Heather practices in the areas of business law and charity and not-for-profit law. She provides corporate and commercial services to businesses, and acts as a general corporate counsel to charities and not-for-profits operating in Canada and internationally. She can assist with questions of governance, by-laws, regulatory compliance, contracts, and real estate matters. In both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, Heather has experience with incorporations, continuances, registrations, government filings, asset purchase transactions, and dissolutions.
Heather brings to her practice several years of experience at a Toronto solicitor-side general practice. She began her legal career as a law clerk at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa, and subsequently taught law in The Gambia, West Africa.
Heather holds a BA (Hons) from the University of King’s College, Halifax, an MA in international relations from the Munk Centre, University of Toronto, and a JD/LLB from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. During law school Heather participated in the not-for-profit corporate law program with Pro Bono Students Canada, and was an associate editor of the Journal for International Law and International Relations. She also received the A. Alan Borovoy Prize in Civil Liberties.
Heather has been volunteering for more than 10 years within the charitable and not-for-profit community in Toronto, and currently sits on several boards.
Recent presentations & publications:
“Roles and Responsibilities of Directors and Officers”, NFP Board Development Workshop Series, May 2016
“Corporate Record Keeping for Small Businesses”, Toronto Reference Library, Small Business Seminar Program, April 2016
“Federal or Provincial Incorporation?”, OBA Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Section Newsletter, November 2015.
“Non-profit basics”, Career Skills Incubator, CSI Spadina, November 2015
“Transitioning to the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act”, CSI Annex, May 2014
JD/MA from the University of Toronto (2009)
BA (Hons) from the University of King's College (2006)
The Law Society of Ontario
Executive Member, Ontario Bar Association, Charity and Not-For-Profit Law Section
Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs
Canadian International Council
Connect the Sector - Ontario Nonprofit Network
Canadian Centre for International Justice