Johnston is Vice-chair of the Alberta Alumni Council for Queen’s Faculty of Law and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace.
Nini Jones practises employment and union-side labour law at Paliare Roland, where she also has a special interest and expertise in human rights matters. She works with police associations across Ontario and acts for police associations in tough cases involving police-sector labour relations. She represents unions and their members in human rights litigation. Jones advises her police association clients on government legislation affecting their rights, and also carries on a union-side labour practice representing unions and their members at grievance arbitrations, Labour Boards and the courts. She Co-chairs the annual Police Association of Ontario Emerging Issues and Legal Developments conference.
Pensions & Employee Benefits
Terra Klinck focuses on being an employer-side pension and benefits lawyer. In 2017, Klinck, along with three colleagues, established BMKP, the first pension and benefits boutique law firm in Canada. A highly sought-after expert, she advises some of Canada’s largest private-sector employers on complex and novel pension plan restructuring. She is an instructor of the Pension Law Certificate Program with Osgoode Professional Development, and is regularly sought out as a speaker, allowing her to share her knowledge and expertise with other professionals.
As CIBC Senior Litigation Counsel, Reena Lalji has been lead in-house counsel on matters that have gone to the Supreme Court of Canada and that have significantly impacted both CIBC and the financial industry as a whole. Lalji is the first in-house counsel to serve on The Advocates’ Society’s Board of Directors. She is a frequent panelist and skills instructor with The Advocates’ Society and Co-chaired the 2017 Women in Litigation Symposium. Lalji has also volunteered with the Ismaili Muslim community and was actively involved in developing and launching the Jubilee Games in Dubai, UAE.
Corporate Commercial Law
Senior Vice President and General Counsel Martin Langelier heads Bombardier’s legal department and was recently appointed its head of Public Affairs. Langelier played a key role in the company’s IPO and he implemented its internal audit function. He has participated in many significant corporate initiatives, including the refinancing of the company’s $1-billion debt with advantageous terms and the implementation of a $350-million Normal Course Issuer Bid, one of the largest in Canadian history. In 2010, Langelier initiated Bombardier’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. He also acted as President of BRP’s 2012 fundraising campaign for the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke.