2019 Zenith Award Winners
Montréal-based Julie Girard, a partner in the Dispute Resolution practice at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, has played a pivotal role in changing the way Canadian amateur athletes are supported and protected. Her work in representing, on a pro bono basis, four women who were among the young sexual assault victims of former ski coach Bernand Charest, who has been convicted and sentenced, has led to the unveiling of federal policies for national sports bodies. Amélie-Frédérique Gagnon, Gail Kelly, Anna Prchal, and Geneviève Simard engaged Julie to represent them as they led an initiative with B2ten, an organization dedicated to supporting Canadian amateur athletes, to make sports safer in Canada. In order to make the biggest impact, Girard advised and supported her clients through their decision to disclose their identities, speak up and demand changes by sports organizations and governments.
Greenberg has demonstrated leadership in addressing mental health and substance abuse issues facing the legal profession. As a Law Society of BC Bencher, he chaired its Mental Health Task Force. This Task Force “is responsible for coordinating and assisting the Benchers in implementing the Law Society’s strategic goals in relation to improving the mental health of the profession, namely: reducing stigma around mental health and substance use issues and developing an integrated mental health review concerning regulatory approaches to discipline and admissions.”
The Task Force has completed serious study and input-gathering from its members, relevant stakeholders, and gathering research from the American Bar Association and other jurisdictions in Canada. Brook Greenberg’s visibility on the point has advanced the credibility of the cause and has helped Law Society members understand that more needs to be done.