University of Ottawa, LL.B., Common Law (2004 – 2007)

University of Ottawa, Psychology and Criminology (2001 – 2004)
Completed two years of undergraduate studies.

McLoughlinMedia, Communicate with Power Media Training (2008)

Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation (2006)

Employment & Professional Experience

Executive Director & General Legal Counsel, Canadian Physicians for Life, March 2015 – Present

  • Providing direction and leadership to the organization.

Legal Counsel, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, June 2008 – March 2015

  • Participated in legal interventions at appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Canada on matters relating to freedoms of religion, speech, conscience and assembly; genetic technologies; and sanctity of life issues.
  • Engaged with parliamentarians and national groups on public policy and legal matters.
  • Provided legal advice to the organization on matters of charity, contract and employment law.
  • Researched and drafted facta, letters of opinion, memoranda of law and various legal and public policy submissions on constitutional law, human rights and charity law issues.
  • Engaged with and communicated to the media, the public and the organization’s donors.
  • Drafted and reviewed articles for the organization’s website and publications.
  • Developed and coordinated an internship program which provided opportunities to a number of law and graduate students year round.

Board Member, Editorial Board, Lexview, Cardus Centre for Cultural Renewal, 2011 – Present

Board Member, Christian Legal Fellowship, 2007 – 2009

  • Member, Francophone and Bilingualism Subcommittee (2007-2009)
  • Chair, Student Advisory Committee (2007-2008)

Articling Student (prior: intern & summer student), Vincent Dagenais Gibson LLP, January 2006 – May 2008

  • Assisted lawyers with charity, corporate, commercial and real estate law transactions.
  • Interacted with clients and obtained new files and clients.
  • Participated in the incorporation, dissolution and annual filings of corporate entities.
  • Participated in the application for charitable status and dissolution of charities.

Clerk to the Regional Senior Justice, Ontario Court of Justice, February 2007 – April 2007

  • Selected to complete an internship with the Regional Senior Justice.
  • Conducted case law and legislative research in various areas including Charter, criminal procedure and sentencing.

Legal Researcher, Department of Justice, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Legal Services, February 2006 – December 2006

  • Selected to complete an internship with a Crown Prosecutor then hired to complete a research contract.
  • Conducted case law and legislative research in various areas including Charter, criminal procedure and sentencing.
  • Communicated and coordinated with federal and provincial lawyers and officers.

Earlier Experience

Faculty of Law, Career Development Resource Centre (CDRC), Career Development Facilitator & Webmaster

  • Advised student clientele on the application process for legal positions, including providing resume and cover letter reviews and advising on networking techniques.
  • Researched, wrote and developed CDRC publications and website.

Sussex Circle Inc., Administrative & Information Technology Assistant

  • Provided research and project assistance in areas of public policy, organizational renewal and issues management.
  • Drafted briefing notes and topical summaries for the firm’s partners and principals.
  • Liaised between firm and high-profile clients in government, business and voluntary sectors.

Office of a Senator, Senate of Canada, Administrative Assistant

  • Provided a full-range of confidential support services to the Senator.

National Office of a Federal Minister’s Party Leadership Campaign, Communications Assistant

  • Communicated and co-operated with the national media.
  • Researched, drafted and translated press releases and website content.
  • Collaborated with staff and volunteers on a nation-wide scale to increase productivity and improve internal communications.
  • Helped plan, develop and execute high profile ministerial events.
  • Recruited over 30 volunteers and coordinated campaign work placements.