Emerging Leaders
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Stephanie Willsey, B.A., J.D.

Associate, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

In collaboration with legal teams from McCarthy Tetrault and Olthuis Kleer Townshend, Stephanie championed the cause of First Nations communities and individuals with relentless efforts that culminated in a ground-breaking national class action against the federal government regarding the failure to address prolonged drinking-water advisories on First Nations reserves. The action resulted in a historic $8 billion settlement that will deliver approximately $1.2 billion to impacted individuals, $50 million for individuals who suffered related injuries, and $6 billion to support construction, upgrading, operation, and maintenance of water infrastructure on reserves, and a renewed commitment to resolve the water crisis.