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Ms Sheila Block

Full Title: Ms Sheila Block
Category: Honorary Benchers
Bench Call Date: 20.9.2019

Trial and appellate counsel with a broad civil litigation practice, acting as counsel on numerous leading cases in a diverse range of matters. Former Chair of Torys’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Appeared before all levels of court in Canada and in international arbitrations. Chair, Touching Tiny Lives Foundation; President, The Harold G. Fox Education Fund; Founder and Trustee, Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy, Geneva; former Director Children’s Aid Foundation, Trillium Foundation. Chair, Quadrennial Commission on Judicial Compensation (2007-2011). Serves as Conduct Review Advisor for Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Ranked by Lexpert® as one of Canada's top 25 corporate litigators and one of Canada's top 25 women lawyers. Taught advocacy in Canada, the United States, England, Scotland, France, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, El Salvador, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Brazil, India, Hong Kong and Singapore. Published Canadian edition of Modern Trial Advocacy by Lubet. Awards: Advocates’ Society Medal; Laidlaw Medal for Advocacy; Honorary Member of the Commercial Bar Association of England; Toronto Lawyers’ Association Award of Distinction; Honorary LLD, Law Society of Upper Canada; Honorary LLD, University of Ottawa; Law Society Medal; OBA Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation; Meritas Tabaret Award, University of Ottawa; Inaugural Member, Common Law Honour Society, University of Ottawa; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (1991); Fellow International Society of Barristers. LLB (Gold Medalist), 1972, University of Ottawa. Ontario Bar, 1974.