2017 Zenith Award Winners

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Pascale Pageau, Delegatus Legal Services Inc.

Pascale Pageau is the founder and owner of Delegatus, an innovative law firm supporting flexible hours for 25 male and female lawyers. Pascale devotes as much time and effort to the community as to the firm, with particular involvement in women’s professional advancement. As President of the CBA National Women’s Forum, she led national initiatives for the professional advancement of women in the legal industry. She co-founded a women’s networking club, Les Femmes du W, and was a very active member of the Montréal Bar Women Lawyers’ Committee (2006 to 2012), where she served as President. She now sits on the Leadership Table of the Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec, supporting female-owned companies, and she also took part in the Québec Bar Justicia project. Pascale lectures and gives seminars, focusing on women’s leadership and business development.

Brenda Pritchard, Gowling WLG

Brenda Pritchard is the undisputed leader of advertising and marketing law in Canada. As co-author of the seminal text Advertising and Marketing Law in Canada, Brenda is a driving force in the evolution of advertising and marketing law in Canada. Over three decades, she has trained and mentored many successful practitioners, with particular emphasis on team building, promoting and involving other women. Her charitable work includes “Stay Alert…Stay Safe” and “Women Gaining Ground,” where she currently sits on the investment committee. She has been named in Acritas Star (2017, inaugural edition); Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2010 to 2016); Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2010 to 2017); Chambers Canada (2016 to 2017); Chambers Global (2015 to 2017); and The Best Lawyers in Canada (2006 to 2017). She received the Starbucks International Excellence in Diversity Award in 2013.

Joanna Radbord, Martha McCarthy & Company LLP

As co-counsel, Joanna Radbord successfully challenged the ban on same-sex marriage in Ontario. Since 2006, she has worked on a pro bono basis to help LGBTQ families secure equal parental recognition. While heterosexual couples benefited from a presumption that the male spouse of a woman who gives birth is a parent, one partner in an LGBTQ couple is frequently a legal stranger to his or her child. Joanna first litigated the issue in Rutherford v. Ontario. She was also key strategist behind Cy and Ruby’s Law (Bill 137). After the bill stalled in 2015, Joanna launched a constitutional challenge, Grand v. Ontario, securing an interim settlement with the government. Joanna then helped draft the All Families Are Equal Act, which passed with all-party support in late 2016.

Angela E. Rae, Filion Wakely Thorup Angelletti 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.

Audrey Ramsay, Blouin Dunn LLP

Audrey Ramsay is a volunteer for NourishHOPE, raising funds for the International Justice Mission rescuing women and girls from sexual slavery. An immigrant daughter of a single mother of six, she was the first black woman to serve as chair of: the Bar Dispute Counsel Forum at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO); the OBA Professional Development Committee, where she initiated a diversity program for all 37 sections and a strategic plan for the expansion of Continuing Legal Education; and the OBA Insurance Law Section (2014 to 2016), where she made submissions on the impact of proposed regulatory changes to no-fault benefits. She was Chair of OBA Civil Litigation Section (2009 to 2010), which spawned the Franchise Law & Class Action sections. In 2010, she was awarded the OBA Linda Adlam Manning Award for volunteerism.