Canadian Lawyer

August 2019

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SPECIAL REPORT 28 www.canadianlawyermag.com TOP 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL CANADIAN LAWYER'S Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is now in its 10th year. The pride lawyers, judges and others have in their colleagues is illustrated by the fact that our Top 25 list is always the magazine's most-read and most-commented-on feature. Its popularity is shown both in terms of the number of nominations we receive as well as the number of votes in the public poll. We start by putting out a call for nomina- tions to legal groups and associations repre- senting a variety of memberships and geog- raphies, our readership and our internal panel of writers and editors. We were then met with several hundred Meet the Canadian lawyers who are making an impact on the profession nominations, which our editorial staff pared back to 149 candidates who met our criteria. Once we had the long list of candidates, we posted it online and polled our readers for their votes — and you let us know in droves what you thought. A total of 6,327 people voted and commented on those whom they thought made their mark over the past 18 months. The final list of 25 honourees is based on that poll with input and the last word from the Canadian Lawyer, Law Times and Canadian Lawyer InHouse editorial panel. Being named as one of Canadian Lawyer's Top 25 Most Influential highlights the important and significant work jurists have done in the last 18 months or so. Some of them may have steered big deals or made the most splash on the news pages, but it's about their leadership and influence in a larger sphere. It is not a recognition of lifetime achievement. Inclusion in the Top 25 speaks to a level of respect, the ability to influence public opinion and to help shape the laws of this country and others; contribution to the strength and quality of legal services; involvement and impact within the justice community; and social and political influ- ence and involvement. The Top 25 is split into five areas of influence with five winners in each of the following categories: Business, including TOP MOST INFLUENTIAL

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