Shirley E. Greenberg Receives Friend of the WLMP Award

WLMP/PMDFThe Women’s Legal Mentorship Program (“WLMP”) marked the completion of its 5-year pilot project by recognizing trailer blazers and emerging legal leaders at the annual WLMP Legal Leaders Breakfast hosted by the WLMP’s uOttawa Chapter.

Shirley E. Greenberg is the first recipient of the Friend of the WLMP Award. This award recognizes a WLMP legal mentor, ally organization or supporter for their dedication to women’s legal mentorship and work to increase the retention of women in the law.

Shirley E. Greenberg is a trailblazer. Her legacy of both advocating for and supporting women’s organizations across Ontario has improved the lives of countless women.  She is a strong feminist advocate, who recognized early on the need for programming that directly addresses the issue of women and their legal careers.  As a result, she championed women’s issues and supported programming aimed at increasing the role of women in the law.” says Charlotte Wolters, Founder of the WLMP.

In addition to the Friend of the WLMP Award, Alexandra (Sasha) Toten was awarded the WLMP’s Emerging Legal Leader Award. The WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award is bestowed on a WLMP Alumna for her ongoing dedication to upholding WLMP mentorship principles and her dedication to the retention of women in the law.

Since graduating from law school and the WLMP Program, Ms. Toten continues to mentor women in the first years of their law careers.  She is also a registered WLMP Legal mentor as well as volunteering on the Executive of the Young Women in Law (YWL), in addition to practicing law at Minden Gross LLP in Toronto.

“It’s wonderful to see what started as thought experiment really take off.  With the completion of the WLMP’s 5-year pilot project, the WLMP Board is hoping to expand. Given the access to justice issues, it’s more important than ever to ensure that women continue their legal careers. Addressing this issue needs to start at the law school level. WLMP Alumna like Ms. Toten are an example of how the WLMP’s unique programming offered in law schools can help female law students take on mentorship and leadership roles beyond the classroom and into practice.” says Ms. Wolters.

The WLMP also announced the creation of its Founder’s Award, which will be bestowed in 2017 and also the WLMP Peer Mentor award, which will be awarded to a WLMP student mentor next year.

The WLMP — the first of its kind in Canada —  is a national not-for-profit that aims to shift the culture of the legal profession and increase the retention of women in the law by helping female law students and WLMP Alumna develop their mentorship and leadership skills and establish networks that grow with them throughout their legal careers from the classroom to the courtroom and beyond.

In 2011, the WLMP piloted its first university Chapter at the University of Ottawa. Currently, the WLMP is working to partner and expand its program to other Canadian law schools.


Nominate Now: Emerging Legal Leader Award Applications due August 25th

Were you registered as a WLMP Participant and graduated from law school between 2011 and 2016? Do you know something who fits this bill? If the answer is yes, then you or your friend may be eligible for the WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award!

The WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award recognizes an WLMP Alumna member for her ongoing WLMP mentorship and her dedication to the retention of women in the law.

To be eligible for the WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award, the Award nominee:

  • must be registered as a WLMP Alumna;
  • have graduated law school and is either in her articling year, or in her first 5 years of legal practice, and/or first 5 years of her non-law career;
  • must not have served on the WLMP National Board; and,
  • was not removed from any WLMP Program for misconduct.

 To apply for the WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award, the award nominee package should include:

  • the completed and signed WLMP PMDF Alumna Awards Form-2016;
  • a letter of nomination stating the reasons for nomination and background information of the WLMP Alumna nominee’s achievements since graduating from law school and her WLMP University Chapter;
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae/resume; and,
  • Letters of support for the nomination (up to a maximum of 3).
    • If possible, 1 of the letters in support of the Award nominee’s application should be from their WLMP mentee. While this is not necessary, it is helpful.
    • Additional letters may be from members of the legal community, who are in good standing with their Law Societies or Associations, or a direct supervisor within their non-law career.

All completed nomination packages should be submitted by August 25, 2016 and must be submitted by email to:

The award will be presented on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the WLMP Legal Leaders Breakfast hosted by the WLMP uOttawa Chapter. The Award nominee should be prepared to attend the WLMP Legal Leaders Breakfast to receive their award or arrange for someone to accept the award on her behalf.

Still Confused About Mansplaining?

Mansplaining is more than a buzzword. The word is descriptive and explains itself. The primary purpose behind mansplaining is to silence a person.

Maybe you’re doubting the reality or frequency of mansplaining, or you’re wondering if there’s any science to back up this phenomena. If so, then check out this video produced by Upworthy showing not only some of the various mansplaining techniques, but also the frequency in which women are silenced from classroom spaces, to office spaces, to traditional media and social media and onwards.

Next time you receive some mansplaining, you may want to consider explaining to them how disrespectful it is to all people.

WLMP uOttawa Chapter End of Year Mentor Thank You Evening/PMDF uOttawa chapitre de fin d’année Mentor Merci Soirée

Please join us on Thursday,March 10, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the WLMP End of Year Thank You Event at Laurier Social House (244 Laurier Ave East).

This is a great opportunity for many of our students to mingle with our legal mentors in the Ottawa region. Appetizers are on us!

***Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 8, 2016*** email us at:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Soyez des nôtres le jeudi 10 mars 2016 de 18 h à 20 h pour notre évènement de fin d’année au Laurier Social House (244 avenue Laurier Est).

Ceci sera une occasion fantastique pour nos étudiantes de rencontrer nos mentores-juristes dans la région d’Ottawa. Des hors-d’oeuvre seront servis! 

***Veuillez confirmer votre présence avant le mardi 8 mars 2016*** écrivez-nous à:

Nous espérons vous y voir!

Want the chance to have a complimentary lunch with Anne Giardini, prior to her Thomas Feeney Annual Memorial Lecture, on January 12th? It’s easy!

1. If you have Facebook, like WLMP uOttawa’s Facebook page here:
2. If you have twitter, follow WLMP’s uOttawa’s twitter account here:
3. Send an email to to enter the draw for 5 lucky students to have a private audience with Anne Giardini!

Anne Giardini was listed as one of Canada’s most powerful women in 2014 for her time spent working as a forestry executive, lawyer and writer. She was also the President of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited from 2008 to 2014 after serving as Weyerhaeuser’s General Counsel, and is now a member of the board of WWF-Canada.

The draw will be held on January 10th. The lunch will be from 12 to 1:30 in BRS 413.


Vous voulez la chance de gagner un déjeuner gratuit avec Anne Giardini, avant la conference annuel du Thomas Feeney Memorial, le 12 janvier? C’est facile!

1. Si vous avez Facebook, « aimer » la page du PMDF de l’Université d’Ottawa sur Facebook ici:
2. Si vous avez Twitter, suivez le compte du PMDF de l’Université d’Ottawa sur Twitter ici:
3. Envoyer un courriel à pour vous inscrire au tirage pour 5 étudiantes chanceuses qui auront la chance d’avoir une audience privé avec Anne Giardini!

Anne Giardini a été répertoriée comme l’une des femmes les plus influentes au Canada en 2014 pour son temps passé à travailler dans le domaine de la foresterie comme cadre, avocate et écrivaine. Elle a également été la présidente de Weyerhaeuser Company Limited de 2008-2014 après avoir servi comme avocate générale de Weyerhaeuser, et elle est maintenant une membre du conseil d’administration du WWF- Canada.

Le tirage aura lieu le 10 janvier. Le déjeuner aura lieu le 12 janvier de 12 h à 13 h 30 au BRS 413.