Awards & Past Recipients

The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers is proud to recognize lawyers of East Asian, South Asian and Southeast Asian descent who have made significant contributions to their communities and the broader legal community with the FACL Awards.

 

FACL Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes an Asian-Canadian legal professional, who has practised law for a minimum of 25 years, and has made significant and longstanding contributions to the legal community and for positive contributions made to social justice and/or the Asian community.

  • 2010 - Maryka Omatsu
  • 2012 - Lilian Ma
  • 2013 - Jeffrey Lem
  • 2014 - Edward Hung (posthumous)
  • 2016 - David Tsubouchi

 

FACL Lawyer of Distinction Award

Recognizes an Asian-Canadian legal professional, who has practised law for a minimum of 10 years, for significant accomplishments in the law and for service to the legal profession, areas of social justice and/or the Asian community.

  • 2009 - Rafael Fabregas
  • 2012 - Avvy Go
  • 2013 - Daniel Mark
  • 2014 - Constance L. Sugiyama
  • 2015 - Malliha Wilson
  • 2016 - Sandra Nishikawa

 

FACL Young Lawyer of the Year Award

Recognizes an Asian-Canadian legal professional, who has practised law for no more than 10 years, for achievements which are beyond what is expected of him or her based on his or her experience.

  • 2012 - Joseph Cheng
  • 2013 - Chris Hope
  • 2014 - Kenneth Jim
  • 2015 - Clara Pham
  • 2016 - Junaid Subhan

 

FACL Social Justice Award

Recognizes a person, organization or company which has demonstrated achievements in at least one of the following areas: diversity, innovation, leadership, public service, professional development, philanthropy, volunteerism and furthering the goals of FACL.

  • 2012 - Caregivers' Action Centre, accepted on behalf of CAC by Jean Marie Vecina
  • 2014 - Jason Tam
  • 2016 - Bennett Gastle Professional Corporation

 

FACL Corporate Diversity and Leadership Award

Recognizes an individual or organization in the corporate sector who has demonstrated exceptional leadership towards achieving greater diversity and inclusion among the bar.

  • 2014 - Ernest Tucket
  • 2016 - Osler LLP

 

FACL Daniel Mark  Public Sector Lawyer Award

The Daniel Mark Public Sector Lawyer Award was named posthumously after Daniel Mark.  Daniel was recognized in 2013 with the FACL Lawyer of Distinction Award for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession, community service and social justice over the course of his over 10 years of legal practice.

FACL is pleased to offer this award to a lawyer whose career mirrors Daniel's demonstrated commitment to the legal profession, community service and social justice.  Kyle Spencer, Daniel’s spouse, honoured FACL and Daniel’s memory by presenting the inaugural award to Gary Yee in 2014.

  • 2014 - Gary Yee
  • 2015 - Clara Ho (posthumous)
  • 2016 - Arif Virani

 

Omatsu FACL Scholarship

The Omatsu FACL Scholarship was established to honour Justice Maryka Omatsu, Canada’s first East Asian woman judge.  Commencing in 2013, one award in the amount of $1,000 or two awards in the amount of $500 each will be awarded to a law student or two law students based on the particular considerations.

  • 2013 - Wendy Sun
  • 2014 - Vivian Li
  • 2015 - Kate Shao and Reema Mahbubani
  • 2016 - Stefanie Wong and Yuan Stevens