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Thursday, December 01, 2016 @ 7:00 PM  

■ The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (SABA) has given Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi its Legal Excellence Award at its annual gala on Nov. 15. Naqvi is Ontario’s first minority and South Asian attorney general. SABA presented its Diversity Award to the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law, which advances the legal rights and interests of Muslim women and other marginalized groups in Canada.

■ Anne McLellan has been given the 2016 Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Lifetime Achievement Award. The former Liberal cabinet minister was honoured at WILL’s sixth annual gala. Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP won the Law Firm Award for its dedication to fostering an inclusive environment for women lawyers.

■ Catherine Boies Parker of Victoria, B.C., has won the 2016 Georges Goyer Memorial Award for distinguished service. This is the highest honour awarded by the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch. Boies Parker is an accomplished lawyer who has advanced the legal profession in B.C. through her dedication and visionary counsel in support of homeless people.


■ Miller Thomson has hired four new associates. Ariel Wong, who practises commercial litigation, and Liviu Cananau, who works in corporate, real property and municipal matters, are joining the firm’s office in Waterloo, Ont. Bryan Smits, whose focus is on corporate law, will work out of the London office and Jessica Kristensen, who practises corporate law, from the firm’s office in Guelph, Ont.