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 has been recognized as a leading expert in charity and not-for-profit law in Canada by Lexpert.


Languages: English and a working knowledge of French

Education & Call To The Bar
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, 1972
  • B.A. (History & English), University of Saskatchewan, 1969
  • Ontario Bar, 1974
By Terrance S. Carter, Theresa L.M. Man, Ryan M. Prendergast, Esther Shainblum, Esther S.J. Oh, Jennifer M. Leddy, Sean S. Carter, Adriel N. Clayton and Martin U. Wissmath. Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 510, April 8, 2022.
By Jennifer M. Leddy. Charity and NFP Law Bulletin, May 28, 2021.
By Sean S. Carter, Jennifer M. Leddy and Terrance S. Carter. Church Law Bulletin No. 58, August 27, 2020.
By Jennifer M. Leddy, Terrance S. Carter and Adriel N. Clayton, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 473, May 28, 2020.
Speaking Engagements & Seminar Materials
Presented by Jennifer M. Leddy at The 2019 Charity & NFP 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.
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.