Harry Rankin, QC Pro Bono Award

Throughout the year, CBABC proudly honours excellence in BC’s legal profession. Annual awards celebrate individual and industry excellence, outstanding achievements and superior contributions to the association and the legal profession in British Columbia.

About the Award

In recognition of the immense contribution of Harry Rankin, QC in supporting access to justice for the poor, the CBABC resolved to establish an annual reward to recognize outstanding contributions by a member of CBABC in the area of pro bono work.


Any resident of BC (except a current member of the Executive of the CBABC) is eligible for the award.


This award is presented annually.


The award is presented by the CBABC President and the Awards & Recognition Committee at the June Provincial Council meeting.

Nomination Procedure

The Award is ajudicated by the Awards & Recognition Committee.

Selection Process

The award shall be granted at the discretion of the Awards & Recognition Committee. The recipient will be selected by the Awards & Recognition Committee at their sole discretion.


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Congratulations to the recipient of 
the 2018 Harry Rankin, QC Pro Bono Award:

Gregory J. Heywood of Roper Greyell

This award memorializes Harry Rankin, QC’s immense support of access to justice for the poor by recognizing pro bono commitments. Recipient Gregory J. Heywood (Roper Greyell) has more than three decades experience as a labour litigator and initiated a program within his firm to increase and promote pro bono work. The program fostered a culture shift among his colleagues – instilling in junior lawyers the importance of pro bono work while he mentored them through their own pro bono experiences. Mr. Heywood’s nominators point to his lasting impact by representing people who cannot afford it. His pro bono clients have shown gratitude through sending cards and letters, to keep in touch and share their continuing successes. Mr. Heywood is also an active volunteer with North Shore Rescue.

Previous Recipients

  • 2017 - Donna Turko
  • 2016 - Sheila Tucker
  • 2015 - Claire Hunter
  • 2014 - Jamie F. Maclaren
  • 2013 - Donald J. Sorochan, QC
  • 2012 - Bruce F. Fraser, QC
  • 2011 - John-Paul Boyd
  • 2010 - N/A
  • 2009 - N/A
  • 2008 - Angus Gunn
  • 2007 - Carman Overholt, QC
  • 2006 - Dugald Christie
  • 2005 - Darrell Roberts, QC
  • 2004 - Ronald F T MacIsaac

Additional Information 

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