Guthrie Award

The Law Foundation of Ontario's Guthrie Award recognizes outstanding individuals for their contributions to access to justice.
About

The Law Foundation of Ontario created the Guthrie Award in 1996 to honour H. Donald Guthrie who served as a Foundation trustee for 21 years, including 13 years as Chair. The Guthrie Award recognizes outstanding individuals for their contributions to access to justice.

A Guthrie Award recipient joins the legacy of the Guthrie Award and becomes a member of an esteemed group recognized for their achievements in improving access to justice. Past recipients have come from many directions – the judiciary, private bar, community legal clinics, and nonprofit organizations. They saw a chance to make a difference and took it.

Guthrie Award recipients have:

  • Built bridges between youth and the justice system
  • Advanced justice for Indigenous people
  • Strengthened the community clinic system to assist people with low-incomes
  • Launched the country’s first law-and-justice themed high school program
  • Helped to understand and address the consequences and causes of violence against women
  • Contributed to legal education in Ontario
  • Advocated for freedom of speech and expression
  • Modernized the running of law libraries
  • Provided hands-on poverty law experience to law students
Nomination process
Reception event
Guthrie Award Medal

Guthrie Award recipients

Pamela Cross receives 2019 Guthrie Award

September 11, 2019
Pamela Cross

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2019 Guthrie Award recipient is women’s rights advocate, Pamela Cross.

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Mary Birdsell receives 2018 Guthrie Award

October 1, 2018
Mary Birdsell

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2018 Guthrie Award recipient is children’s rights advocate, Mary Birdsell.

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Reem Bahdi receives 2017 Guthrie Award

August 1, 2017
Professor Reem Bahdi

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2017 Guthrie Award recipient is author, researcher, and human rights expert Professor Reem Bahdi.

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Julie Mathews receives 2015 Guthrie Award

November 2, 2015
Julie Mathews

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2015 Guthrie Award recipient is CLEO Executive Director Julie Mathews.

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Kimberly Murray receives 2014 Guthrie Award

September 17, 2014
Kimberly Murray

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2014 Guthrie Award recipient is lawyer, educator, and community leader Kimberly Murray.

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Justice Stephen Goudge receives 2013 Guthrie Award

May 13, 2013
Justice Stephen Goudge

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that its 2013 Guthrie Award will be presented to Justice Stephen Goudge of the Ontario Court of Appeal.

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Judith McCormack receives 2011 Guthrie Award

January 3, 2012
Judith McCormack

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2011 Guthrie Award recipient is legal education and legal aid champion, Judith McCormack.

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1997-2009 Guthrie Award recipients

January 1, 2009

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce the following Guthrie Award recipients: Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic; A. Alan Borovoy; Martin Teplitsky; The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry; Jim Baillie; Balfour Halévy; Parkdale Community Legal Services; Peter N. Oliver.

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