Rosalie Silberman Abella
In 1984 Justice Rosalie Abella made a mark that resonates today when she was appointed as the Commissioner of the Royal Commission of Equality in Employment. She literally invented the term employment equity and changed the country’s understanding of equality for women, people with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and visible minorities for generations. Some regard that work as her most lasting but she is recognized in other ways around the world.
Thomas Rodney Berger
As a Judge and a Royal Commissioner, Tom Berger provided a larger landscape for understanding how recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples has indelibly Ied to a Canadian vision of a Just Society. Tom was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia at the age of 38 in 1972 – the youngest judge appointed in a century