Essay contest winners

  • July 10, 2019

A number of CBA Sections have announced winners for their annual essay contests. The winning essays are posted on the Section websites, so if they’re not there yet, they will be soon.


Frances Ankenman, a second-year law student at the University of Victoria, is the winner of this year’s James L. Thistle, Q.C., prize for a scholarly paper promoting and rewarding interest in alternative dispute resolution. Her paper identifies major challenges and limitations presented by the new dispute resolution model in British Columbia’s revitalized Environmental Assessment Act, passed into law in 2018.

With research interests in environmental and Indigenous law and dispute resolution, Frances has a background in natural resource management and is pursuing a career in public interest environmental law.

Business Law

Beverley Chung, a prospective Class of 2020 graduate pursuing her JD/MBA dual degree at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business, is the winner of the English Langlois Prize for her essay on the marijuana marketplace – and how a less stringent framework is necessary to develop a sustainable market.

Beverly holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University with a major in marketing and a minor in economics, and prior to her graduate studies worked as a financial analyst at McCain Foods Limited.

Christine Chaussé, a third-year student at the Université de Montreal, is winner of the French Langlois Prize, whose aim is to promote and reward interest in business law. Christine’s winning essay took on the topic of executive compensation.

Christine has a background in graphic arts but is focused on business law – particularly corporate law and corporate governance. She trained in corporate social responsibility at l’Université d’Aix-Marseilles in 2018.

Environmental, Energy and Resources Law

Riley Weyman, third-year student at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, is this year’s winner of the David Estrin Prize, awarded to best scholarly paper submitted to the Section on a subject directly related to environmental, energy or resources law in Canada.

Riley is currently completing a certificate of specialization in environmental law at the Schulich School’s Marine and Environmental Law Institute. He is particularly interested in the intersection between environmental law, aboriginal law, energy law and Canada’s north.

Charities and Not-for-Profit Law

Daniel Giles is the winner of the Section’s 2019 essay contest, which is awarded to a scholarly paper on a subject related to Canadian charity and not-for-profit law.

Daniel is a second-year student at Robson Hall Law School at the University of Manitoba, and developed an interest in not-for-profit law while working last summer at the Elizabeth Fry Society.