Eileen is the chair of Torys' Intellectual Property and Food and Drug Regulatory Practices. She practices exclusively in the areas of intellectual property and food and drug regulatory law. She is one of a handful of Canadian lawyers who advise on regulatory clearance and intellectual property protection of products. Eileen is the only lawyer to be ranked in Band 1 nationwide in Canada by Chambers for Life Sciences law. Eileen is a registered patent and trademark agent in the United States and Canada. Eileen is a former member of Torys’ Executive Committee.
Eileen’s experience includes strategic advice on identifying and protecting intellectual property and regulatory assets; obtaining and maintaining market exclusivity using intellectual property and regulatory laws; exploiting intellectual property assets; and enforcing intellectual property rights.
Eileen is also a Certified Licensing Professional of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) (2011-2020), United States and Canada. This certification is issued only to persons who have met the requirements for licensing professionals, established by CLP, Inc., under the guidance of the LES.
Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in agribusiness: agriculture & food products; cannabis law; intellectual property; life sciences (2016-2020); cannabis law, intellectual property, life sciences: regulatory/compliance (2016-2021)
Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in intellectual property (2008-2020)
The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in intellectual property (2015-2020)
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners—Leading lawyer in transactions and prosecution (2012-2020)
IAM Licensing 250: The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers—Leading lawyer globally (2010-2017)
Managing IP’s IP Stars (Patent star, Trademark star) (2019-2020)
Managing IP’s IP Stars Top 250 Women in IP (2017-2020)
LMG Life Sciences—Life Sciences Star in intellectual property and regulatory (2012-2020)
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in biotechnology, intellectual property (2008-2020); technology transactions (2018-2020). Eileen is the only lawyer ranked as “Most Frequently Recommended” (Lexpert’s highest category) in Biotechnology in 2020.
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in biotechnology law, cannabis law, intellectual property law (2006-2021)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Lawyer of the Year in Toronto for Cannabis Law (2020); Biotechnology Law (2016, 2010)
Who’s Who Legal—Global Elite Thought Leader in life sciences regulatory (2008-2020), Leading lawyer in patents (2012-2019)
The Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in biotechnology law (2007-2019)
Lexpert’s Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Most Frequently Recommended lawyer in IP and media (2018), business issues (2019)
LMG Americas Women in Business Law—Best in Life Sciences (2019)
LMG Life Sciences Canadian Patent Non-Contentious Attorney of the Year (2018)
Lexpert/Thomson Canada’s Guide to the Top 100 Industry Specialists in Canada—Leading lawyer in pharmaceuticals and in biotechnology law (2006, 2016-2017)
Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers—Highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from her peers (Martindale-Hubbell recognizes fewer than 5% of women lawyers with this preeminent rating) (2011-2013)
Which Lawyer?—Recommended Canadian practitioner in life sciences: regulatory and intellectual property (2010-2012)
Globe Business Publishing’s World Trademark Review—Recommended Canadian expert in trademarks (2009-2011)
Which Lawyer?—Highly recommended Canadian practitioner in intellectual property law: litigation (and in the Cross-Border Intellectual Property Handbook 2008/07); highly recommended life sciences practitioner in regulatory matters and in intellectual property (2008-2009)
Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook—Highly recommended practitioner in life sciences (2007-2008)
Women’s Executive Network—One of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women (2005)
Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer—Exemplary ethical standards and legal ability
Eileen is a co-leader of a healthcare licensing course accredited by the Canadian Healthcare Licensing Association and endorsed by the Toronto Biotechnology Initiative on licensing and strategic alliances in the healthcare industry. Eileen is also on the peer review committee for the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) publication Update.
As one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women (Women's Executive Network), Eileen participates in the Wisdom II Mentoring Program. Eileen has mentored twice in the WXNWisdom Top 100 mentoring program. This program matches Canada’s Top 100 award winners with young women from across Canada for mentoring.
Eileen is currently Chair of the Research Committee and a Member of the Board of Governors for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Formerly, she was a Member of the Board of Trustees for Credit Valley Hospital, a Member of the Board of Directors for TOHealth! as well as a Member of the Board of Directors, Founding Officer and Director for the Canadian Healthcare Licensing Association.
Memberships and Affiliations
Eileen is a member of BIO, the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Licensing Executives Society. She is also on the Medical Devices Committee for the Food and Drug Law Institute.