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Kate Broer - Dentons Canada LLP. Toronto, ON, CA

Kate Broer

Partner | Dentons Canada LLP

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Award-winning, high-profile litigation lawyer, and co-chair of Dentons Canada's one-of-a-kind National Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.





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Kate is a partner in the litigation group. She regularly acts as counsel in a variety of corporate and commercial matters with a focus on securities and investment dealer disputes and regulatory compliance and also in the areas of environmental, real estate and product liability.

Kate has experience in all levels of court and before a variety of regulatory bodies and tribunals, including the Environmental Review Tribunal, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Ontario Securities Commission, IIROC and the Mutual Fund Dealers’ Association. She provides valued litigation and business advice to clients including with respect to risk management and mitigation.

In addition, Kate has experience acting in connection with contaminated land disputes and environmental spills both in the litigation and regulatory context. She has experience in dealing with site clean-up, risk assessment and indemnity claims.

She has litigated a number of complex, multi-party disputes involving complicated expert evidence in a range of areas from building science, structural engineering and real estate valuation to organic chemistry and environmental science.

Kate is Co-Chair of Dentons Canada’s National Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Dentons was named one of Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2011 and 2012.

In 2009, Kate was recognized as one of Canada's Litigation Lawyers to Watch by The LEXPERT Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.

Industry Expertise (2)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Legal Services

Areas of Expertise (5)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Professional Liability

Securities Litigation

Environmental Review Tribunals

Diversity Initiatives in the Legal Profession

Accomplishments (4)

Partner – Dentons Canada LLP (professional)

Dentons is a global firm driven to provide you with the competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. We were formed by the March 2013 combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton.

Mentor – Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (professional)

The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council is a multi-stakeholder council that brings leadership together to create and champion solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the Toronto Region labour market. We connect companies to programs that can help them better recruit and retain immigrants; we develop and distribute learning tools and curriculum; and we help immigrants build their professional connections through mentoring and professional immigrant networks.

Recipient – LEXPERT's "Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40" award (professional)

In 2008, Kate received LEXPERT's "Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40" award, which honours Canada's Leading Lawyers and Corporate Counsel under 40 and pays tribute to the rising stars of the legal community.

Recipient – Leading Executive Ally Award (professional)


In 2012, Kate received the Leading Executive Ally Award, as part of the annual Leaders to be Proud of Awards. The Leading Executive Ally Award is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to advancing LGBTQA issues in the business or professional community through advocacy and outreach as an active, empowered ally. The Leaders to Be Proud of Awards recognize senior executives of the Canadian professional community.

Education (2)

University of Toronto: B.A. (Hons.) 1993

Osgoode Hall Law School: LL.B. 1996

Event Appearances (15)

Pitfalls of Remediation Plans

FMC Environmental Seminar  Toronto, Ontario


Bay Street Initiatives on Diversity

Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers Annual Conference  University of Toronto


Making the Invisible Minority Visible: Creating executive visibility within LGBT ERGs

Pride At Work Canada Event Series  Toronto, Ontario


From Inspiration to Mentorship – Those Who Have Shaped the Legal Community

Thirteenth Colloquium on the Legal Profession  University of Toronto Centre for the Legal Profession


Facilitating Diversity and Inclusion: Similar Countries, Different Experiences

Association of Corporate Counsel NY Chapter Event Series  New York City


Diversity Leader Workshop

Continuing Professional Development Bootcamp  Toronto, Ontario


Avoiding Frostbite: A Primer on Cross-Border M&A Deals

FMC Law Event Series  New York City


Facilitating Diversity: Similar countries, different experiences; how historical context informs how we address diversity today

American Bar Association Annual Meeting  Toronto, Ontario


More Than Just Cold Air - Hot Topics for U.S. Companies Doing Business in Canada

ACC DELVACCA Chapter Event Series  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Understanding the Generational Divide

Women in Law Conference - 3rd Annual Conference  Chicago, Illinois


Advancing Women's Initiatives in a Challenging Economy: A Discussion of Innovative Practices in Law Firms

Catalyst Canada Seminar Series  Webinar


Work-Life Balance

Young Women of Influence Event Series  Toronto, Ontario


Becoming a Culturally Competent Organization

The Conference Board of Canada's Workplace Diversity and Inclusiveness Conference  Toronto, Ontario


International Commercial Arbitration – The Canadian Experience

First Annual Canada-China Lawyers Forum  Toronto, Ontario


Crafting Successful Opening and Closing Statements

Insight Information's 4th Annual Commercial and Civil Litigation Series  Toronto, Ontario

Sample Talks (2)

Avoiding Frostbite: A Primer on Cross-Border M&A Deals

Canada’s powerful resource sector and strong banking system have created a platform for incredible deal activity, bringing numbers back to pre-financial crisis levels. Investors flush with cash and confident in the credit markets are beginning to build their portfolios with Canadian assets, proving the Great White North a less frigid place to do business for foreign investors. This presentation provides a clear sense of the legal and business considerations at the outset of every transaction.

Becoming a Culturally Competent Organization

Organizations are comprised of individuals raised within different cultures. These cultures and their history create beliefs, values, perspectives, and behaviours, including about how individuals and groups interact with each other. To become truly inclusive, leaders and their teams must build cultural intelligence so they can work effectively with others from different cultures. Kate will describe how different organizations have addressed this issue.


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*Will consider certain engagements for no fee