Canadian Lawyer

April 2021

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26 www.canadianlawyermag.com SPECIAL REPORT WOMEN IN LAW The annual Female Trailblazer award is open to all Canada-based women lawyers. Each year, we receive hundreds of nominations from firms and in-house legal departments across the country. Our research team then reviews all nominations, and supplements them with its own knowledge and information from third-party sources, to determine the Excellence Awardees. The second phase of the research process involves forwarding the Excellence Awardees to a large and diverse panel of esteemed indi- viduals from in and around the Canadian legal profession for scoring against strict criteria. The research team then aggregates judges' scores to produce a "Gold Winner," a process that independent auditors PwC verify. Gold Winners are announced during the virtual Canadian Law Awards event on May 20, 2021. Here is the list of the Excellence Awardees for the Female Trailblazer category. All the remaining Canadian Law Awards Excellence Awardees, except for the "Deals" categories, are listed in another part of this magazine. The Excellence Awardees for the Top Deals awards are listed in the Lexpert Special Edition on Finance and M&A on desks and online on April 14. FEMALE TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR (ACADEMIA, GENERAL COUNSEL) Bindu Cudjoe CWB Financial Group Lisa Ford Royal Bank of Canada Shannon Rogers Global Relay Jennifer Suess RioCan REIT Terrie-Lynne Devonish Staples Canada Kathleen A. Howie The Co-operators Group Limited Jasmine Singh BMO Financial Group Donna E. Young Ryerson University Faculty of Law CANADIAN LAW AWARDS FEMALE TRAILBLAZER EXCELLENCE AWARDEES

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