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  • Carol Hansell Awarded Hennick Medal for Career Achievement

    York University’s Hennick Centre for Business and Law honours accomplished leader

  • TORONTO, February 9, 2017 – Hansell LLP and Hansell McLaughlin Advisory founder and Senior Partner Carol Hansell was awarded the Hennick Medal for Career Achievement yesterday evening by York University's Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law at a reception attended by over two hundred members of Toronto's business and legal community.  

    “It is a uniquely touching honour to be recognized by my alma mater with an award specifically recognizing career achievement,” said Hansell. “The education I received from Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business enabled me to make the contribution I made to the legal and business community. This medal is an acknowledgement of that contribution, but it is also an affirmation of York's academic excellence.”

    On accepting the award, Hansell paid special tribute to her long time friend and mentor, the late Dr. James Gillies. Dr. Gillies was the Founding Dean and Professor Emeritus at the Schulich School of business and one of true pioneers in governance education in Canada and internationally. 

    “Carol Hansell is a role model for our students,” said Edward J. Waitzer, Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business, and Director of the Hennick Centre. “She is a pioneer in governance education and thought leadership, grounded in practical experience. In a career spanning more than 25 years, she has done so much – from leading transactions to advising boards, management teams, institutional shareholders and regulators in connection with legal and governance challenges, to shaping public policy. She has also given back to the community, as a board member, mentor and force of nature.”

    The Hennick Medal is awarded annually to a distinguished business and law graduate who has earned international recognition in the business and legal communities.  Last year's recipient was Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A. 

    About Carol Hansell

    Carol Hansell is the founder of Hansell LLP and Hansell McLaughlin LLP. Over her more than 25 years in practice, she has led major transactions for public and private corporations and for government. She is the Chair of Ontario’s Business Law Advisory Council, and served as the only non-American Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association (Business Law Section) and continues to serve as Special Canadian Advisor to the Corporate Laws Committee of the ABA. She is the author of a four-volume loose-leaf, Directors and Officers in Canada: Law and Practice, that deals with the legal framework of corporate governance in Canada, and What Directors Need to Know: Corporate Governance.

    She was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in 2013 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Investor Relations from IR Magazine Awards - Canada in 2015. She is a Founding Trustee and Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. 

    About Hansell LLP & Hansell McLaughlin Advisory

    Hansell LLP provides expert, independent legal and governance counsel to businesses, their directors, shareholders and other stakeholders. From navigating critical situations to designing effective governance strategies, Hansell LLP has experience in all aspects of corporate governance that are important to our clients.

    Hansell McLaughlin Advisory helps clients assess risk, navigate the regulatory environment, identify governance solutions and manage impact on reputation. The first-of-its-kind firm is affiliated with Hansell LLP. Together, they deliver integrated legal, governance, government relations and communications advice.

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