OCAA Awards

Congratulations to Mabel Lai  the 2020 recipient of the Lucas-Porter award.

Award Descriptions and Historical List of Winners

The Frank M. Hoffman, Lucas-Porter, Leo McGuigan and Rupert Ross Awards are the premier awards for members of the OCAA and are intended to recognize the hard work and dedication that our members exhibit each and every year.

See below for historical information and listings of past recipients:


The Frank M. Hoffman Award is named in honour of the late Frank M. Hoffman, an Assistant Crown Attorney for many years in downtown Toronto. In his personal and professional life Frank demonstrated the qualities that would become the criteria for selection to the award. He was a mentor to the many young Assistant Crown Attorneys who started in the Toronto Crown Attorneys’ office throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Frank had a comprehensive knowledge of and love of the law, and its application, and a keen appreciation of the role of  the Crown Attorney. Frank, in his years in the Crown Attorney system made an invaluable contribution which is now recognized by the awarding, in his memory, of the Frank M. Hoffman Memorial Award.

The award is given “to the person(s) who has exhibited extraordinary dedication, diligence and enthusiasm while being a member of the OCAA”. The guidelines for this award are as follows:

1. Member in good standing of the OCAA;
2. Prosecutorial abilities;
3. Espousing the OCAA’s aims and objectives as set out in the OCAA
4. Contributions to education;
5. Leadership abilities;
6. Community involvement;
7. Any other factor which would exhibit extraordinary “dedication, diligence
and enthusiasm”.

  • 2022 Julie Battersby
  • 2021 Alexander Cornelius
  • 2019 Holly Nickel
  • 2018 Jill Cameron
  • 2017 Mary Humphrey
  • 2015 Alexander Smith
  • 2014 Fraser Kelly
  • 2013 Laura Bird
  • 2012 Kevin Gowdey
  • 2011 David Russell
  • 2010 Brian McGuire
  • 2008 William Johnson
  • 2007 Greg O’Driscoll
  • 2006 Marc Huneault
  • 2005 Tony Loparco
  • 2004 David Fisher
  • 2003 Lorne McConnery
  • 2002 Robert Clark
  • 2001 Sarah Welch
  • 2001 Paul Vesa
  • 2000 Dorothee Retterath
  • 1999 Steve Sherriff
  • 1998 James Stewart
  • 1997 Christine McGoey
  • 1996 Robert Morris
  • 1995 Brendan Evans
  • 1994 Chris Meinhardt
  • 1994 Jerome Wiley
  • 1993 Casey Hill
  • 1992 James Trelevean
  • 1992 Larry Owen
  • 1991 John Scott
  • 1990 Paul Culver
  • 1990 Ted Burton
  • 1989 Frank Armstrong
  • 1989 Leo McGuigan


The  Lucas-Porter Award is named in honour of Doug Lucas and Shawn Porter to recognize their dedication to forensic science. Doug Lucas retired as Director of the Centre of Forensic Sciences on May 31,1994, after more than twenty-five years of distinguished service as Director. During that period he served as President of the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences as well as President and Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He also served as Chairman of the Ethics Committee, Last Word Society, the Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc., the Forensic Science Society of Great Britain and President of the International Association of Forensic Sciences and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. His many awards include being the first recipient of the Adelaide Medal and first recipient of the Douglas M. Lucas Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.

Shawn Porter spent more than a quarter century presenting and managing trial issues involving forensic science.  His innate ability to translate complex scientific concepts into simple language that anyone could understand was unparalleled.  Throughout his career Shawn educated legions of justice participants on scientific concepts.  Shawn worked on numerous high profile cases and made extensive contributions to complex issues relating to forensic pathology and the work of the Centre of Forensic Sciences.  He was involved in the implementation of the DNA Identification Act and was a central figure in the on-going sucess of the DNA databank.

In recognition of both these gentlemen’s outstanding service, the Board of Directors of the Ontario Crown Attorneys’ Association in 1994, instituted the Douglas M. Lucas Award. The award was first presented to Andre Huneault and Greg Rodgers of Sudbury in 1995, and is given “for excellence in the pursuit of justice through science”, recognizing a forensic aspect, such as DNA evidence, or other applications of science to assist in the presentation of evidence and consideration of issues in a trial.   In 2019, after Shawn Porter’s sudden and tragic passing, the Board re-named the award to recognize the contributions of both Doug Lucas and Shawn Porter, its last recipient.

  • 2020 Mabel Lai
  • 2018 Shawn Porter
  • 2012 James Palangio
  • 2012 Philip Perlmutter
  • 2009 Karen Shea
  • 2006 Michal Fairburn
  • 2005 Brian McGuire
  • 2003 Lisa Jacek
  • 2002 Robert Morris
  • 2001 Joseph Nadel
  • 2000 Sandra Kingston
  • 1999 Rod Guthrie
  • 1998 Karen McCleave
  • 1998 Greg O’Driscoll
  • 1998 Bryan Davies
  • 1997 Ruth Neilson
  • 1997 Margaret Creal
  • 1996 Hank Goody
  • 1995 Andre Huneault
  • 1995 Greg Rodgers


The Rupert Ross Award for Social Justice is named after Rupert Ross who has worked tirelessly as an Assistant Crown Attorney for the cause of social justice for aboriginals. After eleven years as a fishing guide in Northern Ontario, Rupert attended law school at the University of Toronto, and was called to the bar in 1982. Rupert’s first few years in private practice in Kenora included frequent trips to northern fly-in native communities as defense counsel. These trips exposed him to the unique issues and problems inherent to the criminal justice system in northern aboriginal communities. He has since made these issues his life’s work, having lectured extensively across Canada and abroad on restorative justice and cross-cultural communication. From 1992-1995, Rupert took a special leave of absence to work with the Federal Aboriginal Justice Directorate, studying aboriginal approaches to crime, justice and healing across Canada.

Rupert has published two books, both of which are widely used at Canadian universities as course materials. Dancing With a Ghost: Exploring Indian Reality (1992) is an examination of some of the cultural differences and perceptions that colour relations between Canada’s aboriginal and non-aboriginal societies. Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice (1995) expands on that theme, specifically with reference to crime, punishment and restorative justice in Canadian aboriginal societies. His current focus is on victim dissatisfaction with criminal justice processes, and the degree to which certain restorative justice practices might offer scope for improvement.

The award is intended to go to the OCAA member who has, either through course of employment and/or through extra-employment activities, shown excellence in, and commitment to, the enhancement of social justice.

Criteria to be considered include: Contributing/commitment to a society which treats individuals and groups fairly and equitably regardless of gender, race, religion, age, class, ethnic and or national origin, sexual orientation, disability, wealth or health and seeks to recognize, enhance and uphold the rights and dignities of those individuals and groups.

The contribution may be a ‘lifetime achievement’ award or a specific distinguished program or project.


– mental health (e.g. creation of a diversion program)
– victim’s rights (e.g. development of third party records policy/case law)
– substance abuse (e.g. creation/participation in drug courts)
– aboriginal justice
– charitable work (e.g. LSUC’s Lawyers Feed the Hungry program, United Way campaigns)
– disabled rights (e.g. David Lepofsky’s work)

  • 2022 Maria Stevens
  • 2021 Fred Bartley
  • 2019 Miriam Henry
  • 2017 Brock Jones
  • 2016 Roger Shallow
  • 2014 Kathryn Hull
  • 2014 Kevin Sisk
  • 2014 Sarah Tarcza
  • 2012 Lynette Fritzley
  • 2011 Trevor Jukes
  • 2008 David Lepofsky


The Leo McGuigan Award is named in honour of the late Leo McGuigan. Called to the Bar in 1960, Leo began work in the Brampton Crown’s office in 1970, where he worked tirelessly for 30 years first as an assistant Crown attorney and later as the Crown Attorney. He enjoyed a distinguished career as a litigator, with an excellent reputation for honesty and integrity. Leo was a role model for Crown attorneys in Ontario, known universally for his passion to the education and mentorship of younger assistant Crown attorneys.

The award is given to the person who, over the course of a distinguished career, made extraordinary contributions to the education of Crown prosecutors.

  • 2022 Robin Flumerfelt
  • 2021 Louise Tansey
  • 2018 Meaghan Cunningham
  • 2017 James Palangio
  • 2017 Philip Perlmutter
  • 2014 Mary Lou Armour
  • 2013 Valerie Schmidt
  • 2012 Curt Flanagan
  • 2011 John Scott