Law alumna named among Most Powerful Women

Ciney Clarke

Cynthia Clarke, LLB’97, Partner and National Group Head, Specialized Litigation, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, was recently named among the 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners, sponsored by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

The Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what's possible.

“For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable Winners, it’s an opportunity to pay it forward,” said Pamela Jeffery, WXN founder.

“WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them.”

In addition to managing the specialized litigation business, Cindy Clarke is a member of the firm’s national management committee. She maintains an active practice in the health law and class actions groups. She was selected by peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Health Care Law). In the community, Clarke volunteers with Pro Bono Law Ontario and previously served for over 10 years on the board of Mothercraft.

“The more women we have in leadership, the more likely it is the next generation will find female leaders with whom they can identify,” said Clarke. “We need to highlight the positive aspects of assuming a leadership role so they can see us having the time of our lives and be inspired to join us.

Other Western alumni winners included:

· Marni Dicker, BA’91, Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Infrastructure Ontario;

· Laura Dottori-Attanasio, BA’88, Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer, CIBC;

· Marilyn Emery, MScN’74, President and CEO, Women’s College Hospital;

· Catherine Karakatsanis, BESc’83, MESc’91, COO, Morrison Hershfield Limited;

· Linda McCurdy, MBA’91, President and CEO, K-Bro Linen Systems Inc.;

· Akela Peoples, BA’88, President and CEO, The Learning Partnership; and

·Sarah Saska-Crozier, PhD candidate, co-founder and Partner, Feminuity, and fellow, MaRS Discovery District.