Douglas Miller Rising Star Award

The Douglas Miller Award was first presented in 1996 in honour of the late Douglas Miller of Yellowknife, an active CBA member who participated enthusiastically in Association activities, enjoying both the work and the people involved. The award honoured CBA members who demonstrated outstanding dedication and team spirit in their ongoing involvement with the association.

In 2019, in consultation with the family of the late Douglas Miller, the award name was revised and renamed and the criteria have been reoriented to recognize an early career lawyer who is a CBA member in good standing and who exhibits professional excellence; service to the profession; and outstanding dedication and team spirit in his or her ongoing involvement with the CBA. This award is intended to provide early recognition of developing talent, honouring members who already demonstrate characteristics of leadership to the profession.


  • Nominations may be submitted by individuals.
  • Each candidate requires a minimum of one letter of support, to a maximum of three, from active CBA members.
  • Each nomination must include the candidate's curriculum vitae and a completed application form


  • Candidates must be CBA members in good standing at the time of nomination
  • Candidates must be under forty years of age and/or within their first ten years of call to the bar
  • Governance and Equality Committee and current Board members are not eligible for the Award
  • No more than one award may be awarded per year
  • No award need be granted in any one year.


Applications are reviewed by the CBA Award Selection Panel and recommendation made to the Governance and Equality Committee.


The deadline for nominations is February 19, 2024 at 8:00 pm (ET).


The award, a framed photograph of the sculpture entitled "Crane" carved from Muskox horn by Northwest Territories artist Rex Goose, is presented to the winner.

Douglas Miller Rising Star Award Winners

Douglas Miller Award Winners

  • 2019 - Michèle Moreau (Montréal, QC)
  • 2018 - No award given
  • 2017 - No award given
  • 2016 - Mark Berlin (Montréal, QC.)
  • 2015 - Geoffrey D. Creighton (Oakville, ON)
  • 2014 - Josh Weinstein (Winnipeg, MB)
  • 2013 - Elaine Keenan Bengts (Yellowknife, NT)
  • 2012 - Lucille R. Birkett, K.C. (Edmonton, AB)
  • 2011 - Jack Innes (Halifax, NS)
  • 2010 - Rene Basque (Moncton, NB)
  • 2009 - Glenda Cole (Calgary, AB)
  • 2008 - Susan T. McGrath (Iroquois Falls, ON)
  • 2007 - George Hendy, K.C., (Montreal, QC)
  • 2006 - Anne M. Wallace, K.C., (Saskatoon, SK)
  • 2005 - Bruce Noble, K.C., (Fredericton, NB)
  • 2004 - No award given
  • 2003 - Greg A. Harding, K.C., (Edmonton, AB)
  • 2002 - Nancy Orr, (Charlottetown, P.E.I)
  • 2001 - Pierre-C. Gagnon, (Quebec, QC)
  • 2000 - Garth Smorang, K.C. (Winnipeg, MB)
  • 1999 - Robert P. Stack, (St. John's, NL)
  • 1998 - Sandra L. Schulz, K.C., (Edmonton, AB)
  • 1997 - Simon V. Potter, (Montreal, QC)
  • 1996 - The Honorable Mr. Justice Emile R. Kruzick, (Toronto, ON)