Davis LLP is proud to congratulate Barry Penner, Q.C. and Robert Banno for receiving Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Award medals.
Robert, a partner in the firm’s Vancouver office, was awarded the commemorative medal on February 3. He was recognized for his many contributions over 20 years to build and strategically plan Nikkei Place, a venue that promotes a better understanding and appreciation of Japanese-Canadian culture and heritage. The medal presentation ceremony was held at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby.
Robert continues to be involved in the Japanese-Canadian community and is currently the President of the Nikkei Place Foundation which governs Nikkei Place. Robert is also the Founding President and a Director of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.
Barry Penner, Q.C., senior counsel in the firm’s Vancouver office, was awarded the medal for his service to British Columbians as an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for almost 16 years. The medal was presented at a ceremony on January 23 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.
Barry was the Minister of Environment from 2005 to 2010, earning him the title of the longest-serving environment minister in the history of B.C. He also served as Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and, more recently, served as the Attorney General of the province, where he provided legal advice to the government.
The Diamond Jubilee Award is a significant award established to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the Throne. It serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians in our society. Only 60,000 medals were given to Canadians across the country. Robert and Barry are two out of five medal recipients from Davis LLP; the other three are Tim Duholke, FCA, Howard Kellough, Q.C. and Francisco Quimpo.