Neil McCormick Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2008 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0274

Fax: +1 613-788-4484


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Primary office:  Ottawa

Neil McCormick

Neil McCormick is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in the Business Law Group.

Neil's practice focuses extensively on not-for-profit corporations, whom he regularly assists with a variety of governance-related issues. In particular, Neil has developed expertise in:

  • Incorporating corporations with, and managing issues relating to, multi-stakeholder boards of directors;
  • The fiduciary duties of directors and officers; and
  • Statutes governing not-for-profit corporations, including Crown corporations and other "special act" corporations.

In his commercial law practice, Neil regularly assists clients to draft and negotiate various agreements relating to Canadian and international matters, including funding agreements, collaboration agreements, affiliation agreements, service agreements, and agreements to commercialize intellectual property.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2022

  • 2020

  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2007

    • Education
      Dalhousie University, LLB (Certificates of Specialization in Business Law and Environmental Law)
  • 2003

    • Education
      London School of Economics, M.Sc. (Global History)
  • 2002

    • Education
      Queen's University, BA (Hons.)


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association - Charity and Not-for-Profit Section

Published Works

  • "ONCA v. OCA: What's the difference?", Gowling WLG, Dec. 13, 2021.
  • "Launch of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010," Gowling WLG, Sept. 14, 2021.
  • "Annual general meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic for Canadian not-for-profit corporations," Gowling WLG, March 20, 2020.
  • Regulatory Transformation in the Empire State, Energy@Gowlings, 2014.
  • Contributed to The Electricity Industry in Canada, a comprehensive two-volume legal review written by Gowlings and published by Carswell in May 2009.
  • "A Survey of Solar Hot Water Heating Initiatives: Lessons for Policy-Makers", Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2010.
  • The Sale of New Brunswick Power to Hydro-Québec, Energy @ Gowlings Vol. 7, No. 12.
  • Ontario's Nuclear Procurement Project: Three Bids Received, Energy @ Gowlings Vol. 7, No. 4.
  • IESO Issues 18-Month Outlook, Energy @ Gowlings Vol. 7, No. 1.
  • OEB Disclosure Requirements for Proposed Corporate Reorganizations, Energy @ Gowlings Vol. 6, No. 10.
  • Contributed to "New Environmental Penalty Regime in Force", Law Times, October 15, 2007.

Representative Work

  • Counsel to a Canadian food producers' trade association with respect to advertising and marketing, product regulatory issues and government relations.

  • Counsel to one of the largest community fundraising charities in Canada with respect to charity law and tax law.

  • General counsel to the educational subsidiary of a Canadian professional liability organization, providing all legal services, including advising its Board of Directors on governance issues, the organization's education programs, and the incorporation of a new not-for-profit corporation subsidiary including negotiating a number of commercial agreements for the delivery of its services.

Client work

Client work
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