Ontario Bar, 1986
Juris Doctor, 1984
Osgoode Hall Law School
Bachelor of Arts, 1979
Mary Ellen has over 30 years’ experience working in municipal law mostly serving in senior roles in municipalities, and has a solid reputation as a strategic thinker focused on problem solving within a legal framework. She is passionate about supporting City-building, large infrastructure and economic development opportunities, and is also very excited to participate in governance, elections, and ethics discussions and projects. She has participated as an advisor/speaker to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) on several of these matters over the years.
Certified by the Law Society as a specialist in Municipal Law, (Local Government and Land Use Planning and Development). Mary Ellen is also recognized as a Fellow with expertise in municipal law by the International Municipal Lawyers Association. She is a multiple award winner receiving recognition for her work from the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the Ontario Bar Association (Public Sector and Municipal awards), the Canadian Corporation Counsel Association and the Osgoode Hall Alumni.
Active in her community, Mary Ellen is engaged in supporting the sport of Canoe Kayak, where she sits on boards and committees at different levels, is engaged in strategic planning, and also as a sport official. Her next goal is to learn how to properly paddle on a stand-up board (SUP)!
Mary Ellen also serves as a Director of the Annie Parker Foundation and her condo corporation, and has spent many years advocating on behalf of children with learning disabilities as a Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Mississauga and Learning Disabilities Association of Peel Region.