Clients turn to Heather for sound guidance and advice, including a focus on risk management, and assistance in all manner of matters and issues specific to financial transactions concerning municipalities, school boards and financial institutions.

Heather works together with our multi-disciplinary team with expertise in municipal matters, banking, finance, planning & land use, procurement, corporate, education, and information technology to ensure that her clients have access to all of the services required to make a project successful.

Heather is actively engaged in the legal profession and matters that benefit the larger community. She has spoken at numerous programs, seminars and conferences on public sector financing issues, and is a member of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs' Debt Issuance and Investment Policy Committee.

Heather Douglas is a partner at WeirFoulds with extensive experience dealing with  complex  and sophisticated financial transactions involving municipalities (in Ontario and other provinces), provincial and territorial government bodies, Crown corporations and school boards.

Clients turn to Heather for sound guidance and advice, including a focus on risk management, and assistance in all manner of matters and issues specific to financial transactions concerning municipalities, school boards and financial institutions.

Heather works together with our multi-disciplinary team with expertise in municipal matters, banking, finance, planning & land use, procurement, corporate, education, and information technology to ensure that her clients have access to all of the services required to make a project successful.

Heather is actively engaged in the legal profession and matters that benefit the larger community. She has spoken at numerous programs, seminars and conferences on public sector financing issues, and is a member of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs' Debt Issuance and Investment Policy Committee.

SIGNIFICANT CASES

Representing 69 Ontario school boards in connection with the long-term financing of various capital project programs through the Ontario Financing Authority coordinated by the Ministry of Education.

Representing municipalities in respect of the promulgation of new legislation relating to their financing powers.

Representing financial institutions in respect of ongoing legal issues relating to debt issuances by a variety of public sector entities.

Advising and assisting Ontario public sector entities in connection with their general powers relating to a broad spectrum of financial matters.

Represented the underwriters in connection with several tranches of pooled debt issued by a non-share capital not-for-profit special purpose corporation in connection with the capital requirements of Ontario district school boards.

Advised and assisted with the establishment of a pooled investment program for Ontario municipalities.

Advised and assisted several financial institutions and government agencies with the establishment of lending programs to Ontario municipalities through the issuance of debentures.

Represented more than 50 Ontario school boards in connection with the refinancing of the boards' non-permanently financed debt through a special purpose vehicle.

Represented The Hospital for Sick Children in connection with the offering of its debentures for the purposes of financing the Research Tower and for general purposes.

Represented the City of Ottawa in connection with the establishment of a light rail transit system through a design/build/finance/maintain arrangement.

Represented The Regional Municipality of Durham in connection with the construction of an energy-from-waste facility through a design/build/operate/ maintain arrangement.

Publications

"Procuring Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships Report 2018 - The World Bank ", April 2018 (with Bradley McLellan, Daniel Ferguson, and Linda Malicki)

"Powers of Outgoing Municipal Councils in an Election Year – Reminder ", WeirFoulds LLP, March 2018 (with Yulya Margolin)

"New Investment Powers: Prudent Investor Standard and Legal List Amendments", WeirFoulds LLP, March 2018 (with Susan Han)

"Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017", WeirFoulds LLP, February 2018

"Prudent Investor Legislative Provisions Update - Fifth", WeirFoulds LLP, February 2018 (with Susan Han)

"Ontario Regulation 588/17: Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure", January 2018 (with Yulya Margolin)

"Prudent Investor Legislative Provisions Update - Fourth", WeirFoulds LLP, December 2017

"Prudent Investor Legislative Provisions Update - Third", WeirFoulds LLP, October 2017 (with Yulya Margolin)

"Prudent Investor Legislative Provisions Update - Second", WeirFoulds LLP, September 2017 (with Yulya Margolin)

"Prudent Investor Legislative Provisions Update", WeirFoulds LLP , September 2017 (with Yulya Margolin)

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Prudent Investor Standard Update", RBC Capital Markets Canadian Municipal Symposium, Toronto, ON, April 9, 2018

Speaker, "Refresher on Lender Protective Provisions and Update on Prudent Investor", Canadian Municipal Symposium, Toronto, ON, October 24, 2017

Speaker, "Delivery of Municipal Infrastructure and Other Public Projects Using a P3 Model", IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference, Niagara Fall, ON, October 2017

Panelist, "Financing or Funding the Project", WeirFoulds Municipal Infrastructure Forum, Etobicoke, ON, September, 2017 

Speaker, "Case Study: Optimizing public and private sector project finance in Canada," presentation to representatives of various European Union procuring authorities (Brussels, Belgium), November, 2013

Speaker, "Finance Issues and Considerations Relating to Recent Amendments in Respect of Local Improvement Charges Legislation," Municipal Finance Officers' Association of Ontario, Webinar, October, 2013

Conference Chair, 6th Annual Ontario Innovation in Infrastructure Finance Forum, September, 2013

Speaker, Project Finance Federal Canada Innovation in Infrastructure Finance Forum, October 2012.

Speaker, "Financing Options in respect of Grants," Presentation to representatives of municipal finance and legal staff, October 2012.

Speaker, "Pooled Funding Structures," Green Education Council, January 2012.

Speaker, "Ontario Municipal Finance Issues," Presentation to Auckland, New Zealand treasury staff, September 2011.

Participant, The Conference Board of Canada Report in respect of "Dispelling the Myths — A Pan-Canadian Assessment of Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Investments," January 2010.

Speaker, BNS Loan Documentation Course, January 2011.

Presenter, Ontario School Board symposiums, 2006-08.

Awards & Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.

Received 2011 Municipal Finance Officers' Association (MFOA) Excellence in Municipal Finance Award.

Affiliations

Member, Ministry of Municipal Affairs' Debt Issuance and Investment Policy Committee

Member, Working Groups established by the Province of Ontario in connection with new legislation that relates to the financing powers of municipalities

Former Member, Board of Directors - The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, 1998-2003

Former Member, Board of Directors and Audit Committee, multinational pharmaceutical corporation, 1998-2010

Corporate Directorship

Board of Directors - The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, 1998-2003

Board of Directors and Audit Committee, multinational pharmaceutical

Partner

Toronto
Direct 416.947.5064
Fax 416.365.1876
hdouglas@weirfoulds.com

Practice Areas

Municipal Finance

Infrastructure  and Public Projects

Banking

Called to the Bar
Ontario, 1980
Education
Osgoode Hall Law School
LL.B 1978

Awards & Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.

Received 2011 Municipal Finance Officers' Association (MFOA) Excellence in Municipal Finance Award.

Affiliations

Member, Ministry of Municipal Affairs' Debt Issuance and Investment Policy Committee

Member, Working Groups established by the Province of Ontario in connection with new legislation that relates to the financing powers of municipalities

Former Member, Board of Directors - The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, 1998-2003

Former Member, Board of Directors and Audit Committee, multinational pharmaceutical corporation, 1998-2010

Corporate Directorship

Board of Directors - The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, 1998-2003

Board of Directors and Audit Committee, multinational pharmaceutical

Called to the Bar

Ontario, 1980

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School
LL.B 1978