Cynthia L. Elderkin
Cynthia Elderkin is a partner in the Ottawa office of Gowling WLG. A member of the Business Law Group, Cynthia has a transactions-based practice that includes personal property security matters, secured financings, outsourcings, acquisitions, fibre optic and collocation transactions, aircraft and transportation transactions, equipment leases, maintenance and operation agreements, dealer and distribution agreements, joint ventures, teaming arrangements, licensing agreements, and manufacturing and supply agreements. Additional areas of her practice include general corporate and commercial law with a specialization in commercial and consumer contracts.
Cynthia is highly regarded by clients and colleagues for her in-depth knowledge and experience in commercial and transactional matters, and her ability to successfully achieve clients' objectives, often within tight time demands. Excellence in service delivery is a key commitment Cynthia makes to Gowling WLG's clients and colleagues. In recognition of her expertise, she was ranked in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in 2015.
Cynthia has presented numerous papers and lectures in her specific areas of expertise to business organizations, associations and educational institutions, including the Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall Continuing Legal Education, the County of Carleton Law Association, the University of Ottawa, the Canadian Bar Association, the Credit Bureau, the Licensing Executives Society, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Conference on Shopping Centres.
Cynthia has also co-authored a legal text on contracts entitled Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements, originally published by Carswell (a Thomson Reuters company) in 1998 and now in its third edition.
Cynthia was a director of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre from 1994 to 1999, and was president of the board for two years. She is also a past member and former chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Canadian Bar Association of Ontario, and a current member of the Canadian Bar Association of Ontario and the County of Carleton Law Association.
An active member of her community as both a charity canvasser and volunteer, Cynthia has served on the executive committee of the Goulbourn Skating Club for five years. In recognition of her contributions, she was awarded the "Top 40 Under 40" Award in 2000 and won a community volunteer award in 2004.
Cynthia plays an active part within Gowling WLG to create a "great place to work" culture, and has received awards for mentoring excellence in both 2010 and 2014. She has also served on several firm committees over the course of her tenure and was the department head of the Ottawa office's Business Law Group from January 2012 to December 31, 2015.