“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Sir Winston Churchill
Gwenyth joined Bill, Peter, and David as an associate in August 2016. She started her legal career on Canada’s east coast in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador at Stewart McKelvey where she was first admitted to the legal profession and first appeared before the courts of that province. Gwenyth is currently a member of both the Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario bars. She is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Christian Legal Fellowship and is enjoying getting to know the diverse lawyers advocating for justice across our nation.
Gwenyth was born and raised in Guelph and was thrilled to relocate to the K-W region when the opportunity presented itself. Having studied in Ottawa and Fredericton, New Brunswick, and then starting her practice in St. John’s, Gwenyth has been away from her home region for over a decade. Living in these other parts of Canada, as well as Nunavut for a time, has allowed her to see the diversity of Canada’s communities and the incredible opportunities which the economically stable environment of the K-W region provides to its residents. K-W is also rich in culture, both historically and present-day. Gwenyth looks forward to continuing to explore and enjoy this region for everything it has to offer as she builds her legal career.
Gwenyth attended the University of New Brunswick for law school after attaining undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Ottawa in Human Kinetics. Gwenyth focused on using psychological principles to understand Indigenous youths’ high risk behaviour through her Master’s work for which she received complete funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for. She enjoyed researching and applying a theoretical perspective in attempting to understand social issues in Canada, but at the end of her two-year program decided to pursue a law degree and become a lawyer. Gwenyth wanted to help people more directly and saw law as a vehicle to do so. She attended the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Law where she received the Lord Beaverbrook scholarship in law which fully funded her legal studies.
Gwenyth likes working with her clients to assist when creating and building agreements, partnerships, and corporations. She is a bit of perfectionist which she knows is an asset when practicing:
She enjoys reviewing and drafting documents which practically help her clients achieve their goals and protect their interests. She firmly believes that she is working directly with people, assisting them daily.
Gwenyth works closely with Peter and David assisting with servicing their clients’ needs. Uniquely, she brings a perspective focused on using innovation and technology to benefit her clients which is designed to promote efficiency and candour in their discussions when working together to find practical and long-term solutions to her clients’ matters.
Apart from her work as a lawyer, Gwenyth loves spending time investing in her relationships with her friends, family, and husband Philip. She is acquainting – or re-acquainting – herself with the region and is looking to join a church community and team sport in the coming year. Gwenyth played rugby recreationally for the better part of a decade, but is looking for a new team sport to join as she is not sure she can take another concussion. Gwenyth is passionate about access to justice issues and using her law degree to impact peoples’ lives in tangible ways.