Six Gowlings professionals have been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to their communities and to Canada: Todd Burke, Gary Graham, Frank Lamie, Peter Lukasiewicz, Patrick Shea and Jacques Shore.
The Diamond Jubilee Medal program was created to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the Throne and to honour significant contributions by Canadians in a variety of fields. The six medal recipients from Gowlings were recognized for a particularly diverse array of achievements, from volunteer service and leadership in the non-profit sector to military service and the advancement of human rights.
The following Gowlings professionals were recipients of the Diamond Jubilee Medal:
Todd J. Burke, an Ottawa partner and leader of the firm’s U.S. Initiative, received his medal for contributions to his community over a number of years, including fundraising for the Ottawa Mission and the Ottawa School Breakfast Program, and sitting on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and the Hospice at May Court.
Gary D. Graham, a Hamilton partner and member of the Business Law Group, was honoured for his many contributions toward building a more competitive manufacturing sector in Ontario and across Canada. He was nominated by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), an industry association with which he is actively involved.
Frank Lamie, a Toronto associate and member of the Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Group, was recognized for his military service and dedication to local charities. He deployed on operation in Afghanistan in 2011 and continues to serve as a Captain with the Canadian Army (Reserve). He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Toronto Children's Breakfast Club and as a member of the Resources Committee for the St. John Ambulance Ontario Council.
Peter Lukasiewicz, the managing partner of the firm’s Toronto office, was honoured for his involvement with Indspire, a national organization dedicated to supporting, innovating and transforming education for Indigenous students across Canada. He has served as a board member for Indspire and its predecessor organizations for over 25 years, and was also recognized for his service as chair of the Board of Governors of Ryerson University and as a board member and volunteer for a number of charitable and non-profit organizations.
E. Patrick Shea, a Toronto partner and member of the Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Group, was honoured for his support of the Air Cadet Gliding Program and the Canadian Forces. He was also recognized for his legal scholarship, work in connection with law reform and volunteer activities. He is the immediate past chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Insolvency Section and sits on the board of directors for the St. John Ambulance Ontario Council and ACCESS Community Capital Fund.
Jacques J.M. Shore, an Ottawa partner and member of the Advocacy Law Group, was nominated by three organizations: the City of Ottawa, the Canadian Coalition Against Terror (C-CAT) and Carleton University. He was recognized for both his professional and community contributions, including his work as chair of the board of Carleton University, his work with C-CAT on human rights and legal issues, and his contributions to the Air India inquiry.
This honour not only reflects the exceptional efforts of each of the medal recipients, but also the long-standing tradition of community service at Gowlings. In offices across Canada and around the world, Gowlings professionals regularly give back to their communities by volunteering their time and resources to a range of charitable causes. The firm is also home to a thriving pro bono program, with Gowlings professionals dedicating nearly 7,500 hours of pro bono legal assistance last year to people and organizations in need.