Equality and Diversity Award

CBABC members are now welcome to honour a fellow member through a nomination for the Equality & Diversity Award. 

Nomination deadline is Friday, April 27, 2018. CBABC Awards will be presented in June 2018. 

Download the Nomination Form

Congratulations to the recipient of
the 2017 Equality & Diversity Award:

Adrienne Smith of Adrienne Smith Law

This award celebrates a lawyer who has successfully advanced equality in BC. Adrienne Smith is a long-standing advocate for the rights of transgender and gender diverse British Columbians. Adrienne has served as a volunteer lawyer in a summary legal advice clinic for transgender people offering free advice on human rights, criminal, family and employment law, and free notarization of name change forms. As a young lawyer, Adrienne argued the deleterious effects of mandatory minimum sentences on women, aboriginal offenders and drug users at the Supreme Court of Canada and the BC Court of Appeal.

About the Award

The Award celebrates the accomplishments of a CBABC member who has succeeded in advancing equality in the legal profession or generally in British Columbia. The Award recognizes significant contributions to improving the status of women, people with disabilities, people of colour, Aboriginal people or peoples, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or two-spirited people or people who are members of historically marginalized communities.


Candidates must be individual lawyers who are members of the CBABC. Groups are not eligible for consideration.

Consideration will be given to candidates who have successfully championed equality and promoted understanding of diversity through education, policy development, advocacy (including litigation), creating or leading organizational change, volunteerism with equality-seeking groups, or other means.

Consideration will be given to candidates who have worked on race, disability, sexual orientation, gender or other diversity issues in their communities, in government or government agencies, within the institutions of the legal profession (including CBA, the Law Society, CLE, LSS, the judiciary, or the law schools), or elsewhere.


This award is presented annually.


The award is presented by the CBABC President and the Awards & Recognition Committee at the June Provincial Council meeting.

Nomination Procedure

The Award is ajudicated by the Awards & Recognition Committee.

Selection Process

The award shall be granted at the discretion of the Awards & Recognition Committee. The recipient will be selected by the Awards & Recognition Committee at their sole discretion.


The award is an engraved medal presented inside a mahogany box.

Previous Recipients

  • 2016 - The Honourable Donna Martinson, QC
  • 2014 - Janine L. Benedet
  • 2013 - Benjamin D. Levine
  • 2012 - Jennifer Spencer
  • 2011 - Jennifer Conkie, QC
  • 2010 - Sarah Rauch
  • 2009 - Kuan Foo
  • 2008 - Valli Chettiar
  • 2007 - Anna Fung, QC
  • 2006 - Anne Bhanu Chopra
  • 2005 - Halldor Bjarnason
  • 2004 - Joseph J Arvay, QC

Additional Information 

CBABC Awards
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