Women in Law
Leadership Awards

In honour of our 10th Anniversary, WILL Awards is expanding to Ontario!

Please join us in Toronto for our inaugural event on October 27th, 2020 at the Ritz Carlton.

Please join us in Edmonton for our 10th annual awards dinner on November 19th, 2020 at the JW Marriott.

For information on the Toronto event, please contact Dal Bhathal via email at dal@thecounselnetwork.com; and for the Edmonton event, please contact Sameera Sereda via email at ssereda@thecounselnetwork.com.

2019 WILL AWARDS WINNERS

Leadership in the Profession (Private Practice) – Lillian Y. Pan Q.C.

Leadership in the Profession (In-House) – Naomi Schmold

Leadership in the Profession (Government) – Dale Wispinski

Leadership in the Profession (Broader Roles) – Elizabeth J. Osler

Leadership in the Community – Patricia L. Blocksom Q.C., A.O.E.

Tomorrow’s Leader – Koren Lightning-Earle

Law Firm Award – Field Law

 

2020 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER
THE HONOURABLE RITU KHULLAR

Justice Khullar was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 2017 and to the Courts of Appeal of Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in 2018.

Born in Northern Alberta to parents who emigrated from India, Justice Khullar graduated from the University of Alberta in 1985 and received her law degree from the University of Toronto in 1991. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.

In practice, Justice Khullar spent the bulk of her career in public law litigation, including labour and employment law, human rights, privacy, administrative and constitutional law. After articling with the Alberta Court of Appeal and Queen’s Bench, she worked with a large private firm in Edmonton and spent several years at a boutique constitutional litigation firm before joining Chivers Greckol & Kanee (now Chivers Carpenter) in 1998. From 2009 until her appointment to the Bench, Justice Khullar was the firm’s managing partner. She has appeared before various tribunals and boards, all levels of court in Alberta, all levels of the Federal Court, and the Supreme Court on several occasions.

While practicing law full time, Justice Khullar taught at the University of Alberta faculty of law for 14 years and frequently spoke at academic and professional conferences on a variety of topics. She has published several academic articles related to her practice area. She also sat on several boards and commissions, including the Alberta Law Reform Institute, the Federal Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments in Alberta, and the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Alberta. In addition, she was on the National Board of the Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF) and was counsel for LEAF in R v Ewanchuk and R v Shearing at the Supreme Court of Canada. Since her appointment to the courts, Justice Khullar has been involved in continuing education for judges through the National Judicial Institute.

She is married, has two wonderful children and a dog.