Innovative Workplace Award

Throughout the year, CBABC proudly honours excellence in BC’s legal profession. Annual awards celebrate individual and industry excellence, outstanding achievements and superior contributions to the association and the legal profession in British Columbia.

Nominations for the Innovative Workplace Award are open until Friday, April 12, 2019.


Congratulations to the recipient of 
2017 Innovative Workplace Award 

Labour Rights Law Office

This award recognizes creative leadership and innovative strategy in the workplace. The Labour Rights Law Office in Coquitlam is one of the first virtual law firms in Canada practicing employment, labour and human rights law. Through user-friendly and reliable tech, the Labour Rights Law Office delivers high quality, cost-efficient legal services to a diverse clientele. The virtual practice reduces overhead and assists clients in remote locations where there is no local employment, labour or human rights lawyer. To the extent its litigation practice permits, the firm is paperless. One of its lawyers was first to present a paperless judicial review application in the BC Supreme Court. Each lawyer has a home office with flexible hours, remote access to work computers, and a cloud-based IP phone system. There are no fixed work hours as it occurs when it is most beneficial for clients and staff, offering profound work-life balance. Staff meetings feature firm-issued Nerf-guns for fun to voice “displeasure” with an unpopular point of view.

About the Award

The Innovative Workplace recognizes lawyers, law firms or organizations who demonstrate leadership in promoting workplace innovation within the practice of law. The award is designed to reward innovation and creative thinking in the workplace and to recognize a CBABC member, law firm or organization who demonstrates this innovation in their practice or who is a leader in the development and implementation of innovative workplace strategies.


Individuals, law firms and organizations are eligible to receive the Innovative Workplace Award. An individual recipient must be a CBABC member. Law firms or organizations must have a majority of CBA members, and demonstrate leadership and commitment to workplace innovation in the practice of law. 


This award is presented annually.


Presented at the CBABC June Provincial Council.

Nomination Procedure

The nominee must be willing to attend the Awards ceremony in person with at least one nominator. The nominee must be advised by one of the nominators that his or her name has been put forward for this award prior to the April deadline and must sign the nomination form.

A nomination requires the signatures of three CBABC members in good standing. A law firm requires signatures from at least one associate lawyer and one support staff and a corporation or government department requires signatures from a minimum of one staff lawyer and one support staff.

All nominations must include a written submission of 5-15 pages on how a nominee has achieved, encouraged or facilitated initiatives to achieve a healthy work life balance. There is no page limit for any supporting documents submitted with the nomination.

Selection Process

The Award is ajudicated by the Awards & Recognition Committee.

Previous Recipients

  • 2016 - Spraggs & Co.
  • 2015 - Health Sciences Association of BC, Rebecca Maurer (Recipient)
  • 2014 - Clark Wilson LLP, Firm Recipient

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