Canadian Lawyer

September 2021

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The board members are not new to us — they are lawyers we had worked with before to provide informal feedback. 1 EDITOR'S DESK UPFRONT EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilbur Senior Editor Elizabeth Raymer Editor Zena Olijnyk Canada News Editor Aidan Macnab Production Editor Patricia Cancilla Writer Bernise Carolino CONTRIBUTORS Lorin MacDonald, Heather Suttie ART & PRODUCTION Art Director Marla Morelos Customer Success Managers Reena Quimosing, Michelle San Juan Production Co-ordinators Kat Guzman, Loiza Razon Global Production Manager Alicia Chin (on leave) SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT VP, Media and Client Strategy Dane Taylor Sr. Business Development Manager Steffanie Munroe Business Development Manager Lynda Fenton National Account Executive Abhiram Prabhu CORPORATE President Tim Duce Events and Conference Manager Chris Davis Chief Information Officer Colin Chan Human Resources Manager Julia Bookallil Global CEO Mike Shipley Global COO George Walmsley EDITORIAL INQUIRIES NAUK SUBSCRIPTIONS CO-ORDINATOR Donnabel Reyes tel: 647 374 4536 ext. 243 ADVERTISING INQUIRIES T his year is our 12th year publishing the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in the justice system list. While the process for selecting the winners has evolved, the underlying goal has not. The Top 25 Most Influential reflects the lawyers who have made the most significant impact on the profession in the last 18 months. Of course, words such as "impact" and "significant" can be subjective. There is no mathematical formula to calculate these things. That is why we ask our readers to vote on the selected nominees to gauge what the profession thinks. But garnering votes is also not a perfect reflection of suitability, as anyone who follows politics can attest. That is why the voting results are not the final arbiter. Our reader votes generate a short list, but our editorial team has also aimed to ensure that any winners had a recent impact. In other words, it is not a lifetime achievement award. We would also consider candidates in smaller provinces or practice areas with fewer votes but more than any comparable nominees. In addition to our views on these questions, our editorial team regularly seeks feedback from leaders in the profession. That is why this year, we introduced our Editorial Board. As well as helping us with the Top 25, the Editorial Board will be adding further balance and insight to a wide range of Canadian Lawyer initiatives and those of its sister publications. The board members are not new to us — they are lawyers we had worked with before to provide informal feedback (see p. 27 for a full list of the members). Some were judges for our events, and others we interviewed as experts in our stories. The board members all shared a commitment to providing unbiased opinions on the most noteworthy candidates that our readers brought forward. What most impressed us in their input was the dedication to diversity, whether by region, practice area, gender, or other traits. Their votes were not self-serving but served the profession, by highlighting the fantastic accomplishments of lawyers across the spectrum. Readers may disagree with some of their choices, but our aim in creating the Editorial Board was to be more transparent in whose input we received and how we assessed it. Because one thing is sure: The Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers of 2021 reflects true excellence. The legal profession made sure of that. Tim Wilbur, Editor-in-Chief Introducing the Canadian Lawyer Editorial Board ISSUE 45.07 | SEPTEMBER 2021 Canadian Lawyer is published 10 times a year by Key Media Canada (Law) Ltd. KEY MEDIA and the KEY MEDIA logo are trademarks of Key Media IP Limited, and used under licence by Key Media Canada (Law) Ltd. CANADIAN LAWYER is a trademark of Key Media Canada (Law) Ltd. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted without written permission. The opinions expressed in articles are not necessarily those of the publisher. Information presented is compiled from sources believed to be accurate, however, the publisher assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. Canadian Lawyer disclaims any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or currency of the contents of this publication and disclaims all liability in respect of the results of any action taken or not taken in reliance upon information in this publication. Publications Mail Agreement #41261516 ISSN 0703-2129 ©2021 GST/HST Registration #799898465RC-0001 RETURN UNDELIVERABLE CANADIAN ADDRESS TO: CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT 20 Duncan St., 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON, M5H 3G8 RETOURNER TOUTE CORRESPONDANCE NE POUVANT ÉTRE LIVREÉ AU CANADA AU SERVICE DES PUBLICATIONS 20 Duncan St., 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON, M5H 3G8 Key Media Canada (Law) Ltd 20 Duncan St., 3rd Floor Toronto, Ontario M5H 3G8 tel: +1 416 644 8740

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