OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law

2017 Award Recipients

The OBA Insurance Law Section is pleased to announce the 2017 Award for Excellence in Insurance Law to:

Donald H. Rogers, Q.C.Donald H. Rogers, Q.C.

Rogers Partners LLP

Mr. Rogers will be honoured at a dinner on June 21st, 2017 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel (525 Bay Street,Toronto). View here for more information.

 

Michael C. BirnieMichael C. Birnie

Birnie Law Firm

 

 

 

About the Award

In Spring of 2017, the Insurance Law Section of the OBA will present its 12th Annual Award for Excellence in Insurance Law. The OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law was created to recognize and thank outstanding members of the Ontario Bar Association for their exceptional achievements, distinguished service and contributions in the following areas:

  • The development of insurance law through advocacy, teaching, writing or legislative reform;
  • Leadership in the profession and particularly of lawyers practicing insurance law;
  • Maintaining the highest standards of professional competence as well as the highest levels of honesty, integrity and civility;
  • Enhancement of the profession of law and the well being of the community.

Eligibility

All OBA members who are practicing lawyers in Ontario but not including current officers of the Insurance Law Section Executive or the Executive of the OBA.

Presentation

The award will be presented at an Awards Dinner on a date to be determined by the Section Executive.

Selection Process

The award recipient is selected by the Executive Committee of the Insurance Law section of the Ontario Bar Association, which is assisted in its deliberations by a Nomination Committee comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair and at least three other members selected from the profession at large. (Members of the Section Executive are not eligible for the award.)

Members of the OBA are invited to nominate candidates for the Award by providing a summary of the candidate’s qualities, contributions and achievements in the field of Insurance Law under the selection criteria described above. *All eligible candiates must be an OBA member.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations shall be solicited: by a request for nominations published at least 45 days prior to the meeting in the Ontario Reports; through members of the Executive of the Insurance Law Section; and through members of the Insurance Law Bar throughout the Province of Ontario. Any member of the Insurance Law Section of OBA in good standing is eligible to nominate a candidate by submission in writing, together with a curriculum vitae outlining the nominee’s qualifications. The nominator must indicate that the candidate has been advised of the nomination prior to the nomination deadline and consents thereto.

Nominations and supporting material must be filed with the Nominations Committee of Insurance Law Section on a deadline to be set each year.

Award

A plaque is presented to the recipient.

Additional Information

Maxine Pun
Sections/PD Co-ordinator
(800) 668-8900 or (416) 869-1047 x 405
mpun@oba.org

Past Recipients

Past recipient winners of the OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law include:

  • 2016 - John McLeish, Toronto and Wilfrid Menninga, Kingston
  • 2015 - Alfred Kwinter, Toronto and Owen Smith, Sudbury
  • 2014- Mary Margaret Fox, Toronto and Heather J. Williams, Ottawa
  • 2013 - Bruce A. Thomas, Q.C., Toronto and Roger G. Oatley, Barrie
  • 2012 - Barry A. Percival, Q.C., Toronto and Pasquale (Pat) Santini, Ottawa
  • 2011 - Paul A. Lee, Q.C., Toronto and  James C. Simmons, Q.C., Sudbury
  • 2010 - W. Thomas McGrenere, Q.C., Toronto and Kristopher H. Knutsen, Q.C., Thunder Bay
  • 2009 - Steven Stieber
  • 2008 - Geoffrey D. Adair, Q.C. and  John F. Evans Q.C., Hamilton
  • 2007 - Eric R. Williams, Ottawa and Jesse T. Glass, Q.C.
  • 2006 - Philippa G. Samworth