2018 Zenith Award Winners
Computer and IT Law
Lisa Lifshitz is the founder and leader of her firm’s Technology, Privacy & Data Management Group. Her contribution to the area of computer and IT law includes writing IT Girl, a monthly Canadian Lawyer online column. Lifshitz is an active member of the American Bar Association, serving on the councils of its Business Law and Science and Technology sections. She founded CAN-TECH’s Women in Technology Committee and remains actively involved in CAN-TECH. Lifshitz has also served as a Director of The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and President of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.
Pensions & Employee Benefits
Paul Litner is Chair of his firm’s Pensions & Benefits Department. His practice relates exclusively to pensions, benefits and compensation plans, and he deals extensively with pension and benefits issues arising in mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. He has assisted several clients in implementing pension plan mergers, conversions and other innovative plan consolidation strategies. Litner has been engaged with the Association of Canadian Pension Management over the past decade, and he was an active member of its National Policy Committee and served a two-year term as Chair. In 2013, the ACPM honoured Litner with the Association of Canadian Pension Management Award for Exceptional Volunteerism. He has authored numerous articles for retirement industry publications.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Jennifer Longhurst specializes in public M&A, corporate finance securities and corporate commercial, with particular expertise in the mining industry. Longhurst played a key role in the most high-profile proxy contest in Canada to date, acting for Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. She teaches Corporate Transactions at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development LLM Program and is a member of the Corporate Governance Committees of the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association. Longhurst is a member of the Royal Ontario Museum’s Royal Patrons Circle Committee and a member of Women in Mining and Women in Capital Markets.
Jason Madden is Co-managing partner of Pape Salter Teillet LLP and a citizen of the Métis Nation. He specializes in Indigenous rights law with an emphasis on litigation, consultation and accommodation-related matters, as well as the negotiation and implementation of modern-day treaties. Madden has appeared in all Supreme Court of Canada cases dealing with Métis legal issues over the last 15 years. In 2016, he represented the Métis National Council before the Supreme Court of Canada in Daniels v. Canada, which confirmed that the Métis are included as “Indians” within section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867 and fall within Parliament’s exclusive legislative authority.
Corporate Commercial Law
Av Maharaj, Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs, constructed a legal service model at Kraft Heinz that engages top-quality legal expertise from outside counsel partners that augments his internal team. Appreciating the value that comes from teamwork, collaboration, and diversity and inclusion, Maharaj challenged his outside firms to work in greater alignment with his team’s goals and the business’s broader goals. He is a former chair and member of the Executive Committee, Legal Leaders for Diversity. He was recognized as In-House Counsel of the Year by the South Asian Bar Association and as a Canadian Diversity Champion by Women of Influence.