OBA Susan Hilary Davidson Memorial Award for Excellence in Health Law

2024 Award Recipient

The Honourable Justice Ira G. Parghi

The Honourable Justice Ira G. Parghi
Superior Court of Justice of Ontario

The OBA’s Health Law Section is pleased to announce The Honourable Justice Ira G. Parghi as the recipient of the 2024 OBA Susan Hilary Davidson Memorial Award for Excellence in Health Law.

Justice Parghi will be honoured at a reception following the Emerging Issues in Healthcare program on June 19, 2024 at OBA Conference Centre in Toronto.

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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.

Nomination Procedure

A nomination requires the signature of one OBA member in good standing. To assist the Committee, each nomination shall be accompanied by the following:

  • Completion of the existing online nomination form;
  • A CV or other biographical document about the nominee that outlines his/her qualifications and experience in health law;
  • A 1-2 page summary or letter from the nominator explaining why the person is being nominated;
  • At least 1 and no more than 3 letters of support from individuals other than the nominator.

Selection Process

The award recipient is selected by the award Selection Committee comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair, an additional member of the executive and two past recipients. The selection committee shall consider the nominations submitted and shall consider OBA policies, rules and guidelines on Diversity and Inclusion when selecting the winner of the Award.

The number of awards to be presented annually will not exceed one.


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

Janet Green
OBA Section Executive Liaison
Ontario Bar Association
300-20 Toronto Street
Toronto ON M5C 2B8
Tel: (416) 869-1047 ext 312 (Toll Free 1-800-668-8900)
E-mail: jgreen@oba.org

Past Award Recipients

  • 2023 - Kate Dewhirst, Kate Dewhirst Health Law
  • 2022 - Patrick Hawkins, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • 2021 - Domenic Crolla, Partner, Gowling WLG (Ottawa)
  • 2020 - Shelley BirenbaumShelley R. Birenbaum Professional Corporation
  • 2019 - Daphne Jarvis, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • 2018 - Lisa Corrente, Torkin Manes LLP
  • 2017 - Mary Jane Dykeman, Dykeman & O’Brien LLP
  • 2016 - Lonny Rosen, Rosen Sunshine LLP