Cindy Clarke and Victoria Prince Toronto (November 25, 2015) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is pleased to announce Cindy Clarke and Victoria Prince have been named winners of the Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.

“Cindy and Victoria are not only top legal professionals in their fields, they are two of BLG's most well-respected senior leaders,” said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO at BLG. “Cindy and Victoria are valued by their clients, respected by their peers and generous to their communities, and on behalf of the firm I congratulate them on joining this prestigious group of most powerful women in Canada.”

Ms. Clarke is the national group head of BLG's Specialized Litigation Group, where she oversees five national litigation groups and sits on the firm's National Management Committee. In addition, she maintains a vibrant practice in health advocacy with a focus on malpractice and class action defence. As one of BLG's leaders in developing highly innovative client services, Ms. Clarke and the health law team at BLG were recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel with the highly regarded Value Champion Award. In the community, Cindy volunteers with Pro Bono Law Ontario and previously served for over 10 years on the board of Mothercraft.

Ms. Prince is the national practice group leader of BLG's Corporate Commercial Group. Her business law practice spans corporate governance to restructuring and negotiations, for clients ranging from not-for-profits and charities to financial and tech. She is often sought by clients to act as an outside general counsel, due to her broad legal, business, and stakeholder perspectives. Ms. Prince is deeply committed to the community, focusing on children's issues and mentoring younger women. She currently serves as the director and secretary of Kids Up Front (Toronto) and The Hammer Band: From Violence to Violins, and has served as co-chair of the Toronto legal community's Give A Day campaign for several years.

The Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what's possible.

“For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable Winners, it's an opportunity to pay it forward,” says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. “WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them.”

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada's top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Cindy and Victoria, who will both receive the KPMG Professionals Award for women professionals who play a leadership role within their organizations, will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 26.

Cindy and Victoria join a prestigious community of past Award Winners, including BLG's The Honourable Louise Arbour, Linda Bertoldi, Lynn McGrade and Noella Milne, and Canada's most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

The full list of WXN's 2015 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a leading, national, full-service Canadian law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property solutions for our clients. BLG is one of the country's largest law firms with more than 725 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in five cities across Canada. We assist clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing to trademark and patent registration.

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