Wendy Whelan

Wendy Whelan  


Executive Summary

Wendy Whelan is a partner in the Health Law Group of the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Wendy defends hospitals and their employees in medical negligence claims with a focus on brain injuries and civil sexual assault matters. Wendy also provides advice to hospital clients and Community Care Access Centres on risk management, patient/client care issues, and Consent and Capacity Board (CCB) and Health Services Appeal and Review Board (HSARB) matters. Wendy represents clients at all levels of the Ontario courts, tribunals, mediations and Coroner's inquests.

Wendy completed her articles at BLG. During her first year of practice she was seconded to the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC). Wendy enjoys golfing, pilates and reading classic literature.

Representative Work

  • Acting for HIROC in all areas of medical negligence litigation.
  • Representing the Niagara Health System in the Reilly Anzovino Inquest.
  • Representing clients at the Human Rights Tribunal.
  • Represents clients at the CCB and HSARB.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Chair, Osgoode Certificate in Health Law, 2012-2015.
  • Presenter, "Civil Sexual Assault Claims", HIROC U.
  • Co-Presenter, "Role of the SDM & When Should the CCAC Initiate a Form G," Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres Conference, June 2012.
  • Presenter, "Anzovino Inquest," Osgoode Certificate in Health Law, May 2012.
  • Co-Presenter, "End of Life," HIROC Webinar, March 2012.
  • Presenter, "The Obstetrical Negligence Claim," Reducing the Risks of Obstetrical Malpractice Conference, June 2011.
  • Co-Presenter, "Medical Negligence and Charting, Best Practices for Reducing Liability," Legal Risk Management for Nurses, Osgoode Hall Law School, June 2011-2014.
  • Author/Presenter, "The Patient Relations File," HIROC Connection and HIROC Webinar, May 2011.
  • Presenter, "Standard of Care," Osgoode Certificate in Health Law, May 2011-2014.
  • Presenter, "Giving Evidence at Examinations for Discovery," St. John's Rehab, William Osler, Credit Valley Hospital, 2009 and 2010.
  • Author, "Governing Law and Jurisdiction," Risk Management in Canadian Health Care 9 RM CHC 2007.
  • Presenter, "Legal Importance of Documentation", University Health Network, Mount Sinai Hospital, HIROC, St. Elizabeth, North York General Hospital, 2007-2015

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition (and since 2018) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Health Care Law; Medical Negligence).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Medical Negligence).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Health Law).