Kathryn is an Associate Lawyer at MacDonald & Associates, an employment law firm specializing in Canadian employment law for both employers and employees. She is also the firm’s Media Director, and regularly provides commentary in the media. She appears frequently on Toronto NewsTalk 1010, Global News Radio 640 and writes a regular column in the National Post about justice issues.
Kathryn is a dedicated, experienced and compassionate lawyer with a passion for advocacy. She is committed to resolution where possible, but also not afraid of the courtroom. She has successfully represented clients at trials and is a fervent advocate in every stage of litigation. Kathryn also has experience representing clients before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal 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.
Kathryn is an avid writer and her articles have been published by Canadian Lawyer, Law Times, Precedent Magazine, Reuters, National Post, 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, Global and TVO and is a regular on Toronto NewsTalk 1010 and Global News Radio 640.
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.
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. 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 family, writing, dabbling in politics and travelling.
Media, Articles and Speaking:
-Article: “Reform Maternity Leave to Meet the Needs of Modern Women“, May 2020 National Post
–Media: “New App Helps Keep Workplaces Safe” – CBC, May 2020
-Article: “Federal Government Help for Small Businesses Crippled by COVID-19 May be Too Little Too Late“, April 2020 National Post
-Article: “Maybe COVID-19 is What It Will Take to Modernize Canada’s Antiquated Courts“, April, 2020 National Post
-Article: “Canada’s Tribunals Wield Immense Power. Not Always For the Good“, February, 2020, National Post
-Article: “Pregnancy Discrimination at Work, Your Rights and the Law“, January, 2020
-Webinar with HR Insider: “Millennials Welcome Generation Z Into the Workforce“, March 20, 2019
-Media: Global News: “Equal Pay Day: Not Making as Much as Your Male Co-Worker? Here is What You Can Do“, April 9, 2019
-Publication: “What Employers Can Do to Support Victims of Domestic Violence“, January, 2019
-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: Quoted in Chatelaine Magazine , May 2018
-Publication: Business Development Tips for Lawyers – May, 2018 – Precedent Magazine
-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 –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