Bonnie Tough was a pioneering litigator and Law Society bencher who served as a role model to many young female lawyers. After clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada, Tough practised at Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP and then at Hodgson Tough. In 2005 she and Kathryn Podrebarac ‘92 founded Tough and Podrebarac LLP. Tough was an active member of the Osgoode community, serving on the Alumni Board and working as an Adjunct Professor teaching insurance law. She received a number of awards and honours including an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Law Society for her contribution to the profession; a Lexpert Magazine award as one of Canada’s top 25 women lawyers; the Ontario Bar Association’s Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation; and Osgoode’s Alumni Gold Key Award. Known to her friends and colleagues as compassionate, intelligent and full of energy, Tough was dedicated to her best friend and spouse Connie Reeve, whom she married in the midst of her illness after many happy years together.
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