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Beth Symes, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario [Canada]

Member of the Order of Canada

Awarded on November 16, 2010; Invested on September 16, 2011

Beth Symes is dedicated to reinforcing and expanding equality and human rights in Canada. A lawyer and activist, she has been described as a trailblazer, both for women in the law and in representing those who feel they have little or no voice within the legal system. She is known for her generosity in taking on pro bono clients, and was pivotal in the founding and development of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund, which is dedicated to ensuring the rights of women and girls in Canada. She has also given of her time and expertise to help lead numerous other legal, health care and social justice organizations.