BC’s Legal Profession Well-Represented at Women of Distinction Awards

August 7, 2014

A note on the UBC Law website alerted us to the fact that professor Janis Sarra was the recipient of a 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Upon further investigation, we discovered that two other members of the BC legal profession also won in this year’s awards!

Professor Sarra won in the Education, Training and Development category

“Janis is an internationally recognized expert in corporate finance, banking and securities regulation. She is an innovative educator, adept at fostering life-long professional development. As Director of the Peter Wall Institute at UBC, she created new programs of research and education, connecting early-career female scholars to world-leading researchers, supporting innovative interdisciplinary research. As founding Director of the UBC National Centre for Business Law, she helped educate and place women in business and finance, developing innovative new courses to ensure all law students, but particularly women, are well prepared to assume leadership roles.”

McCarthy Tetrault lawyer Lisa Vogt won in the Business & The Professions category.

“Lisa is a nationally-recognized lawyer in property development and leasing. She has held a series of leadership roles at McCarthy Tétrault, consistently promoting diversity and inclusiveness for women. She is presently the Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, the first position of its kind at a Canadian law firm. Lisa’s thoughtful articulation of the importance of gender diversity was instrumental in the 2010 decision of senior leadership to declare diversity as one of the firm’s four strategic priorities. She is deeply committed to empowering women to succeed and has fostered a professional environment that sustains women in their career development. As a successful lawyer with five children, she is a recognised role model and she volunteers extensively with organizations working to strengthen and support women.”

Global Relay President and General Counsel Shannon Rogers won in the Entrepreneurship category.

““Cloud Pioneer” Shannon left her solid law position at a major law firm to join a technology start-up when the cloud was unheard of.  Without any funding or real market but with growing debts, Shannon used her expertise in business law and securities compliance to break Global Relay into one of the most demanding and difficult sectors in the world, the financial sector.  Today, Global Relay is a 325-employee powerhouse with $35+ million in annual revenues. In two industries dominated by men – technology and finance – Shannon has achieved astounding success and received numerous awards and accolades.”

The local YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, which took place earlier this summer, recognize “some of Metro Vancouver’s most fascinating and influential women whose outstanding achievements have made a lasting impact on the well-being and future of our community”.

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