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3rd Annual In-House Counsel Forum Awards

|Written By Kelly Harris

Social responsibility highlighted the business and in-house counsel awards held Feb. 26 in Toronto, as part of the 3rd annual In-House Counsel Forum.

The forum and awards were hosted by Insight and given out in four categories, environmental leadership, social responsibility and corporate citizenship, innovation and scholarship, and alternative dispute resolution.

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP partner and Canadian Lawyer InHouse environmental law columnist, Marc McAree hosted the awards.

The recipient of the social responsibility and corporate citizenship award was Brian Leck, general counsel of the Toronto Transit Commission. Leck was recognized, in part, for the work he has done in managing the TTC’s alcohol and drug testing practices, as well as managing increased operator assault concerns.

Ryan Fabi, the director of environment health and safety at Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., was given the award for environmental leadership. Husky achieved a non-hazardous waste diversion rate of 96 per cent in 2008 for Husky’s Bolton, Ont. campus — a $2-million payback for the company.

David P. Miller, senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary for Rogers Communications, was recognized for the innovation and scholarship award. Miller was also the luncheon guest speaker at the conference.

The recipient of the ADR award was Doug Melville, senior deputy ombudsman of banking services for Ombudsman for Banking Services & Investments (OBSI). Melville has been involved in transitioning the OBSI from an inquisitive model of dispute resolution based on investigations to a more facilitative model of dispute resolution based on mediation techniques. The organization has dramatically increased the volume of banking complaints reviewed, with minimal additional investigative staff.

Three of the four awards were copies of titles printed by Canada Law Book.

The two-day conference was the third annual event held at the St. Andrews Club in Toronto. The topics included discussions of corporate and social responsibility, legal department management cost control, and crisis management.