2017 Zenith Award Winners

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Christine La Fleur, Accenture Legal Group - North America

Christine La Fleur is currently Manager, Legal Counsel at Accenture Inc. and was formerly Senior Counsel at DuPont Canada, where she was the legal lead for IT, sourcing and governmental relations. At DuPont, Christine led implementation of changes to a supply-chain model to meet complex new regulations. Over the course of 90 days, her project team successfully implemented a revamped supply chain. Under her own initiative, she developed and led several training seminars for new business procedures, communicating complex legal issues to employees and mitigating risk for DuPont. Christine is respected as a leader by the legal community at large. Upon invitation from Federated Press and The Canadian Institute, she has lectured on matters of anti-corruption compliance and best practices for in-house teams at seminars in 2014 and 2015.

Jaimie Lickers, Gowling WLG

This year, Jaimie Lickers became the first Indigenous female partner in the firm. In 2015, Jaimie appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada on a landmark Aboriginal law case, Daniels v. Canada, and also secured major victories in Federal Court regarding the establishment of the Qalipu First Nation, garnering national media attention in Howse v. Canada and Foster v. Canada. In 2016, Jaimie represented the Chiefs of Ontario at the Supreme Court of Canada on a landmark Aboriginal law case dealing with the obligations of administrative boards in consulting with Aboriginal groups. She also represented a female Aboriginal client on the issue of Indigenous cultures with single-naming traditions. As a result of Jaimie’s advocacy, the Vital Statistics Act was amended, allowing for the birth registration of a child with a single name.