Harvard University (Massachussets)

Kelley McKinnon

Harvard University (Massachussets)
Senior Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative

Kelley McKinnon is a partner and head of the securities litigation practice at Gowlings’ Toronto office. Kelley held senior roles at the federal Competition Bureau and the Ontario Securities Commission, giving her unique insight and strategic perspective into regulatory risk and process, including in cross-border regulatory matters. At the Competition Bureau, she was the Senior Deputy Commissioner of Competition, heading the Mergers Branch and participating in other competition enforcement and policy matters across the Bureau as a member of the Senior Management Committee and periodically as the Acting Commissioner of Competition. Formerly the Deputy Director of Enforcement and Chief Litigation Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission, Kelley litigated some of the most complex securities cases in recent years, including the OSC intervention on Danier Leather at the Supreme Court of Canada. At the OSC, Kelley provided strategic direction for enforcement prosecutions, civil litigation affecting the Commission (including class actions) and compliance and registration disputes. Kelley was a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators Enforcement Committee and has lectured extensively at the North American Securities Administrators Association. At the OSC from 2003 to 2008, Kelley brings an unprecedented depth of knowledge and insight into securities litigation, regulatory compliance and ways to effectively deal with multiple regulators in Canada and abroad. In May 2011, Kelley was appointed a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Enforcement Advisory Committee, which provides feedback and advice to the OSC on enforcement issues, including policy and procedure initiatives. Kelley is a sought after teacher and lecturer. She taught Trial Practice Skills since 1994 at Osgoode Law School and Queen’s, and was a team leader at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop for lawyers for many years. Since 2004, she has taught North American investigators and securities lawyers in trial skills and strategy, including the use of expert evidence and electronic evidence. She also taught corporate governance at Queen’s in 2009.

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Harvard University - Law School (Cambridge)
Collège De France (Paris)
Legal Economics (Cambridge)
Harvard University (Massachussets)
Harvard University - Business School


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Davit Akman, Kelley McKinnon, Mark Nicholson, Zoë Paliare The Canadian Supreme Court considers for the first time the analytical framework for prevention of competition cases and the statutory efficiency defence in a very small merger case (Tervita)


Tiny Merger Will Have Major Implications for Merger Review in Canada* On Jan. 22, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released the long anticipated decision in Tervita Corp. v. Canada (Commissioner of Competition) in which it considered, for the first time, the analytical framework for (...)

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