Toronto (November 7, 2014) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is proud to announce the Honourable Louise Arbour, C.C., G.O.Q, and the Honourable Dennis O’Connor, Q.C., were honoured at the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA).

The CCLA recognized Louise and Dennis for the contributions made over their careers to the protection and promotion of civil liberties and human rights.

“Throughout their careers, Louise and Dennis have been champions for human rights and democratic freedoms in Canada and around the world, advocating for the civil liberties we all deserve,” said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO. “Congratulations to Louise and Dennis for this prestigious honour.”

Louise joined BLG this year, providing strategic advice to BLG on issues pertaining to international disputes. In addition to her five-year tenure as Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Louise has served as the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations and served as a member of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security.

Dennis served as Associate Chief Justice of Ontario from 2001 to 2012 and was Commissioner of the Maher Arar Inquiry from 2004 to 2006. In addition to his current position as counsel at BLG, Dennis is the chair of Pro Bono Canada and a member of the board of directors of the Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted Foundation.

Founded in 1964, the CCLA is a strong advocate of democracy and fundamental rights for all Canadians. Through legal advocacy and public education, the CCLA promotes a just and inclusive society, founded on the principals of individual rights and freedoms.

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