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
  • 2017 - Raj Anand
  • 2019 - Julia Shin Doi
  • 2020 - Justice Shaun Nakatsuru

 

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
  • 2019 - Andy Chan
  • 2020 - Lai-King Hum

 

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
  • 2017 - Kendall Yamagishi
  • 2019 - Megan Lee (posthumous)
  • 2020 - Devin Persaud

 

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
  • 2017 - Maytree
  • 2019 - Paul Saguil
  • 2020 - Jayashree Goswami

 

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
  • 2019 - Fasken
  • 2020 - Roslyn Tsao

 

FACL Public Sector Lawyer Award

The Public Sector Lawyer Award is offered to a lawyer whose career demonstrates a commitment to the legal profession, community service and social justice.

  • 2014 - Gary Yee
  • 2015 - Clara Ho (posthumous)
  • 2016 - Arif Virani
  • 2019 - Mabel Lai
  • 2020 - Frank Man-Kong Au 

 

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 scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to a law student.  In recent years, with support from the legal community, FACL has been able to increase the size of each scholarship to $2,000, and has given multiple awards annually.   

  • 2013 - Wendy Sun
  • 2014 - Vivian Li
  • 2015 - Kate Shao and Reema Mahbubani
  • 2016 - Stefanie Wong and Yuan Stevens
  • 2017 - Jiaqing He
  • 2019 - Saad Gaya, Alice Pan, Yadesha Satheaswaran
  • 2020 - Ryan Wai On Chan, Nusra Khan, Nicky (Yujeong) Kim, Yi Di (Jessica) Zhang