Vicky Edgecombe Associate

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2008 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0133

Fax: +1 613-788-3428


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Primary office:  Ottawa

Vicky Edgecombe

Vicky Edgecombe is an accomplished advocate with close to 15 years of experience working in Canada and the US with the voluntary, public and private sectors on a range of trade, human rights and sustainable development issues.

Vicky is a senior associate lawyer in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in the advocacy department. Her practice focuses on international trade law as well as privacy, access to information and defamation law.

In her international trade law practice, Vicky advises the firm's clients in matters involving trade and investment agreements, export/import controls and sanctions/embargos, and all aspects of customs compliance (tariff classification, origin, valuation, and Administrative Monetary Penalty System [AMPS] penalties). She also has experience advising on multilateral and bilateral free trade and investment agreements. She has worked on matters involving the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Federal Court of Canada.

In the areas of privacy and information management, Vicky advises clients on all aspects of data management and access to information/freedom of information. Vicky also assists clients with protecting confidential third party business information under Canada's Access to Information Act and provincial freedom of information legislation.

In her media and defamation practice, Vicky has worked on matters involving defamation lawsuits in Ontario courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, including Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms cases involving freedom of the press.

Vicky is returning to Gowling WLG where she previously worked in the international trade, defamation and media law, and privacy and data protection groups. Prior to coming back to the firm, Vicky worked as a senior trade commissioner and senior foreign policy advisor for Global Affairs Canada in Canada and abroad. She also has worked as a consultant with various organizations, including IMPACT2030, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation and Justice Rapid Response.

Throughout her career, Vicky has represented Canada at United Nations (UN) meetings and worked closely with a number of UN bodies. She has advised Canadian members of parliament on legislative and policy issues. In 2004, Vicky drafted the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act, a private member’s bill that received Royal assent in June 2008. In 2016, she was also involved in the development of a gender-sensitive safety audit for Parliamentarians.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2017

    • Community
      Former Board member, Step Up Women’s Network, New York (1 year)
  • 2008

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

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, JD (LLB)
  • 1999

    • Education
      Carleton University, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Master of Arts (International Affairs)
  • 1995

    • Education
      University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Equal Voice Canada
  • Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)

Contributer: The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Drafted and assisted in its passage through parliament: Official Development Assistance Accountability Act S.C. 2008, c. 17

Author: Establishing A Legal Basis for Canada’s Official Development Assistance

Contributor: House of Commons of Canada, The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, Interim Report on Moving Toward a Modern, Efficient, Inclusive and Family-Friendly Parliament: Gender Sensitive Safety Audit

Speaker: Wilkes University, PA, United Nations lecture series - Women’s Empowerment: Participation, Power and Perception (as part of the Humpty Dumpty Institute’s Higher Education Alliance)

Representative of Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade): Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), 49th Meeting of the Standing Committee, Geneva, Switzerland, April 22-25, 2003

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