Women In Law Leadership Awards Alberta

The WILL Awards are presented annually to female members of the Alberta legal profession in recognition of their outstanding dedication, creativity, initiative, achievement, and contribution to the community, profession, legal scholarship, and pro bono activities.

2024 WILL Awards Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Eileen Sasakamoose IPC

Members of the legal profession are nominated by a single nominator.

Nominators must be members of the legal profession practising in Alberta. Nominators who are nominating in multiple categories must complete a separate nomination package for each category. All nominations close September 3, 2024.

Contributions to the legal profession are recognized in the following categories:

Leadership in the Profession Private Practice

This award recognizes and applauds a lawyer in private practice who has shown extraordinary leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  • legal skills and capabilities;
  • contribution to legal education and/or scholarship;
  • mentoring of law students and junior lawyers;
  • demonstrated leadership in equity and diversity initiatives; and
  • a commitment to being a positive role model for other lawyers.
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Leadership in the Profession In-house or Government

This award recognizes and applauds a lawyer working as in-house counsel or in government who has shown extraordinary leadership in one or more of the following areas: 

  • legal skills and capabilities;
  • contribution to legal education and/or scholarship;
  • mentoring of law students and junior lawyers;
  • demonstrated leadership in equity and diversity initiatives; and
  • a commitment to being a positive role model for other lawyers.
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Leadership in the Profession Broader Roles

This award recognizes and applauds a lawyer who applies her skills as a leader in a non-practising broader role (specifically not in a law firm, in-house/government, or community environment covered by other award categories) who has shown extraordinary leadership in one or more of the following areas: 

  • legal skills and capabilities;
  • contribution to legal education and/or scholarship;
  • mentoring of law students and junior lawyers;
  • demonstrated leadership in equity and diversity initiatives; and
  •  a commitment to being a positive role model for other lawyers.

Lawyers nominated under this category could include lawyers active in an academic setting, a non-profit group, an organization that governs or promotes the legal profession, or in any other position not covered by another award.

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Leadership in the Community

This award celebrates the outstanding contributions of a lawyer who applies her skills as a leader in her community through pro bono legal services or service to other community organizations. The recipient will have shown extraordinary leadership in these areas and a commitment to being a positive role model for the community.

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Tomorrow’s Leader

This award encourages and recognizes the accomplishments of a lawyer who was first called to the Alberta Bar not more than 10 years prior to the year in which the award is received. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated significant growth, development, and initiative throughout her first years of practice, and shows great promise for superior legal capability and leadership potential through her actions and attitude.

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Join us for the 14th Annual WILL Awards on November 21, 2024 at The Westin in Calgary!

We Honour and Celebrate our Past Winners

The Honourable Chief Justice Mary Moreau
2023
The Honourable Judge Karen A. Crowshoe
2022
The Honourable Ritu Khullar
2021
The Honourable Sheilah L. Martin, Supreme Court of Canda
2019
The Honourable Rosalie Silberman Abella
2018
The Honourable Madam Justice Patricia A. Rowbotham
2017
The Honourable A. Anne McLellan P.C., O.C., A.O.E.
2016
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell P.C., C.C., O.B.C., K.C.
2015
The Honourable Catherine Anne Fraser Chief Justice of Alberta
2014
Honourable Alison M. Redford, K.C., MLA
2013
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada
2012
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, P.C.
2011

Janice Buckingham
2023
Alicia Quesnel
2022
Doris Bonora K.C.
2021
Lillian Y. Pan K.C.
2019
Wendy Best, K.C.
2018
Sandra Corbett, K.C.
2017
Patricia P. Sealy, K.C.
2017
Rose M. Carter, K.C.
2016
Heather Treacy, K.C.
2016
Heather McKay, K.C.
2015
Marie L. Gordon, K.C.
2014
Valerie Prather
2013
Tamela J. Coates
2012
Maureen Killoran
2011
Gwen K. Randall, K.C.
2011

Suzanne Kendall K.C.
2023
Moira Váně
2022
Naomi Schmold
2019
Dale Wispinski
2019
Shawna Vogel
2018
Grace Auger
2018
Michelle Plouffe
2017
Shaina Leonard
2017
Lara Pella
2016
Karen Elizabeth Hewitt, K.C.
2016
Keely Brown
2015
Gail Harding, K.C.
2015
Jolaine Antonio
2015
Kathryn Chisholm, K.C.
2014
Rebecca Brown
2013
Francine Swanson, K.C
2012
Janice Odegaard
2011

Anna Lund
2023
Heidi Schubert, K.C.
2022
Melissa N. Burkett
2021
Elizabeth J. Osler
2019
Alice Woolley
2018
Kathleen A. Ryan, K.C.
2017
Jennifer Koshan
2016
Phyllis Smith, K.C.
2015
Diana Lowe, K.C.
2014
Michele Hollins, K.C.
2013
Susan V.R. Billington, K.C.
2012
Virginia A. Engel, K.C.
2011

Khatera Haidery
2023
Meenu Ahluwalia
2022
Patricia L. Blocksom K.C., A.O.E.
2019
Patricia Paradis
2018
Sarah King-D’Souza, K.C.
2017
Sandy Vander Ziel
2016
Donna Purcell, K.C.
2015
Mona Duckett, K.C.
2014
Patricia Hebert
2014
Dale Hensley, K.C.
2013
Patricia L. Daunais, Q.C.
2012
Gillian Marriott, K.C.
2011

Sandra (Aigbinode) Lange
2023
Susannah S. Alleyne
2022
Sarah V. Coderre
2021
Koren Lightning-Earle
2019
Kanchana Fernando
2018
Kara Levis
2017
Kerry Lynn Okita
2016
Chidinma Thompson
2015
Heather Barnhouse
2014
Salimah Walji-Shivji
2013
Melanie Gaston
2012
Kate Pedlow
2011

Witten LLP
2023
Bruyer & Mackay LLP
2021
Field Law
2019
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
2018
Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP
2017
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
2016
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