Heather J. MacDougall, associate

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Heather J. MacDougall

I was born (née Wood) and raised in Burlington, Ontario and moved to Waterloo to attend Wilfrid Laurier University. I graduated from Laurier with an Honours degree in Political Science and Global Studies in 2008. After graduation I moved to Windsor to attend law school and received my law degree in 2011. After articling with a mid-size firm in Hamilton, I was called to the bar in June of 2012. Between my time in KW, summers in Guelph during law school and with in-laws in Owen Sound, I feel thoroughly connected to this part of south-western Ontario and am excited to live and work in the Guelph area.

Throughout my time at Laurier, I was involved in a not-for-profit literacy organization that provided free tutoring services to disadvantaged youth. I also volunteered as a research assistant with a local non-governmental organization that published annual reports on a variety of topics ranging from women’s rights and poverty to peace and armed conflict.

I was attracted to the University of Windsor’s law program because of their strong commitment to accessibility in the legal system and access to justice. I strongly believe that an individual’s income should not prevent them from seeking help from the court system.

While in Windsor I volunteered at the Community Legal Aid Clinic, which provides disadvantaged clients with free access to legal services and advice. My experience with the clinic showed me the human side of law and taught me that legal problems are often intertwined with complex social and economic issues. I also worked as a research assistant for the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, a scholarly journal designed to promote and emphasize Windsor’s “Access to Justice” philosophy.

I practice general litigation in a variety of areas including family law and divorce, employment, human rights, commercial disputes, collections, construction, and property disputes. I am pleased to work on a team of lawyers and law clerks to advocate for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations using a range of dispute resolution strategies tailored to each situation, including negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and proceedings before various courts and administrative tribunals.

I give back to the community by volunteering on the Board of Directors of the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph. In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling and yoga as well as reading and experimenting in my kitchen with different types of cuisine. I am an avid camper and like to spend time outdoors as well as on my family’s boat and cottage on Georgian Bay.

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