Kristen Courtney

Squamish Lawyer - Chris York

Kristen Courtney grew up in rural Ontario before moving to Ottawa to complete a Bachelor of Humanities at Carleton University, where she received the Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She then obtained her law degree at the University of Toronto, where she was awarded the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Fellowship and the Fogler Rubinoff Prize in Municipal and Planning Law.

Throughout her studies, Kristen wore many hats, working at various times as a cycle touring guide, a French tutor, a personal support worker for the elderly, a barista, a teleservices agent, and in outdoor retail. She also made time for a bike ride from Halifax to Bella Coola to raise funds for cancer research, and a busy schedule as a community activist, advocating for safe bike lanes and sustainable urban transportation in Toronto.

Upon receiving her law degree, Kristen articled in Brantford, Ontario, where she practiced civil litigation, representing both individual and corporate clients in various courts and tribunals. She was called to the bar in Ontario in 2009 and in British Columbia in 2011.

Kristen then worked for the Parliament of Canada, providing legal analysis to M.P.s and senators, particularly in the areas of natural resources, environmental assessment, and aboriginal law; and then for Saxe Law Office as a contract lawyer while she pursued her other part-time career as a downhill mountain bike racer, racing in national and international events across North America.

After many years visiting and living part-time in the Sea to Sky, Kristen is very excited to finally call Squamish home again. She joined Toews & Co. in 2015, where she practices in litigation and solicitor’s work. When not at the office or off racing, Kristen can usually be found in the bike park, trail riding in Squamish, or backcountry skiing.