AMS/John Hodgson Award of Excellence in Charity and Not-for-Profit Law

2020 Award Recipient

Linda GodelLinda Godel
Partner, Torkin Manes LLP

The OBA’s Charity and Not-for-Profit Section is pleased to announce Linda Godel, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP as the recipient of its 2020 AMS/John Hodgson Award of Excellence in Charity and Not-for-Profit Law.

Linda will be honoured with a Lunch Program and Virtual Party on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

About the Award

OBA in conjunction with Associated Medical Services Incorporated (AMS) created the AMS/John Hodgson Award to recognize John Hodgson's long standing contribution to AMS and the charitable community. This Award recognizes exceptional contribution and/or achievement by members of OBA in the following areas: development of the law, which is integral to the governance and accountability in the voluntary sector; enhancement of the practice of law in the charity arena; and leadership and service in the charitable sector, Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Section, government, Law Society of Ontario and OBA, exemplifying individual lawyers and legal advisors to the voluntary sector.


Any individual who is a member of the OBA in good standing. (Eligible candidates cannot be members of the current Executive.)


The award will be presented by the Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Section

Nomination Procedure

Any member of the OBA in good standing is eligible to nominate a candidate by submission in writing, together with curriculum vitae outlining the nominee's qualifications. The Executive Committee has approved a Nominations Committee to provide recommendations. The Nominator must indicate that the candidate has been advised of the nomination prior to the nomination deadline and consents to the nomination or explain why this is not the case.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee shall consider OBA policies, rules and guidelines on Diversity and Inclusion when selecting the winner of the Award.


A special plaque will be presented to the recipient.

Additional Information

Cindy Ng
Section/PD Co-ordinator
(800) 668-8900 or (416) 869-1047 x 407

Past Recipients

Past recipient winners of the OBA Award of Excellence in Charity and Not-for-Profit Law AMS/John Hodgson Award include:

  • 2018 - Gilles LeVasseur
  • 2016 - Brian Iler
  • 2014Hugh M. Kelly, Q.C.
  • 2012 - Clifford Goldfarb, Toronto
  • 2011 - Jane Burke-Robertson - Ottawa
  • 2010 - Susan M. Manwaring, Toronto
  • 2009 - William Pashby, Toronto
  • 2008 - Donald J. Bourgeois, Kitchener
  • 2007 - Kenneth R. Goodman, Toronto
  • 2006 - James M. Parks, Toronto
  • 2005 - David P. Stevens, Toronto
  • 2004 - Dianne E. Lister, Toronto (Now in Peterborough)
  • 2003 - Marnie Whitaker, Toronto
  • 2002 - Terry Carter, Orangeville
  • 2001 - Arthur Drache, Q.C., Ottawa
  • 2000 - John Hamilton, Toronto
  • 1998 - Wolfe D. Goodman, Q.C., Toronto
  • 1997 - John Hodgson, Q.C., Toronto