Gowling WLG congratulates client Ben Westelman of eBay Classifieds Group Canada/Kijiji on 2019 Innovatio Award

27 September 2019

Gowling WLG is pleased to congratulate Ben Westelman, Director & Head of Legal of eBay Classifieds Group Canada/Kijiji, who last night received the Law Department Leadership Award at the 2019 Canadian Lawyer InHouse Innovatio Awards.

Now in its sixth year, the Innovatio Awards recognize and celebrate Canadian in-house counsel who have demonstrated leadership by becoming more efficient, innovative and creative in meeting the needs of their organizations.

In his role, Westelman skillfully leverages technology and innovation to ensure that sophisticated legal advice permeates every aspect of his company's business - setting a bold new precedent for law departments everywhere. Most recently, Westelman and his team established a self-service commercial contracts tool, enabling various departments to quickly generate a range of legal documents with minimal or no legal review - significantly driving efficiency across the overall business.

Henry Harris, Gowling WLG partner and the firm's client team leader for eBay, attended the ceremony and presented the award to Westelman.

"Since moving into the role of in-house counsel, Ben has proven himself to be a visionary leader and innovator, capable of taking bold steps to expand his team's role in eBay Classifieds Group Canada/Kijiji's success," said Harris. "On behalf of Gowling WLG, I am delighted to applaud Ben on this well-deserved achievement."

Gowling WLG is a proud supporter of the Innovatio Awards. For a complete list of this year's winners, click here.