Below are common questions and answers about the Canadian Lawyer InHouse Innovatio Awards including the nominations process.
How are the nominations judged?
Innovatio’s judging panel is comprised entirely of general counsel and chief legal officers. That means the in-house community is being judged by its peers, not legal services providers. The overall winner of “Innovation of the Year” is judged from the best of all winners in all categories.
Will I know if I am a winner before the event on Sept. 19?
Yes, we notify all winners well ahead of the awards gala to arrange photo and video shoots/do interviews for the content that will appear in the September issue of Canadian Lawyer InHouse magazine and on the website.
For every Innovatio winner, a video is produced that explains why they have won with details of the actual innovation and is presented at the event. Each winner also delivers a brief speech that provides further information and an opportunity to thank team members and external counsel.
How large is the awards gala event?
Innovatio winners and in-house guests comprise about 50 per cent of total attendees. All attendees are provided with name tags and the cocktail party and room setup encourages networking. Approximately 200 people attend Innovatio’s awards dinner.
Will nomination information be kept confidential?
All nomination information must be considered public information as it will be shared first with all judges and then, if chosen as a winner, the nomination serves as the basis for the story that will be written for the special Innovatio September issue of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
Can we enter more than one category?
Yes, we encourage legal departments to nominate themselves, and external law firms to nominate clients, in multiple categories.