2017 Zenith Award Winners
Antree Demakos has devoted her entire career to demystifying
the law, directly helping millions of Canadians to obtain better
access to justice. In 1993, Antree founded Pardons Canada to
educate the public and assist the 12 per cent of Canadians
facing employment obstacles due to past criminal records.
She hired, trained and oversaw 35 employees, liaised with
Canadian and American governments, successfully advocated
for changes to policies that violated Charter rights, helped
two million anonymous callers, cleared 250,000 criminal
records, conducted 600 training sessions within the criminal
justice industry and reduced the provincial recidivism rate for
Pardons Canada applicants from 35 per cent to 0.03 per cent.
Antree also founded Legal Line, providing free legal help to
Canadians through a pre-recorded, 24-hour information
telephone line, and legalline.ca. To date, Legal Line has
answered 30 million inquiries.
After nearly eight years as a legal assistant, Jeevyn Dhaliwal
demonstrated tenacity and motivation in pursuing a law
degree at UBC. For four years, Jeevyn has been recognized
in The Best Lawyers in Canada publication as an exceptional
immigration practitioner. Despite working long hours and
raising a family, she acts as a role model and mentor to
young female and minority lawyers in both Vancouver and
Thompson Rivers University in her hometown of Kamloops.
In her 18 years as a lawyer, Jeevyn has demonstrated the
highest level of professional integrity and been recognized
by her election to the Vancouver Bar Association Board and
the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Provincial Council.
Now an elected LSBC Bencher, in 2014, she was the first South
Asian lawyer elected in Vancouver County.
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 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 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.