February 1, 2017
Wendy Walberg appointed Toronto's new City Solicitor
City Council yesterday approved the appointment of Wendy Walberg as Toronto’s new City Solicitor, effective February 15.
"The appointment of Ms. Walberg as the City Solicitor is excellent news," said Mayor John Tory. "Her extensive knowledge of municipal law, solid record in numerous areas of legal practice and impressive service to the City of Toronto make her the ideal candidate. I commend the selection panel for its work to fill this very important role in the City's administration."
Walberg is a long-serving member of the Toronto Public Service, having joined the Legal Services division in 1992 shortly after her call to the bar. In her roles as solicitor and practice lead, she has extensive experience with numerous facets of municipal law including city governance, council procedures, intergovernmental relations, elections and ward boundary issues, public service by-law and municipal charter, land use planning access and privacy matters, and employment and human rights.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Wendy to her new role as City Solicitor,” said City Manager Peter Wallace. “She is an insightful and innovative lawyer who has already proven herself an asset to the City's administration and Council alike.”
Walberg is a prominent municipal lawyer who studied at Carleton University and Osgoode Hall Law School. She has an LLM in Administrative Law and is certified as a specialist in Municipal Law (local government) by the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is an experienced public speaker on various aspects of municipal law, having presented to Osgoode Hall Law School, the Municipal Law Departments Association of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the University of Toronto.
Walberg is also a recipient of the 2014 City of Toronto Ombudsman Award for Public Service.
Walberg takes over the position from Anna Kinastowski, who retired last year. Brian Haley has served as interim City Solicitor for the past eight months.
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