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 2018, Honourary Lifetime Memberships Awards were granted to Ken Whent, Q.C.; Allan G. McKitrick, Q.C.; and Kris Knutsen, Q.C.  These members 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 2017 award for service to the community was presented to Rosa Carlino for her volunteer service to many organizations including the Camp Quality, Chamber of Commerce, Lakehead’s Institute of Italian Studies and Shift.  She was also the recipient of NOVA award in January of 2018 for leadership.  The 2017 award for service to the profession was presented to Ken Ritson for his work in ensuring the professional standards of the legal profession are adhered to in Thunder Bay.  Congratulations  to Rosa and Ken, who are both 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 will be the first year it will be 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.”