Catherine McKenna

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Canadian Lawyers Abroad

Catherine is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Canadian Lawyers Abroad. While a huge fan of Canada (and of her hometown, Hamilton), Catherine has always enjoyed working and living abroad. After finishing a degree in international relations and French at the University of Toronto, she filmed a documentary in Asia, “Real Travels: 60 days in Indonesia.” Catherine then completed a Master’s degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics and a law degree at McGill. In 1997, she worked as a Trade Policy Officer at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. Returning to Asia, Catherine practiced law at a corporate firm in Jakarta and then joined the UN peacekeeping mission in East Timor as the legal advisor to the Chief Minister in the Timor Sea treaty negotiations with Australia. In 2002, Catherine joined Stikeman Elliott LLP, working in the areas of competition, trade, and constitutional law. During this time she was senior counsel on the Rt. Hon. Antonio Lamer’s review of Canada’s military justice system. Catherine has written a number of articles and submissions about proposed amendments to the Competition Act and testified before parliamentary committees. She is admitted to the bars of Ontario and New York. She volunteers with a number of organizations, is actively engaged in policy debates, and recently joined the Advisory Board of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Catherine lives in Ottawa with her husband Scott Gilmore, the founder of Peace Dividend Trust, and their three young children.

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