Debra McKenna is a litigation associate in the Professional Self-Regulatory Bodies Practice Group at WeirFoulds LLP.

Debra’s practice is focused on professional self-regulation and civil litigation. She provides strategic advice and acts as counsel for a number of regulatory bodies, as well as public and private sector clients, in relation to regulatory issues, complaints and discipline, and civil litigation matters. She has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Justice, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Grievance Settlement Board, and a variety administrative tribunals.

Debra is a committed and effective advocate for her clients, and she brings extensive practical experience and know-how to her legal practice. Prior to attending law school, she worked for several years as a litigation law clerk assisting on a number of notable, complex cases, including as commission staff for Justice Stephen Goudge on the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario and as part of the legal team representing the Ontario Provincial Police Association and its members at the Ipperwash Inquiry.

    Reported Cases

    Cumming v. Peterborough Police Association, 2013 ONCA 670

    Terceira v. Labourers International Union of North America, 2014 ONCA 839

    R. v. Smith, 2015 SCC 34

    Ontario Public Service Employees Union v Ontario (Community Safety and Correctional Services), 2016 CanLII 48167

    • LL.B., Windsor Law, 2010
    • The Advocates' Society
    • Ontario Bar Association

    Community Involvement

    Volunteer Duty Counsel, Pro Bono Law Ontario Law Help Clinic at the Superior Court of Justice

    Volunteer Duty Counsel, Pro Bono Law Ontario Appeals Assistance Program

    Volunteer, Ontario Justice Education Network, Student Mock Trial Program

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaker, "Expertitis: Are We Obsessed with Experts?", CNAR 2021 Conference, October 21, 2021
    Speaker, “Nuts and Bolts of Decision-Writing”, Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, Quebec City, QC, October 28, 2019
    Speaker, “Emerging Legal Issues in Regulation”, Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, Toronto, ON, May 29, 2019
    Speaker, “Nuts and Bolts of Decision-Writing”, Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, Banff, AB, October 15, 2018
    Speaker, "Hot Topics in Regulation", Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, Toronto, ON, June 27, 2018
    Law Society of Upper Canada, Six-Minute Labour Lawyer Program, The Taint of Anti-Union Animus, June 2017
    Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers Annual Conference, The Intersection of Labour Law and Insolvency, June 2017
    Police Association of Ontario Employment Law Conference, The Role of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) in Police Complaint Investigations, February 2017
    Ontario Bar Association Institute (Constitutional, Civil Liberties Human Rights Program), Policing Services and Section 1 of the Human Rights Code, February 2017
    Ontario Bar Association, Human Rights Code Remedies, November 2016

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