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Our People

Meet the dedicated team behind INQ.

COUNSEL

Kathy O’Brien

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Contact

kobrien@INQ.law
T: 416 967 7100 ext. 1-227

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Practices

Corporate/Contracts

Mergers & Integrations

Board Governance

Charities and Not-for-profits

Privacy

Kathy’s practice is focused on corporate and commercial matters. She regularly speaks to boards of not-for-profit and charitable corporations to advise them of their governance and charitable law responsibilities, including providing advice on hospital, foundation, and association by-laws. Kathy works with healthcare organizations and foundations to establish appropriate governance structures and policies to facilitate and maintain healthy, cooperative relationships.

Kathy has worked with Ontario health service providers for over 20 years, facilitating restructurings and realignments within the healthcare sector, and implementing integrations of all kinds. This includes: Ontario health teams, amalgamations, mergers, management services arrangements, alliances, and networks. She has helped establish several shared services organizations in Ontario (procurement and IT services), as well as alliances that provide information technology services, electronic health record systems, PACS services and diagnostic imaging repositories. 

 

Kathy is working with many clients to assist in their governance transition to the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.

Recent Experience

  • Advised on the merger of two children’s aid societies

  • Advised on the amalgamation of a national disease charity and its parallel foundation

  • Created template ONCA-compliant by-laws for Ontario children’s aid societies

  • Advised hospital and community-based agencies to establish alliance with a shared board and membership governance structure

  • Advised shared service organizations (SSOs) as they restructure and evolve across Ontario

  • Assisted with the creation of an IT-based SSO to provide hospital information system and IT services to 20+ hospitals

 

Insights & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized by her peers in Health Care Law (2008-2024)

 

Affiliations

  • Ontario Bar Association (Member)

  • Board of Directors & Chair, Governance Committee of Jörgen Dance

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