Kathryn is an Associate Lawyer at MacDonald & Associates, an employment law firm specializing in Canadian employment law for both employers and employees. She also the firm’s Media Director.
Kathryn is an experienced, versatile lawyer with a passion for advocacy. She has successfully represented clients at trials and is a dedicated, fervent advocate in every stage of litigation. Kathryn also has experience representing clients at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and before various other tribunals. Kathryn regularly appears in the Ontario Superior Court and has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Ontario Divisional Court. In addition, Kathryn is an effective, strong negotiator and has extensive mediation experience.
Kathryn’s passion for advocacy extends outside of the courtroom. She has worked to advance the rights of women and combat sexual harassment, domestic abuse and gender discrimination for over a decade. Kathryn has provided testimony on several occasions before a House of Commons Parliamentary Committee with respect to enhancing legislation that protects women and girls from exploitation and violence.
Kathryn founded a national campaign that promoted the creation of sexual harassment and assault policies on university and college campuses across Canada.
She has spoken extensively to student leaders and elected officials about the importance of effective, stand-alone sexual violence and harassment policies and the need for education and awareness about consent.
Kathryn is an avid writer and runs a legal blog which was a winner of a Canadian Law Blogs Awards. Kathryn’s articles have been published by Canadian Lawyer, Law Times, Precedent Magazine, Reuters TrustLaw, Mondaq, Huffington Post, 24 Hours Vancouver and the Toronto Star. She has been quoted in national publications such as the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine and the National Post. She has also appeared as a media commentator on various public affairs programs on CTV, CBC and TVO.
Prior to joining MacDonald & Associates, Kathryn worked as a litigator with top-rated litigation firms in Toronto and Vancouver. She was called to the British Columbia bar in 2013 and was called to the Ontario bar in 2015.
Kathryn obtained an Honors B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and a J.D. from the University of Calgary. While in law school, she served as an editor of the law school newspaper. Before commencing her legal career, Kathryn worked for a leading public policy think tank, wrote a weekly column on civic affairs and spearheaded a national NGO.
In 2012, Kathryn was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which recognizes contributions and achievements by Canadians to their communities.
In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, writing and travelling.
Recent Publications, Speaking Engagements and Media:
-Publication: “What Employers Can Do to Support Victims of Domestic Violence“, January, 2019
-Media: “Employment Law Gives Marshall an Outlet for Advocacy“, September, 2018
-Media: Global news radio 640 interview to discuss the Bill Cosby verdict, September, 2018
-Media: Global news radio 640 interview to discuss how the criminal case centred around Jian Ghomeshi set the stage for the Me Too Movement, September, 2018
-Media: CBC News Radio interview to discuss recent developments in the law around sexual assault, August, 2018
-Publication: Domestic Abuse Impacts the Workplace Too, July 2018
-Media: Global News Radio 640: Trudeau Response to Groping Allegations Sets #MeToo Movement Back, July, 2018
-Publication: Should the Human Rights Tribunals Operate More like the Courts?– Mondaq, July, 2018
-Media: CityNews – TV Panel appearance, June 2018
-Media: Quoted in Chatelaine Magazine , May 2018
-Publication: Business Development Tips for Lawyers – May, 2018 – Precedent Magazine
-Media: NewsTalk 1010 – Radio appearance discussing the Government’s response to sexual misconduct allegations against MP’s, April 2018
-Publication Government Response to Sexual Misconduct Claims Misses the #MeToo Mark – Huffington Post, April 2018
-Publication Domestic and Sexual Violence Leave – What Employers and Employees Need to Know – Mondaq, March, 2018
-Publication The “MeToo” Movement and Law –Precedent Magazine – February, 2018
-Publication -Co-Author of Policy ‘White Paper’ on Sexual Assault and Harassment law and policy in Canada – February, 2018
-Publication –Women Need to be Bold and Assertive to Succeed in Law – Precedent Magazine -Fall, 2017
-Speaker/Presenter – The Importance of Effective Sexual Harassment Policies on Campuses – The Canadian Alliance of Student Association’s AGM – June 2016
-Publication – Taking a Stand Against Campus Sexual Assault – The Huffington Post – April, 2016
-Publication – We Must Take a Strong Stance Against All Forms of Sexual Harassment – The Huffington Post – May, 2015
-Publication – What is our Government Doing to Advance Women’s Rights? – The Huffington Post, March 2015