Kirby Chown and Carrie Mandel of Toronto win 2014 CCCA Special Contribution Award

  • April 07, 2014

Calgary  — The Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) has announced that Kirby Chown and Carrie Mandel, both of Toronto, ON, are the winners of the 2014 CCCA Special Contribution Award.

Recognizing those who have made an extraordinary, one-time contribution to further the objectives of the CCCA, the association is excited to present the Special Contribution Award to lawyers Kirby Chown, former Ontario Regional Managing Partner of McCarthy Tétrault and Carrie Mandel, Partner at Spencer Stuart and part of the firm's North American Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Practice.

Ms. Chown and Ms. Mandel are the authors of the book Breaking Through: Tales from the Top Canadian Women General Counsel. Documenting the successes and the challenges faced by women who have risen to the top of the in-house profession in Canada, this publication also serves as a testament to the skills, determination and leadership required in Canadian General Counsel, regardless of gender. Their work also acts as a focal point for discussion about diversity in Canadian workplaces.

The Special Contribution Award will be presented to Ms. Chown and Ms. Mandel during the CCCA’s Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on the evening of Monday, April 7, 2014 in Calgary, AB, along with CCCA’s four other awards. This event is part of the 2014 CCCA National Conference.

Media accreditation for the dinner and the conference may be obtained by contacting Hannah Bernstein at

An integral group within the 37,500-member CBA, the CCCA is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the interests of Canadian corporate counsel. CCCA provides uniquely Canadian perspectives, resources, tools, professional development, conferences and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. The CCCA has some 4,500 in-house counsel members.