Friday, November 25, 2016

Faculty of Law alumnae Lisa Borsook, LLB 1980, Joy Grahek, LLB 1981, and Melissa Kennedy, LLB 1987, have been named among Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for 2016 by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

The awards, launched in 2003, highlight the vast accomplishments of professional women across the country and in various fields, not only in recognition of their talents but also “to inspire others—the next generation, their peers and themselves.”


WXN featuring Lisa Borsook banner

Lisa Borsook, an executive partner at WeirFoulds LLP, is one of a handful of women to have been named and served as a managing partner at a law firm, from 2007 – 2012. Currently, she chairs the commercial and leasing practice group and the client services committee at the firm. She is also a member of the women lawyers practice group, and the business law group. A prolific author, she has written and spoken extensively about the retention of women in the profession, and on business and commercial topics in her practice areas. She also volunteers significantly with many charities. This is the fourth time she has been named among WXN’s Top 100. Read more about Lisa Borsook here.


WXN featuring Joy Grahek banner

As general counsel at GFL (Green For Life) Environmental Inc., Joy Grahek is on the senior management team of one of Canada’s fastest-growing environmental services companies. She provides strategic and legal expertise, and corporate governance support to the founder/CEO, senior management and other stakeholders, including its  board members. Her sought-after advice on a wide range of matters is  integral to the achievement of the organization’s strategic goals. She's worked to increase gender diversity and is proud to see a number of women in senior roles at GFL. Read more about Joy Grahek here.


WXN featuring Melissa Kennedy banner

Melissa Kennedy, executive vice-president and chief legal officer and public affairs at Sun Life Financial, has gained a wealth of experience in private practice and in regulatory and in-house positions, including at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and the Ontario Securities Commission. Currently, she is responsible for Sun Life’s global legal, compliance, corporate secretarial and corporate affairs areas. She is actively involved as an executive member of the Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion, and volunteers also with the Faculty of Law’s Alumni Association. A leading champion of diversity, she received a Women of Influence award in recognition of her advocacy, and received an Arbor Award from  U of T for her volunteer work. Read more about Melissa Kennedy here.

The Faculty of Law congratulates this year’s winners. To date, the WXN has highlighted the accomplishments of 939 outstanding women.