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Kathryn Beck

Kathryn L. Beck

Associate Fasken
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2011
Language(s) English
Office(s) London , Toronto

Kathryn is a senior associate with a corporate, regulatory and public policy practice primarily focused on the health sector.

Corporate & Board Governance

Kathryn advises for-profit, not-for-profit and charitable entities—primarily in the health sector—on a broad range of corporate matters. She drafts services agreements, consulting agreements, shareholder agreements, memoranda of understanding and donation and sponsorship agreements, among others. She routinely provides advice on corporate governance matters, including by-laws, board policies and board education and training. She advises on legal requirements and good governance practices relating to fiduciary duties, conflicts of interest, and board recruitment and diversity.

Kathryn has worked on health system integrations, including amalgamations, shared service arrangements and alliances. In this context, she has conducted due diligence and assisted with the drafting of substantive agreements and memoranda of understanding. She assists clients with preparing regulatory approval requests, including business cases for Section 4 approval under the Public Hospitals Act and voluntary integration notices under the Local Health System Integration Act.

In addition, she works with charities and non-profits on the legal and strategic considerations for establishing ancillary businesses, social enterprises and mission-related investments.

Health Regulatory, Public Policy & Ethics

In addition to her corporate practice, Kathryn provides advice on a range of health regulatory and public policy matters, including on the application of health legislation such as the Health Insurance Act, the Commitment to the Future of Medicare Act, the Independent Health Facilities Act, Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act and others. She has advised healthcare providers and drug and medical device companies on managing and avoiding conflict of interests. She has worked with health professional regulatory colleges, including assisting with drafting regulations and by-laws as well as providing other corporate and regulatory advice.

Kathryn has worked with various health sector entities and government agencies on governance models and accountability, including a regional initiative to coordinate seniors’ care service delivery and a multi-LHIN electronic health record project. In 2013, she led the legal research contribution for the Institute of Public Administration’s report on Healthcare Governance Models in Canada. She frequently publishes and speaks on topical issues in health law, policy and governance.

Kathryn is well-versed in broader public sector transparency and accountability laws applicable to the health sector in Ontario. She provides advice relating to regulatory compliance, including advice in relation to broader public sector compensation restraints, lobbying, elections law, and domestic and international standards for anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance.

Kathryn is an Ontario lawyer and is currently based out of the firm’s London, UK office. From London, she continues to serve Canadian clients as well as providing support to UK-based and other entities who may be interested in investing in Canadian healthcare.


  • JD University of Toronto
  • MA, International Relations University of Toronto
  • BA (Hons), Political Studies Queen's University

Community involvement

  • Co-Chair of Legal Research, the equality effect, 2013 - Present
  • Legal Member, Toronto East General Research Ethics Board, 2011 - 2016 
  • Ontario Bar Association, Health Law Section Executive, 2015 - 2016
  • Peer Reviewer, Health Law in Canada, 2017 - Present

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Charity Law Association (U.K.)
Conflict of Interest in Health Care: The Board's Role in Maintaining Integrity and Accountability location location Collingwood The Blue Mountains, Ontario
The Nuts and Bolts: Overview of Health Law in Canada, the Carter Decision and the Medical Aid in Dying Landscape location location Toronto


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