Toronto (December 3, 2013) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is pleased to announce that Lynn McGrade was named as a recipient of the Women's Executive Network’s (WXN) 2013 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.   The Women’s Executive Network honours Lynn in the Champions category, which recognizes women who positively influence the advancement of other women in the workplace.

Since its inception in 1997, WXN has created and delivered innovative networking, mentoring and professional and personal development opportunities for women in leadership roles, growing into a sizable community of more than 19,000 members strong across Canada and Ireland.  As of today, WXN has honoured 728 of Canada’s most powerful women and inducted 93 of these women into the Top 100 Hall of Fame.

“This honour recognizes Lynn’s various leadership roles within BLG and her willingness to lead and mentor the Firm’s associates and younger partners,” said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO. “Lynn truly embodies the Firm’s commitment to fostering the development of our women professionals as leaders and we are delighted that her efforts are being recognized.  Warmest congratulations to Lynn on behalf of the Firm.”

Lynn, a partner in BLG’s Toronto office, is currently the Toronto regional leader of the Investment Management Group and was chair of BLG’s Business Development Committee from 2008-13. She is a valued member on the Firm’s Women’s Leadership Development Committee, which helps BLG women professionals advance their leadership abilities through training, mentoring and networking opportunities. Since 2012, Lynn has also notably served as president of the Board of Directors of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association. 

"Every year we see the high quality of female leadership in this country as we review the applications for these Awards,” said Pamela Jeffery, WXN Founder. “The 2013 Top 100 Winners are a testament to the broad range of talent and leadership found in Canada and we believe that by recognizing and sharing the accomplishments of these women, we are encouraging the next generation to reach higher so that one day there will be no ceiling, just possibility.”

Lynn will be celebrated at this year’s Top 100 Leadership Summit and Awards Gala on December 4 at the Sheraton Centre, Toronto. The event which is co-presented by Scotiabank and KPMG will celebrate and highlight the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.   Appropriately titled, “What Glass Ceiling?” - Top 100 Award Winners will provide insights on how they managed to become leaders in their sectors. The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Roberta Bondar, neurologist and Canada’s first female astronaut along with addresses from other notable female leaders.

The full list of WXN’s 2013 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at

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About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a pre-eminent full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration.

About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)

At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of 19,000 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our Partners and Corporate Members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a Founding Member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada's corporate boards. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of female leaders.

In June 2012, WXN Founder, Pamela Jeffery was named the only Canadian resident to Fast Company's 2012 League of Extraordinary Women, in the leadership category. In its inaugural year, the League of Extraordinary Women recognized 60 women from the world's largest companies, innovative start-ups, philanthropic organizations, government and arts for their dedication to changing the lives of women and girls everywhere. WXN is the only Canadian-based organization on the list. Other Charter members include Hilary Clinton and Melinda Gates.

As individuals, we can inspire and be inspired. To our community of members and Partners, we thank you for inspiring WXN to lead.

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Amanda McWhirter
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Jennifer Lee
National PR