Canada: A Toast to Bay Street Partners

The face of the legal profession in Canada continues to evolve, reflecting the ever-changing composition of the population. Black lawyers have made significant strides in recent years, benefiting from the dedication, hard work and determination of the pioneers in the field. They have emerged as important members of the legal community in a broad spectrum of practice areas, including employment, civil litigation, immigration, family, criminal, human rights and now, the various aspects of corporate commercial law.


On Thursday, September 23, 2010, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers acknowledged and recognized those in particular that have achieved partnership status in Toronto at Canada’s largest corporate commercial law firms, where black lawyers have been historically the most under-represented.  Those lawyers honored included:


Andrew Alleyne    (Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP)
Peter Ascherl    (Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP)
Sandra Barton    (Heenan Blaikie LLP)
Blair Bowen    (Fogler, Rubinoff LLP)
Al Burton    (Thomson Rogers)
Olivier Guillaume    (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)
Michelle Henry    (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)
Faithe Holder    (Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP)
Arleen Huggins    (Koskie Minsky LLP)
Dominique Hussey    (Bennett Jones LLP)
Kathy Martin    (McMillan LLP)
Andrew Nunes    (Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP)
Linc Rogers    (Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP)
Junior Sirivar    (McCarthy Tétrault LLP)
Donna Walwyn    (Baker & McKenzie LLP)
Frank Walwyn    (WeirFoulds LLP)
Cornell Wright    (Torys LLP)


The Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, formed in March 1996, is a national network of law professionals and individuals that is committed to reinvesting in the community.  CABL’s continuing goal is to bring together law professionals and other interested members of the community from across Canada to cultivate and maintain the association of Black legal professionals in Canada.

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    I had the privilege of working with Blair Bowen many years ago. He is not only a great lawyer, but also a wonderful person. I can think of no one more worthy of recognition for his hard work and dedication.