TBLA Awards

Nominations for the TBLA Service Awards and the James L. Murray Memorial Award can be submitted via email to the Awards Committee  at least one month prior to the Annual General Meeting, which is usually held in March each year.

At the AGM in March 2019, Ross Murray, Q.C. was awarded Honourary Lifetime Membership.  In 2018, Honourary Lifetime Memberships Awards were granted to Ken Whent, Q.C.; Allan G. McKitrick, Q.C.; and Kris Knutsen, Q.C.  These members all reflect the ideal of devoted and meritorious service to the association, the profession and the public, as well as being long-standing members in the Law Society of Ontario.


TBLA Service Awards

The awards are for members, whether Lawyers, Justices or Crown Attorneys, and are meant to recognize service. There are two awards. The criteria are as follows:

Award 1 – Service to Community

“A member who has performed work over a number of years, above and beyond usual or normal expectations or standards, all for the benefit of the citizens of Thunder Bay.”

Award 2 – Service to Profession

“A member, who has performed work, over a number of years, above and beyond usual or normal expectations or standards, all for the benefit of the members of the Thunder Bay Law Association.”


Through the presentation of these awards the Directors of the Association, on behalf of all members of the Association, wish to recognize members who have made significant contributions.  At the recent AGM, the 2018 award for service to the community was presented to Lydia Stam for her volunteer service and the leadership involved in organizing  TBLA members’  participation in “feeding the hungry” at the Dew Drop Inn.  The 2018 award for service to the profession was presented jointly to Chris Hacio and Brian Babcock for their outstanding work to the association and in upholding the professional standards of the legal profession in Thunder Bay.  Unfortunately, Chris Hacio lost his battle with brain cancer in early 2019 and he was presented this award posthumously. Congratulations  to to all the deserving candidates for these awards!


James L.  Murray Memorial Award

This award was established in March 2018 in memory of Mr. Jim (James) Murray, who passed away suddenly in January 2018.  He was an outstanding advocate and member of the local bar.  2019 was the first year it was presented.  The criteria for this award is:

“Awarded to a member of the TBLA that displays the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, and civility in his/her practice as an advocate.”


In March of 2019 the first recipient of this award was Jack Jamieson, who was certainly well deserving of this award.  He is a lawyer who definitely displays all the highest qualities of professionalism, ethics, and civility in his practice of law.  Congratulations Jack!



TBLA Service Awards Past Recipients

James L. Murray Memorial Award Past Recipients