Kathryn Chadwick is an associate in Gowling WLG's Montreal office, practising in Indigenous law.
She advises Indigenous clients on matters relating to local and regional governance, health and social services, education, environmental law, administration of justice, policies and legislative drafting.
Kathryn has also participated in litigation before the Superior Court of Québec and the Québec Court of Appeal.
Kathryn completed a joint program at McGill University to obtain a double Bachelor of Laws (BCL/JD) and Master of Social Work (MSW). During her studies, she contributed to a research and evaluation project mandated by a First Nations consortium based in Alberta. She also wrote her thesis on the negotiation of self-government agreements between the Government of Canada and Indigenous communities, collaborating with a First Nation in the course of negotiations.
During her academic career, Kathryn also completed internships at a mental health clinic, a non-profit community organization, a shelter and at the Montréal Legal Aid office. During these internships she conducted legal research, assisted clients in accessing public health and social service programs, and provided psychosocial and legal education.
Prior to undertaking her double Bachelor of Laws (BCL/JD) and Master of Social Work, Kathryn worked for the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, where she developed government policy related to e-health and mental health, working with stakeholders in the health care community.
Kathryn also holds a Bachelor of Honours in Biology from Queen's University.