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Alumni honoured at awards ceremony

Three of Western Law’s finest were celebrated at the 2016 Alumni Awards of Distinction held at the Hockey Hall of Fame November 24. 

Christine Elliott, LLB’78, Warren Bongard, LLB’91 and Richard McLaren, LLB’71, were honoured for their achievements in community service, business leadership and superior contributions to the Faculty of Law.

Former Dean Iain Scott welcomed the guests and thanked the alumni community for their ongoing support. “You are the backbone of Western Law and we appreciate your expertise, passion, time and generous financial support,” he said. “It is because of your tremendous commitment that Western Law continues to thrive.”

Robert Landry, LLB’98, President of the Western Law Alumni Association, presented the awards.

“The achievements and accomplishments of our award recipients tell the story of what makes Western Law so special,” said Landry.  “All three of our award winners have had impressive career paths which have led them to diverse and unique destinations and each of their journeys began at Western’s Faculty of Law,” he said.

Christine Elliott was presented with the community service award. A founding member and partner of the law firm Flaherty Dow Elliott & McCarthy, Elliott practised law until her election in 2006 as member of the provincial parliament for Whitby-Ajax. During her years at Queen’s Park she was an effective and passionate advocate for those most vulnerable people in our society. A champion for persons with special needs, she is the co-founder and a Director of the Abilities Centre, a Past Chair of Grandview Children’s Centre and a former Director of the Lakeridge Health Whitby Foundation.

In December 2015 she was appointed by the provincial government as the province’s first Patient Ombudsman, ensuring that patients in Ontario’s healthcare system will now have a strengthened voice.

Warren Bongard received the 2016 business leadership award for his significant and sustained achievements in business and for acting as a role model to the business community.

Bongard co-founded ZSA Legal Recruitment in 1997. As President and co-founder, he manages lawyer recruitment operations and focuses his practice on partner-level hires and special in-house assignments. A valued voice in the legal and business community, he is a respected commentator on the subject of legal recruitment, retention and law firm management.

He is Chair of the Entrepreneurs Organization, Toronto Chapter and was on the board of directors at The York School, an independent school in Toronto. He is also the founder of the Canadian General Counsel awards. Warren sits on the board of the University of Western Ontario Alumni Association and served as President of the University of Western Ontario Law Alumni Association. He was and continues to be a champion and generous supporter of the school. 

The Ivan Rand Alumni Award, recognizing superior contributions to both the law school and to the alumni community, was presented to Richard McLaren, O.C., HBA’68, LLB’71. McLaren, an influential law professor for more than 30 years, is a mentor to generations of students. Those who were research students for him are affectionately known as “McLarenites.”

A founder and driving force behind the Western Business Law Clinic, he is also a commercial litigator with McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP and founder of McLaren Global Sport Solutions. McLaren is a member of the Dean’s Circle, a distinguished group of supporters. 

During his exceptional career he has become one of the strongest voices against corruption in international sport and placed his stamp most recently on his groundbreaking reports as independent counsel investigating accusations of Russian athletes participating in a doping program.

This past January he was awarded Canada’s top honour, when he was named an Officer to the Order of Canada.

Many thanks to the event sponsors for their generous support: presenting sponsor Closing Folders; purple sponsors; Gowlings WLG and ZSA Legal Recruitment; and silver sponsors Goodmans LLP and McKenzie Lake Lawyers. 

This article appeared in the Western Law 2017 Alumni Magazine.
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