Celia Chandler

Celia Chandler

Test For many years I worked at the City of Toronto. I held a number of positions there, many of which directly relate to Iler Campbell’s clients’ needs. These include: the City Clerk’s office, managing the Toronto City Council meeting process; and the Freedom of Information Office, implementing privacy legislation. My ‘second’ career was as director of administration at an international environmental NGO. This organization is, not coincidentally, a client of Iler Campbell. In my five years there I worked quite closely with Ted, and on some occasions, Brian. It was in this job that I really began to understand the challenges that non-profits face daily as they work with committed but overworked staff, volunteer boards, limited time and money, demanding funders, and well-meaning but sometimes inexperienced volunteers. This experience really pushed me to think about how best I could serve the sector. Law seemed the obvious choice. To tell the truth, it was Ted’s story of going to law school in later life that really inspired me to do the same. It was comforting to me to know that it was possible to get a law degree beyond the age of 25. I joined Iler Campbell as an articling student in 2005 and was pleased to have been hired on following my call to the bar the next year. I’ve no regrets. Iler Campbell is a great fit because it combines many of my past professional experiences and interests and allows me to work in a range of areas of law inside and outside the courtroom. I spend most of my time working with our co-op housing clients. Co-ops are a fascinating model for community development and I’m always impressed by the level of commitment that the members have for the model. They work hard to make it work – and it does! I get a charge out of going to co-op board meetings and trying to help them figure out what makes sense for them. I like to think that I bring something very practical to the advice that I give. I’ve managed legal budgets in a non-profit and I know that they can’t always afford the luxury of the Cadillac of legal opinions – sometimes the reliable and sensible Toyota is all that’s needed. I’m always happiest when clients tell me that they understand what I’ve said. I don’t want to sound like a lawyer.

Email Address cchandler@ilercampbell.com

Level Professional Service Provider Members

Start Date April 1, 2013

Phone Number 4165980103ext120


Region Ontario

Expertise Environment, Development, Worker co-ops, Legal

Services As general counsel to our clients we handle all corporate and commercial needs, including for-profit and non-profit incorporations, governance and corporate structures and regulations, construction law, landlord and tenant relationships, charities law, trademarks and copyright, labour and employment, obligations under the Human Rights Code and related legislation. We have expertise in administrative and regulatory work, including energy, planning and municipal issues and use this expertise for clients ranging from environmental non-profits and charities to affordable housing developers and green builders. We have specialized knowledge of co-operative law; our firm has an extensive co-op client base, and has been counsel to the Ontario Co-operative Association for many years. In recent years, we’ve played an instrumental role in the emerging area of renewable energy co-ops and the development of the Green Energy Act. We are frequently consulted by our clients on issues related to defamation. We also have an elections law client group and an Aboriginal law practice. Our civil and administrative litigation practice fully services the needs of our entire client base.

Languages English

Company Iler Campbell LLP

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