Kate L. Agyemang Associate

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2018 - Ontario

Primary office:  Ottawa

Kate L. Agyemang

Kate L. Agyemang is a bilingual associate in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, practising in the Advocacy Department. She is a member of the firm’s Employment, Labour & Equalities Group. Kate’s practice focuses on employment and labour law matters, as well as group disability defence work. She has represented a diverse range of employers, with a particular focus in the healthcare, legal, and technology industries. She also works for numerous embassies and consulates.

Kate provides employers with guidance and advice in all areas of employment and labour law, including drafting and implementing employment contracts, drafting workplace policies and manuals, assisting with workplace investigations or terminations, defending human rights applications, handling complex employment litigation, managing employees through business and asset purchases, and representing employers in mediations as well as arbitrations.

Kate has appeared before the Small Claims Court and the Ontario Superior Court as well as various administrative tribunals. She has also been a guest speaker at numerous industry conferences.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Kate practised civil litigation, insurance defence and employment law at a top litigation firm. A natural advocate, Kate has defended the rights of others throughout her career. Before pursuing a career in law, Kate worked for various national non-profits and healthcare organizations in crisis and program management. She later worked in disability adjudication for national insurers and was engaged by class action adjudicators to advise on medical appeals and threshold issues.

Kate also has a particular interest in sports disputes and administration. In this capacity, she frequently assists national and provincial sports organizations, athletes and coaches with discipline complaints, as well as safe sport investigations and policy reviews.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2021

  • 2019

    • Community
      Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board Member
  • 2018

    • Community
      The Women’s Network of Feminist Legal Mentors, Volunteer
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2017

    • Rankings & Awards
      Beament Green Prize for the top result in Trial Advocacy
    • Community
      Pro Bono Ontario, Volunteer
    • Education
      University of Ottawa, JD, Common Law (cum laude)
  • 2016

    • Community
      Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR), Former President
    • Rankings & Awards
      Dean’s Legal Research and Writing Fellow
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      Perley-Robertson, Hill and McDougall Prize for Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • 2013

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, Honours B.Soc.Sc., Human Rights & International Conflict Studies (magna cum laude)
  • 2007

    • Education
      University of Ottawa. Honours BA, Psychology

Speaking Engagements

  • Judge, uOttawa Canadian National Negotiation Competition, March 2022.
  • Speaker, Telfer Law Society: The State of Employment Law in a Post Covid World, February 2022.
  • Speaker, HIO’s Business & Employer Learning Forum: Understanding Options in Creating Vaccine Policy Protocols in the Workplace, November 2021.
  • Speaker, County of Carleton Law Association's (CCLA) Six-Minute Employment Lawyer series: An Update on the Enforceability of Termination Provisions, September 2021.
  • Speaker, CCLA’s 39th Civil Litigation Conference: Nunc pro tunc – where and how to use it? Case: Bargain Club Inc. v. Co-Operators General Insurance Company, November 2019.