Canadian Lawyer

August 2023

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22 TOP 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL LAWYERS 2023 "I was also taught by many of the elders, other community members, and leaders that I have worked with and served throughout the years." Her passion and advocacy accelerated to include children and family well-being, areas of expertise where she has also gone above and beyond to help community members heal from the painful history of residential schools. Hensel has built a reputation as a lawyer who genuinely cares about and is dedicated to her clients, earning respect as a passionate advocate at the forefront of Indigenous peoples' rights in complex matters ranging from: • Indigenous and treaty rights, governance, public inquiries, and the exercise of inherent jurisdiction by Indigenous communities over child and family well-being • As counsel to Tk'emlúps te Secwepemc, supporting the investigation into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and the unmarked graves at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Resi- dential School, which is being carried out "It doesn't matter if you're a senior or junior lawyer, you always have to innovate, think about the next step, and have the confidence to be forward-thinking" Jacqueline Dinsmore, Caravel Law LLP communities through her determination to actualize and defend inherent jurisdiction. "I was trained to do this by some of the people I've worked closely with at the Ipper- wash Inquiry," she explains, who served as that inquiry's assistant commission counsel. SPECIAL REPORT MORE PRAISE FOR THE TOP 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL LAWYERS OF 2023 Laura Salvatori: "Smart, thoughtful, attentive, ethical, and has excellent judg- ment in evaluating legal and compliance matters. She is particularly impressive in navigating complex, cross-border legal and regulatory issues." Lisa Mantello: "An ultimate expert in financial services with exceptional technical knowledge in lending and structured finance, she is a trusted leader to nearly all the players in the industry." Meenu Ahluwalia: "A beautiful human being and outstanding lawyer with signifi- cant involvement in the community." Michael Ladha: "At a critical time for NL Hydro, Michael has shown patient and consistent leadership, not just of the counsel team but as a member of the execu- tive and advisor to NL Hydro boards; an all-around great person to work with." Michelle Kelly: "As a force for positive change, she is exceptionally talented and a person of high integrity. Her role in elevating the impacts of intimate partner violence within the Mass Casualty Commission will leave a lasting legacy." Muneeb Yusuf: "Organized, meticulous in any given task, extensive experience in the in-house bar. A true leader, well-spoken, and has an eye for detail." Pascal Paradis: "He invested completely in protecting lawyers in foreign coun- tries that were in physical danger because they defended human rights. He did so sometimes to the detriment of his safety." Reema Khawja: "Widely recognized as an outstanding lawyer who has played a central role in shaping human rights in Ontario and Canada for nearly 25 years." Rosel Kim: "It is incredible to see how much passion and skill she brings to her role at LEAF. She has an unparalleled ability to convert the apathetic and spark insightful discussions." Sania Chaudhry: "An authentic, anti-racism advocate who cares deeply for people and is passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion." Vivian Leung: "She's a fantastic leader who understands the law and is a business leader first, which is critical as an in-house lawyer and an executive." V. Victoria Shroff: "A trailblazer in this field, she has given a voice to the voiceless (wild animals and pets) over the past 20 years. She has also helped establish and is an ad hoc volunteer lawyer for Canada's first groundbreaking pro bono law clinic in Vancouver run by the Law Students' Legal Advice Program." Yaman Marwah: "Dr. Marwah is the youngest owner of a law firm in Canada who also holds a PhD in law. He provides hours of pro bono work to the community weekly and understands that the legal industry is not strictly for profit."

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