OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law

2022 Award Recipients


Jim Vigmond
Oatley Vigmond (Barrie)

The OBA Insurance section is pleased to announce Jim Vigmond as the recipient of its 2022 OBA Award of Excellence in Insurance Law (Regional).


D. Keith Smockum
Smockum Zarnett LLP

The OBA Insurance section is pleased to announce D. Keith Smockum as the recipient of its 2022 OBA Award of Excellence in Insurance Law.

The Ontario Bar Association's Insurance Law Section cordially invites you to celebrate the achievements of our OBA Award of Excellence in Insurance Law recipients for 2020, 2021 and 2022. Register for the September 15th Event.

About the Award

In Spring of 2022, the Insurance Law Section of the OBA will present its 17th Annual Award for Excellence in Insurance Law. The Award 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.


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.

Selection Process

The award recipient is confirmed by the Executive Committee of the Insurance Law section of the Ontario Bar Association, which is assisted in its deliberations by a Nomination and Selection Committee comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair, members of the judiciary, past recipients and members selected from the profession at large. Members of the Section Executive and the Board 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. We welcome nominations from across Ontario.

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

*All eligible candidates must be OBA members.​

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.

Additional Information

Maxine Pun
Sections/PD Co-ordinator
(800) 668-8900 or (416) 869-1047 x 405

Past Recipients

  • 2021 - Todd J. McCarthy, Whitby and Richard H Shekter
  • 2020 - John A. Olah and David F. Smye, Q.C., Hamilton
  • 2019 - Glenn Smith, Toronto and Mark Lerner, London
  • 2018- C. Kirk Boggs, Toronto
  • 2017- Donald H. Rogers, Q.C., Toronto and Michael C. Birnie, North Bay
  • 2016- John McLeish, Toronto and Wilfrid Menninga, Kingston
  • 2015- Alfred Kwinter, Toronto and Owen Smith, New Liskeard
  • 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, Toronto
  • 2008 - Geoffrey D. Adair, Q.C., Toronto and  John F. Evans Q.C., Hamilton
  • 2007 - Jesse T. Glass, Q.C. Toronto and Eric R. Williams, Ottawa
  • 2006 - Philippa G. Samworth, Toronto