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York Alumna with a Glendon BA Makes Canada’s Top 40 Under 40


The Top 40 Under 40 has become one of Canada’s most anticipated awards events for its heralding of young executives. Sponsored by the Canadian executive search firm Caldwell Partners, the awards were presented in Toronto on May 6. This year, three York alumni were among the recipients – all of them graduates of Osgoode Hall Law School and one of these, Terrie-Lynne Devonish (right) is also a graduate of Glendon (BA Political Science 1992).

“Law is something my parents thought I would be good at when I was younger because I was always the child who would challenge things, and question and argue everything,” York alumna Terrie-Lynne Devonish (BA ’92, LLB ’95), told The Globe and Mail. Devonish was appointed to the York University Board of Governors in 2005 and currently serves as a member of the Academic Resources and Governance & Human Resources Committees. She is also a member of the "50 to the Power of 50" alumni group supporting the University's York to the Power of 50 fundraising campaign, Devonish is chief counsel at Aon Canada, a global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human capital consulting services. She previously held positions as chief general counsel at Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc., general counsel at HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc. and associate at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in Toronto.

Devonish has a strong commitment to her community, as shown by her membership and involvement in the Black Business and Professional Association, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund. She is also a previous winner of the Harry Jerome Award, the proceeds of which helped fund her law studies at Osgoode.

Article from the May 7th edition of Y File

Published on May 7, 2008