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Sigurdson honoured posthumously at CGCA for lifetime achievement

Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 12:45 PM | By Paula Kulig


Stephen Sigurdson, who was executive vice-president and general counsel at Manulife until his death last November, was honoured posthumously for lifetime achievement at the 2017 Canadian General Counsel Awards, which were handed out in Toronto on June 15.

Stephen Sigurdson

Stephen Sigurdson

The award has been renamed the BLG Stephen Sigurdson Lifetime Achievement Award to honour the former partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt who died after suffering cardiac arrest at the age of 56.

The CGCA, presented by ZSA Legal Recruitment and the National Post, is Canada’s national program designed to recognize excellence in the in-house counsel community.

The event brings together the senior members of the country’s private bar and the leading in-house counsel to mark the accomplishments of the Canadian legal profession over the past year.

Other awards include:

Mirko Bibic

Mirko Bibic

General Counsel of the Year: Mirko Bibic, chief legal and regulatory officer, and executive vice-president of corporate development, at BCE Inc. and Bell Canada

Business Achievement: Marni S. Dicker, chief commercial officer, EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary at Infrastructure Ontario

Deal Making: Susan C. Jones, senior vice-president and chief legal officer at Agrium Inc.

Litigation Management: Pascale Elharrar, associate general counsel and managing director at BMO Financial Group

Mid-Market Excellence: Vivian Leung, general counsel at BlueCat Networks Inc.

Pascale Elharrar

Pascale Elharrar

Environmental, Social and Governance: Melissa Kennedy, EVP, CLO, public affairs and executive sponsor for sustainability at Sun Life Financial

Tomorrow’s Leader: Ingrid Minott, legal counsel at Deloitte LLP