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Kate Lyons at The Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer 2018
May-07-2018

Kate Lyons at the OBA's: 5 Minute Advocacy for Municipal & Planning Lawyers
March-06-2018

Catherine Lyons at OBA's Institute 2017 - Emerging Developments in Municipal and Planning Law
February-10-2017

Goodmans Presents: Business Opportunities in the Low Carbon Economy - A Conversation with The Honourable Glen Murray
June-15-2016

Kate Lyons at the LSUC's Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer 2016 Conference
May-04-2016

Kate Lyons at the Canadian Institute of Mining Conference
May-03-2016

Kate Lyons quoted in "Municipal lawyers gear up for change", Law Times
January-18-2016

Kate Lyons at the 15th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar
September-30-2015

Kate Lyons quoted in "Avoiding Conflict", Lexpert Magazine's May 2015 edition
May-01-2015

Kate Lyons quoted in "Mining companies must win hearts and minds or face further opposition", miningweekly.com
September-19-2014

Kate Lyons at the 13th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar
September-09-2014

Kate Lyons at the 12th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar
June-05-2014

Goodmans Presents: Do Recent Changes to Ontario’s Mining Act Make the Province a Less Competitive Jurisdiction to Explore?
May-28-2013

Goodmans Presents: Muddying the Waters: Testing the Limits of Environmental Responsibility
October-25-2012

Kate Lyons at Federated Press' 10th Essentials of Real Estate Development
May-22-2012

Kate Lyons at the Canadian Institute’s Forum on Land Use And Development
May-20-2009

David Bronskill, Roslyn Houser and Catherine Lyons at the OBA's 5th Annual Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer Seminar
April-10-2008

Catherine Lyons

Partner

clyons@Goodmans.ca vCard
Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4183
Fax:   416.979.1234

Kate Lyons is a partner at Goodmans. She dedicates her practice to representing both private and public sector clients at the intersection of municipal and environmental law.

Her expertise includes a wide range of municipal and environmental approvals, in particular in situations where there are disparate public, private and institutional stakeholders.  In both the urban and suburban settings, she has been instrumental in navigating the complex regulatory framework in order to obtain permits and approvals.  

She has represented the Town of Oakville in a number of challenging cases.  For example, as lead counsel for the Town, she successfully obtained a landmark Ontario Municipal Board approval for a community plan encompassing 7,500 acres which included the preservation of over 1,000 acres of natural heritage land. A recent article in the Ontario Planning Journal noted that Kate and her Goodmans colleagues “marshalled the [3 levels of government] into a formidable negotiating team”. The Town’s team is described as “the dream team, capable of dealing with everything thrown at it.”  Kate continues to represent the Town of Oakville in a number of ongoing matters.  

Kate is well known for her expertise in water resource and natural heritage matters including cases before the Ontario Municipal Board, prosecutions, permitting and transactional work. Her experience in Brownfield redevelopment includes involvement with the Gooderham & Worts historic Distillery District in Toronto, the Shipyards redevelopment in Collingwood, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, and countless projects where industrial land has been successfully transformed for residential and parkland uses.  For example, she represents Infrastructure Ontario and Ontario Power Generation in the sale of a significant waterfront site which was formerly home to a coal fired power plant.

Kate’s redevelopment experience includes cost sharing agreements, infrastructure financing and environmental approvals associated with infrastructure requirements and her environmental expertise extends to providing advice on corporate transactions involving the evaluation and allocation of environmental risks and costs and matters of social licence. She has acted in numerous transactions in sectors which include mining, natural resources, and manufacturing.  She provided environmental advice on Acasta Enterprises Inc.’s $1.2 billion qualifying acquisition of Apollo Health and Beauty Care Partnership, JemPak Corporation and Stellwagen Group and to Enwave in its acquisition of the assets of Veresen Inc.’s London, Ontario and Prince Edward Island district energy businesses.

Kate was named the 2018 Toronto “Municipal Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in Canada.  She is recognized as a leading lawyer by The Best Lawyers in Canada for real estate, municipal and environmental law and by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for property development.  She has also been recognized as a leading practitioner in the Lexpert Special Editions on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers, Energy Lawyers and Lawyers in Global Mining.  Kate is the former President of the National Club and a former Director of the Textile Museum of Canada.

Education University of Toronto (LL.B., 1988)
University of New Brunswick (B.A. (Hons., Dean's List), 1982)
Professional Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)
Past Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association