penny harding

Penny Harding

Senior Associate
Halifax: 902.720.3507


Certified In House Counsel Canada, 2015
Rotman School of Management
LLB (Dean's List), 1998
University of New Brunswick
BRec (Dean's List), 1995
Dalhousie University

Bar Admissions

Nova Scotia, 1999 Alberta, 2016 Ontario, 2015


Penny's practice focuses on all aspects of corporate, commercial and employment law.


Lexpert Zenith Award (2014)


Cross Canada Guide to Human Rights Law in Employment (Federal Chapter)


Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, Penny spent over 13 years as senior counsel at Bell Aliant Regional Communications primarily practicing corporate, commercial, and employment law, and also providing counsel for matters related to pensions and benefits, executive compensation, privacy, commercial and customer dispute resolution, trademarks, commercial real estate, corporate governance and telecom regulation. Prior to practicing in-house, Penny practiced at a law firm based in Atlantic Canada.

Penny has been actively involved with the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, serving as a member of the National Executive Committee from 2011-2015, Chair of the Value, Profile and Influence Committee from 2013-2015, member of the National Certification Committee from 2012-2015, and as Chair of the Nova Scotia Chapter from 2010-2014. Penny is also a contributing author to the Federal Chapter of the Cross Canada Guide to Human Rights Law in Employment published by Carswell in September, 2013.


Penny volunteers as a director of Adsum for Women & Children and previously served as the co-chair of the board of directors for Alice Housing.

Memberships and Affiliations

Penny is a member of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE).