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Canadian prosecutors honoured for achievements

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 2:07 PM | By John Chunn

The outstanding accomplishments of Canadian prosecutors were recognized by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Heads of Prosecutions Committee at an awards ceremony on Oct. 25.

The award program, instituted in 2006, honours professional excellence, exemplary service and outstanding achievements.

The following prosecutors were chosen for their contributions to advancing and promoting the role of prosecutors within the Canadian criminal justice system:

The commitment to justice award 2018 was awarded to Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice David Labrenz, former Crown prosecutor with Alberta Justice, and to Paul Adams, general counsel and Suhanya Edwards, Crown prosecutor, both with the Atlantic regional office of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC).

Justice Labrenz was recognized for his tremendous effort in prosecuting countless high-profile cases that frequently generated media scrutiny and in subsequently sharing his wide-ranging experience with law enforcement professionals at various learning events and conferences, as well as for his work on improving justice for women, girls and victims of sexual assault.

Adams and Edwards were recognized for their tireless work in prosecuting a high-profile case under the Canada Labour Code involving the RCMP amid considerable media interest. Faced with a number of legal and practical challenges, they worked diligently to influence PPSC policies to ensure that the fundamental principles of justice were met.

The courage and perseverance award 2018 was awarded to Barry McLaren, general counsel with the PPSC’s Nunavut regional office.

In his career, McLaren has earned an enviable reputation as a prosecutor and prosecution leader with the PPSC in Nunavut and previously with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service and as a legal aid lawyer.

His skills as trial counsel, legal educator, manager and mentor have served the community well over a considerable period of time, in a difficult environment where most of the work is to fly-in communities with uncomfortable and inadequate amenities, weather delays and significant societal challenges.