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TLA presents its 2017 award recipients

By Jennifer Pritchett, Associate Editor

The Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) has recognized two lawyers for their contributions to the profession at its 17th Annual TLA Awards Reception, says the organization’s executive director Joan Rataic-Lang.

The TLA presented its 2017 Award of Distinction to Dale Ponder of Osler LLP and its Honsberger Award to Stephen Thiele of Gardiner Roberts LLP at the event held at the Omni King Edward Hotel on March 2.

Ponder, national managing partner and chief executive of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, has been recognized repeatedly as one of WXN's Top 100 Powerful Women in Canada and as one of the Top 25 by Canada's Women of Influence organization, says a TLA press release.

“By conferring its Award of Distinction on Ms. Ponder, the TLA recognizes her outstanding contributions to the legal profession and to the Toronto legal community over the course of her distinguished career,” Rataic-Lang says.

Ponder is a frequent speaker on topics related to mergers and acquisitions law, as well as leadership in the professional services industry and women in leadership, including in the Women of Influence Speaker Series, the Rotman Judy Project and Western Law School’s Distinguished Speaker Series, says the TLA.

Thiele, the 2017 Honsberger Award recipient, was honoured for his contributions to the legal profession.

“As the director of research for Gardiner Roberts, Mr. Thiele has helped shape the legal arguments in countless high-profile cases that have gone on to influence society in myriad ways,” Rataic-Lang says. “He personifies and represents each of the three pillars of the TLA — knowledge, advocacy and community.”

His charitable works span the spectrum from local to the international; he is a long-time Rotary Club member and executive, and he has organized and fundraised for humanitarian efforts to help children’s organizations around the world, including the Kim Phuc Foundation, says the TLA.

“In summary, Mr. Thiele’s ongoing contributions to the education of legal minds, advocacy on behalf of the unrepresented, and informing the precepts of legal logic and theory make him an extraordinary representative of what the Honsberger Award is meant to celebrate,” Rataic-Lang says.

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