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Kathleen Leighton

Practice Innovation Lawyer

Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2



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Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 2016

After practicing corporate immigration for several years, Kathleen saw an opportunity to innovate within the Immigration Group. She works closely with the group on project management, process improvement, business development, and knowledge base development, as well as supporting clients on these endeavors as needed. Additionally, Kathleen is involved in other firm-focused innovation initiatives regarding client solutions, practice re-engineering, project management, and digital literacy.

Kathleen has her Yellow Belt Certification in Legal Lean Sigma ® Process Improvement & Project Management and experience in pricing, data analytics, database design, Excel, SmartSheet, automated document assembly (Doxsera), and other fields and technologies that allow her to work with internal and external stakeholders on practice innovation initiatives.

Education & Career


Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, JD, 2015
Dalhousie University, BComm (Co-op), 2012


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Coordinator, Stewart McKelvey Beyond the  border: Immigration update publications
Peer educator, IB&M Society, 2013 – 2015
Volunteer, Community Outreach Program, Schulich School of Law, 2012 – 2015
Executive secretary, Community Outreach Program, Schulich School of Law, 2013 – 2015
Volunteer, Pro Bono Project, Schulich School of Law, 2012 – 2015
Volunteer, Business Law Associaiton, Schulich School of Law


Clifford Rae Achievement Award
Gowlings Law & Technology Prize
Dalhousie Schulich School of Law Entrance Scholarship
Eaton Foundation Scholarship
Dean’s List, Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University Entrance Scholarship

Thought Leadership


“COVID-19 Overview for Employers of Foreign Workers”, Stewart McKelvey Fall Labour and Employment webinar, November 2020

“Top 5 Immigration Considerations for Employers”, Stewart McKelvey Nova Scotia Labour and Employment Law Client Seminar, October 2018

“Immigration Update – Key Opportunities and Risks for Employers”, Stewart McKelvey In-House Counsel Professional Development Day, April 2017

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