2017 Zenith Award Winners

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Frances R. Gallop, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

Recognized leaders in their field, Frances Gallop and Angela Rae advise and represent employers in all aspects of labour and employment law. They advise clients on issues central to the advancement of women, including human rights, accommodation, discrimination, pay equity, harassment and parental leave. Both Frances and Angela have been instrumental in changing the culture of the historically maledominated labour Bar and of their firm. Frances and Angela have consistently provided mentorship, counselling, and practice management support to women in the firm and the broader legal community. They’ve written articles and provided seminars and training programs to their clients and the legal community on discrimination, harassment, equity and human rights issues, and on recognizing and resolving cultural and systemic barriers. Both have prepared policies for clients and the firm on equity-related issues.

Navi Gill, BC Ministry of Justice

Navi Gill is Senior Crown Counsel with the BC Ministry of Justice and leader of the Hate Crime Resource Counsel. Navi was part of the northern community working project, using her litigation and dispute-resolution skills to work with Indigenous people involved in the criminal justice system, or struggling with domestic violence. She taught in the Department of Criminology at Northwest Community College, where she was an active youth mentor. Since 2004, she has pioneered revisions to witness accommodation, enabling young children to testify from outside the courtroom. She’s a champion for advancing women in law, serving on numerous boards and giving time to organizations addressing cultural and systematic barriers. A founding member of the Women in Law group at U of C Faculty of Law, she has promoted equity, diversity and access to justice.

Jennifer Gold, Wood Gold LLP

Jennifer Gold is a partner of Wood Gold LLP and practises family law and wills. Jennifer is currently a director of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario, a member of the Peel Law Association, and a volunteer with the advisory working group of the Peel Region United Way. She has also formerly served on the board of the North York Women’s Shelter and now serves as a mentor to other lawyers in the family law Bar. She appears regularly in the Ontario Court of Justice, Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Appeal. In addition to extensive litigation experience, Jennifer also offers mediation and a settlement-focused approach to family law cases. By entering into partnership, Jennifer Gold and Frances Wood sought to create an alternative to the traditional law firm with a priority on work-life balance.

Éloïse Gratton, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Éloïse Gratton is a partner, national co-leader of the privacy and data protection practice group, and an office representative of BLG’s diversity and inclusion committee. Éloïse is a top Canadian privacy- and data-protection lawyer, relied upon by federal and provincial privacy commissioners, as well as the federal government. She has submitted papers to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada on the right to be forgotten and on addressing the challenges of choice and consent in the digital age. She has testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, as well as before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science & Technology. She also provides training workshops to judges on social media and legal risks. She was recently appointed a member of the board of directors of the Société québécoise d’information juridique.

P.A. Neena Gupta, Gowling WLG

Neena Gupta became one of the first female South Asian lawyers in Saskatchewan in 1998. Today Neena is an expert in employment law, a popular speaker on human rights, and an active member of the firm’s student recruitment and mentorship programs. In 2014, Neena helped implement the firm’s national diversity and inclusion council and is currently its co-chair. Neena’s accomplishments at the council, despite its infancy, are extensive and include obtaining firm management ratification of recommendations on recruitment and retention policies, unconscious bias training for every individual in the firm and culture-shifting events such as the firm’s celebration of International Women’s Day. Neena helped found the Visible Minority Women’s Subcommittee at the Ontario Bar Association and served as Chair of the Equity Committee of the Canadian Bar Association.