September 9, 2016

Canadian Lawyer InHouse Announces Third Annual Innovatio Awards

Awards honour in-house legal departments among select Canadian businesses across 10 categories

TORONTO – Canadian Lawyer InHouse, a Thomson Reuters publication, has announced the winners of the third annual Innovatio Awards.

The Canadian Lawyer InHouse Innovatio Awards celebrate legal departments among Canadian businesses, non-profits and the public sector, and their legal service providers, honouring individuals and teams who have found ways to show leadership by becoming more efficient, innovative and creative in meeting the needs of their organizations. 

This year’s honourees are:

  • Innovation of the Year
    Aecon Group, Inc.
  • Law Department Management, Large Department
  • Law Department Management, Small Department
    Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
  • Litigation Management, Large Department
  • Litigation Management, Small Department
    City of Vaughan
  • Working with External Counsel, Large Department
    BMO Financial Group
  • Working with External Counsel, Small Department
  • Risk Management, Large Department
    BMO Financial Group
  • Risk Management, Small Department
    Aecon Group, Inc.
  • Law Department Leadership, Large Department
    Monique Mercier, Telus
  • Law Department Leadership, Small Department
    Tony Linardi, Golder Associates Ltd
  • Tomorrow’s Leader, Large Department
    Jennifer McGoey, BMO Financial Group
  • Tomorrow’s Leader, Small Department
    Jocelyn Mackie, Grand Challenges Canada
  • Diversity, Small Department
    Pfizer Canada
  • In-house Dealmakers, Large Department
    Royal Bank of Canada
  • In-house Dealmakers, Small Department
    Progressive Waste Solutions
  • Compliance, Large Department
    BMO Financial Group
  • Compliance, Small Department
    Pfizer Canada

From running a department to working with global partners and managing tight budgets to achieve great outcomes, the recipients of this year’s Innovatio Awards represent the best practices from in-house departments across Canada. Honourees were peer-nominated, and finalists were selected by a venerated panel of judges consisting of senior in-house counsel from 10 different Canadian public and private organizations. Winners were announced during an award ceremony in downtown Toronto on Sept. 8.

“In today’s increasingly complex business, legal and regulatory environments, we see in-house legal departments — both large and small — embracing innovation and improving the way they practise to help meet the needs of their organizations,” said Jennifer Brown, managing editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse and emcee during last night’s ceremony. “This year, we have expanded the number of categories to help recognize the outstanding work being done in organizations — large and small — across Canada. It is an honour to recognize these law departments and individuals for their excellence in supporting their organizations, advancing the profession and inspiring the legal community.”

For more on the Innovatio Awards, including profiles of all of this year’s honourees, visit

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