The Top 25 Most Influential - Changemakers
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Founder, Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP, Toronto, Ont.
Cohen has devoted her career to two activities that have changed the practice of fertility law for the better in Canada and beyond. She has spent countless hours teaching and mentoring on the subject of fertility as an adjunct professor, at home and abroad. Her collegiality in a notoriously competitive area of the law, truly underlines Cohen’s dedication to improving the practice of fertility law. More importantly she pushes for change she wants to see in this burgeoning area of the law. Recent lobbying efforts are sure to pay off; among them to obtain coverage for in vitro fertilization services through Ontario’s health plan as well as changes to the family law legislation that would clarify that a sperm donor is not a parent just by virtue of being a donor. Lastly, she is the first adjunct professor in the country to offer a course exclusively devoted to reproductive law in Canada, helping clear the path for future area practitioners.
Crown counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General,Toronto, Ont.
Dellandrea has been a key player in advancing the understanding of crimes against children by law enforcement officials, fellow lawyers, and the judiciary. She was involved in a child sexual abuse case in March where Ontario’s former deputy education minister Ben Levin pleaded guilty to child pornography related charges. The charges included making written child pornography, counseling a person to commit a sexual assault, and possession of child pornography. Dellandrea’s role as a Crown includes being the education lead for Ontario’s provincial strategy on Internet crimes against children. She is an instrumental leader in this area within the justice department.
Assistant general counsel, labour and employment law, Air Canada, Montreal, Que.
As chairman of the Canadian Bar Association’s Futures Initiative, Headon has given more than 25 presentations to lawyers, law students, professors, librarians, law firm staff, and regulators from Toronto to Buenos Aires, Victoria to Halifax, in person and online. The Futures report was released in August 2014 and its recommendations place Headon squarely in the midst of many important discussions on subjects essential to the profession. He continues to lead the Futures steering committee as it now turns its recommendations into action. Headon is an integral part of the discussion on the future of the profession and he was the first in-house counsel to become the president of the CBA.
Professor and associate dean-academic, University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Calgary, Alta.
Woolley is a true changemaker in the area of law and technology as well as law regulation. She has been a valuable member of the Canadian Bar Association’s ethics and professional responsibility committee. Her work with the CBA Futures project as an ethics and regulatory issues team member is truly making a mark in the legal community. Woolley is also responsible for sweeping educational changes as chairwoman of the committee that developed and adopted significant curricular changes at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law, which focus on the practical elements of legal education and will come into effect in September.
Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Hamilton, Ont.
Tamminga has devoted his career to automating legal practices. His information technology focus began in 1986 while he was still a law student and was given the task of systemizing the production environment for mortgage files. Since then, Tamminga’s aptitude for legal technology has only grown with Gowlings LLP. Three years ago, he was named Gowlings’ Innovation Initiatives leader. He is responsible for automating the Gowlings recovery services practice. He has designed and built a number of additional practice systems in the areas of debt collection, loan placement, and civil litigation. His role has required re-thinking the thornier aspects of large firm operations: managing cultural change, inducing client-side thinking, and building the compensation mechanics, which drive new behaviour.
One of Canada’s most experienced and respected legal journalists, Gail J. Cohen is the former editor in chief of Canadian Lawyer and Law Times, who was responsible for the editorial direction of all the publications in the group, which also includes Candian Lawyer InHouse, Canadian Lawyer 4Students, and the daily Legal Feeds blog. Gail has covered the legal profession in Canada as a reporter and editor since 1997, which had put her in a prime position to access and engage thought leaders in the regulatory, legal, and business realms. Canadian Lawyer and its editorial team have been the recipients of many journalism awards and their publications are highly respected throughout the legal profession in Canada and abroad.