OBA Susan Hilary Davidson Memorial Award for Excellence in Health Law

  • May 22, 2018

2018 Award Recipient

Lisa CorrenteLisa Corrente

Torkin Manes LLP

The OBA Health Law Section is pleased to announce Lisa Corrente, Partner at Torkin Manes LLP as the recipient of the 2018 OBA Susan Hilary Davidson Memorial Award for Excellence in Health Law.

Lisa Corrente will be honoured at an award dinner on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events.

Award Presentation Information

2018 Recipient Q&A

Q: What advice would you give a young lawyer starting out in your area of practice?

A: My advice would be to get involved in initiatives outside of the office early in their careers - for instance, speaking, writing, teaching or volunteering in the health law community. The OBA opens the doors to all of these opportunities which help shape one’s career.

Q: How has your OBA membership enriched your career?

A: In many ways, including assisting me with building a professional profile, developing business connections and keeping me updated on the law. Most importantly, my OBA membership has allowed me to foster strong relationships with health law lawyers who have become a network of colleagues and good friends.

Q:  What are you reading right now?

A: Thousands of pages of documents related to the Public Inquiry into our Long-Term Care System. The public hearings begin on June 5 so sadly, I am not reading for pleasure! But the case is incredibly interesting.

Q: What do you work toward in your spare time?

A: Spending quality moments with my family. It is often challenging in our careers to leave our work at the office and sometimes not possible. In my spare time, I work on clearing my mind of responsibilities and focussing my attention on the people who matter most.

Q: What inspires you?

A: People who are motivated in their careers to give back to the community. The lawyers who are committed to pro bono initiatives, mentoring, charities and volunteering are an inspiration.

Q: Do you prefer cats or dogs?

A: I love them both and have always had one or the other as part of my family. We recently welcomed Cole, our 6-month old black lab!

About the Award

This Award was established to recognize, honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Ontario Bar Association members practising in the area of health law in the province of Ontario.

The Award is named for the late Susan Hilary Davidson, in recognition of her excellence and dedication as a lawyer specializing in the practice of health law. Susan was a dedicated member of the Ontario Bar Association throughout her legal career, and a leader of the Health Law Section. She actively served on the OBA Health Law Section executive, holding the offices of Chair, Past Chair and Program Coordinator. She was responsible for introducing many of her health law colleagues to the OBA as well as encouraging them to become Executive Members in the Health Law Section.

Criteria for Selection

This Award recognizes exceptional contributions and achievements by an Ontario Bar Association member practicing in the area of health law, including some or all of the following:

  1. Outstanding contributions to and membership in the OBA Health Law Section;
  2. Outstanding legal contributions to the practice of health law;
  3. Embodiment of the spirit of professionalism, volunteerism and collegiality;
  4. Outstanding contributions in the development of health law through scholarly and other writing and through public speaking on health law issues;
  5. Outstanding mentorship contributions to other lawyers through personally sharing knowledge, experience and skills;
  6. Other exemplary achievements in the area of health law;
  7. Must be a current member of the OBA


Any individual not including current Health Law Section Executive Members and the immediate Past Chair, who is an OBA member in good standing.


The award is usually presented at a designated event, the date of which is to be established on an annual basis.


The Committee shall choose the recipient of the Award from the candidates submitted through the Nomination process.


A plaque is presented to the recipient.

Additional Information

Terrine Bird
Sections/CPD Coordinator
(800) 668-8900 or (416) 869-1047 x 339

2017 Past Award Recipient

Mary Jane DykemanMary Jane Dykeman

Dykeman & O’Brien LLP

The OBA Health Law Section is pleased to announce Mary Jane Dykeman, Partner, Dykeman & O'Brien LLP as the recipient of the 2017 OBA Susan Hilary Davidson Memorial Award for Excellence in Health Law.

Ms Dykeman was honoured at a cocktail dinner on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events. View details