Jennifer M. Leddy    B.A., LL.B.

Jennifer M. Leddy
Ottawa Office
Tel: (613) 235-4774 x303
Fax: (613) 235-9838
Email: jleddy@carters.ca
Toll Free: (866) 388-9596
 
Orangeville Office
Tel: (519) 942-0001
Fax: (519) 942-0300

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Ms. Leddy joined Carters’ Ottawa office in 2009, becoming a partner in 2014, to practice charity and not-for-profit law following a distinguished career in both private practice and public policy. After being called to the Ontario Bar in 1974, Jennifer practiced family law as a partner with the Toronto office of Lang Michener LLP until 1985, when she joined the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), initially as a member of a multi-disciplinary pastoral team and later as a legal and policy advisor. At the CCCB, she was involved in the development of briefs to Parliamentary Committees and written arguments to the Supreme Court of Canada on a wide variety of social policy issues. In 2005, Jennifer returned to private practice with the Ottawa firm of Vincent Dagenais Gibson until she went to the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency in 2008 as part of a one year Interchange program, to work on the proposed “Guidelines on the Meaning of Advancement of Religion as a Charitable Purpose.”

Ms. Leddy’s accomplishments also include being a co-director of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) from its establishment in 1996 by the CCCB and Knights of Columbus until 2005; and being a member of the Joint Regulatory Table (JRT), a working group formed under the Voluntary Sector Initiative to study and make recommendations for improving the legislative and regulatory environment in which the voluntary sector operates, from 2000 to 2003. Jennifer is a Director of St. Patrick’s Home in Ottawa, and a former Director of Daybreak Housing in Ottawa.

PRACTICE AREAS:

Charity and Not-for-Profit Law.

EDUCATION:

LL.B., University of Toronto, 1972
B.A. (History & English), University of Saskatchewan, 1969

CALLED TO THE BAR:

Ontario Bar, 1974

LANGUAGES:

English and a working knowledge of French

Publications
Ontario Court of Appeal Affirms Patients' Right to Effective Referral
By Jennifer M. Leddy. Church Law Bulletin No. 56, May 30, 2019.
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Court Declares Not-for-Profit Cemetery to be a Charitable Trust
By Jennifer M. Leddy and Terrance S. Carter, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 439, January 31, 2019
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Ontario Decision is a Game Changer for Charities and Political Activities
By Jennifer M. Leddy and Terrance S. Carter, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 425, August 30, 2018.
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SCC Upholds Denial of Accreditation of Trinity Western Due To Mandatory Covenant
By Terrance S. Carter, Jennifer M. Leddy and Adriel N. Clayton. Church Law Bulletin No. 55, June 28, 2018.
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Reconciling Physician and Patient Rights
By Jennifer M. Leddy. Church Law Bulletin No. 53, February 27, 2018.
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Full listing of Publications

Speaking Engagements
Essential Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Update
Presented by Jennifer M. Leddy at The 2019 Charity & NFP Law Seminar.
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The 25th Annual - 2018 Church & Charity Law Seminar
was held on November 8, 2018. The Church & Charity Law Seminar is designed to assist churches and charities in understanding developing trends in the law in order to reduce unnecessary exposure to legal liability.
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The Ottawa Region 2018 Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Seminar
was held on February 15, 2018. The Ottawa Region Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Seminar is designed to assist charities and not-for-profits in understanding developing trends in the law in order to reduce unnecessary exposure to legal liability.
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The Ottawa Region Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Seminar
was held on February 16, 2017. The Ottawa Region Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Seminar is designed to assist charities and not-for-profits in understanding developing trends in the law in order to reduce unnecessary exposure to legal liability.
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