CBA President's Award

The CBA President's Award recognizes the significant contribution of a Canadian jurist to the legal profession, to the Canadian Bar Association or to the public life of Canada.

Eligibility

  • Any Canadian except the current President, Past-Presidents within five years, or members of the judiciary while on the bench.
  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens.
  • Groups are not acknowledged as candidates.
  • There are no posthumous awards.

Nomination Procedure

The President nominates candidates for this Award. The President may suggest names of candidates directly, ask the members of the President's Award Committee to suggest names of candidates, and/or ask CBA Banch Presidents to suggest names of candidates.

Deadline for Applications: To be announced.

Selection Process 

The President's Award Committee is comprised of the President, in consultation with the 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, one member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Communications Committee. No award may be granted in any one year, and no more than three awards shall be granted in one year.

Award

The Award takes the form of an engraved brass Scales of Justice. 

Past Winners

  • 2016 - Daphne Dumont, Q.C. (Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
  • 2015 - Hon. John C. Major, C.C., Q.C. (Calgary, AB)
  • 2014 - Irwin Cotler (Montreal, QC) and Simon Fodden (Toronto, ON)
  • 2013 - Eric Rice (Vancouver, BC)
  • 2012 - Vincent Morier (St-Hyacinthe, QC) & Dianne Pothier (Halifax, NS)
  • 2011 - Dave Joe (Vancouver, BC)
  • 2010 - Brigadier-General (Ret.) Ken Watkin (Kingston, ON)
  • 2009 - Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.M. (Winniepg, MB)
  • 2008 - Vincent O'Donnell, Q.C. (Montreal, QC)
  • 2007 - The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, Q.C. (Toronto, ON)
  • 2006 - Brian C. Midwinter, Q.C. (The Pas, MB)
  • 2005 - No recipient
  • 2004 - Robert Patzelt (Halifax, NS)
  • 2003 - Greg DelBigio (Vancouver, BC)
  • 2002 - Antonio Lamer P.C., C.C. (Montréal, QC)
  • 2001 - Ted K. Rowan-Legg (Halifax, NS)
  • 2000 - Douglas J. Los, (Sudbury ON)
  • 1999 - Thomas G. Heintzman, Q.C. (Toronto, ON)
  • 1998 - Stephen Hanson, (Ottawa, ON)
  • 1997 - Brian Crane, Q.C. (Ottawa, ON)
  • 1996 - Robert Smethurst, (Vancouver, BC)
  • 1995 - John C. Tait, Q.C. (Ottawa, ON)
  • 1994 - R. Dennis Maher, Q.C. (North Battleford, SK)
  • 1993 - L. Yves Fortier, C.C., Q.C. (Montreal, QC)
  • 1992 - The Honourable Bertha Wilson, (Ottawa, ON)
  • 1991 - The Right Honourable Brian Dickson, (Ottawa, ON)
  • 1990 - No recipient
  • 1989 - Wilbur F. Bowker, Q.C. (Edmonton, AB)
  • 1988 - L'honorable Jules Deschênes (Montreal, QC)
  • 1987 - Judge Samuel Freedman (Winnipeg, MB)
  • 1986 - Judge Maxwell Cohen (Ottawa, ON)
  • 1985 - The Honourable Judge George Joseph Tweedy (Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
  • 1984 - The Honourable Emmett Hall (Saskatoon, SK)