Sheila MacKinnon

Sheila MacKinnon
Shibley Righton LLP
Managing Partner, Windsor Office
Civil Litigation, Employment & Labour, Regulatory, Education

Sheila MacKinnon, managing partner of Shibley Righton LLP's Windsor, Ont. office, focuses on civil litigation, education and public law, and labour and employment law.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Carleton University in 1982, before earning her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1985. Ms. MacKinnon was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987.

Focusing on civil litigation, education, and employment law, Ms. MacKinnon handles matters concerning legislative analysis, policy development, privacy law, special education, human rights, and workplace investigations.

She has conducted workshops and advised on such topics as parliamentary procedure, running board meetings, conflict of interest, and trustee code of conduct and enforcement.

In addition, Ms. MacKinnon has advised on the development and amendment of corporate and school board bylaws and governing policies, and has developed and presented webcasts for the Ontario Public School Boards Association on governance and parliamentary procedure.

Ms. MacKinnon is past chair and a member of the board of governors of the University of Windsor and is past chair of the board of the United Communities Credit Union. She has been on the board of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education, the Toronto Educational Opportunity Fund, the Crime Concern of Metropolitan Toronto, and the Essex Business Improvement Association.

Sheila MacKinnon Posts

The big picture: life as a school board trustee

Those considering running for the office of school trustee in 2018 should understand the mandate of a school board, the role of an individual trustee and the board of trustees as a whole, says education and employment lawyer Sheila MacKinnon. Read more

Women on corporate boards: a worthy mission

Acting as a director on her first corporate board has had a positive domino effect for Windsor employment and education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon. Read more

External counsel a good bet when lacking in-house experience

Organizations have increasingly found efficiencies by using in-house lawyers, but sometimes there is a need for them to seek outside help, says Windsor employment and education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon. Read more

Bill 68 would modernize municipal councils, school boards

New legislation under consideration in Ontario would allow more flexibility for those seeking elected office, says Windsor public law lawyer Sheila MacKinnon. Read more

Employer's financial position not relevant in termination pay

An employer’s financial position should not be a consideration in determining termination pay, says employment and education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon. Read more

Students with special needs aged 18 and older falling between the cracks

School boards and parents are grappling with a gap in services for children with special needs between the... Read more

Internet use at schools must be monitored to ensure safety

As schools continue to evolve with technology by offering expanded wi-fi access and more digital educational tools, it’s important to also stay up to date with rules around appropriate use of these devices, says education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon. Read more

NOTL's last elementary school to close: Divisional Court

An Ontario Divisional Court has upheld a school board decision to close Niagara-on-the-Lake’s last elementary school in a ruling that acknowledges how difficult and heart wrenching such closures can be for communities, says education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon , a partner with Shibley Righton LLP. Read more

Workshop to outline guidelines, policies protecting students

Education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon will present a workshop on the regulations and policies in place to protect students at the upcoming Ontario Public School Boards’ Association annual general meeting. Read more

Dress code rules unlikely to be black and white: MacKinnon

The creation of a school dress code requires the often delicate balance between the right to freely express oneself and the need for school environments to be respectful and appropriate, says education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon. Read more

Transgender guidelines helpful to schools, staff, students

New guidelines released by the Nova Scotia government to help schools, staff and students support transgender and gender non-conforming students are certain to help stakeholders navigate difficult situations in the future, says education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon. Read more

Ombudsman’s oversight expanded to cover school boards

The Ontario ombudsman’s new powers over school boards appear to be unnecessary given the built-in oversight and appeal processes already encompassed in the province’s education system, says education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon. Read more

Questions raised over trustees' scope of power

Principals of a school have a duty to ensure the safety of students and others while on school premises, says education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon. Read more

Violent students to be part of discussion at annual program

The difficult issue of how to balance the rights of students with special needs who pose a risk of harm to others with the rights of other students and staff to a safe environment is slated to be discussed by education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon at an upcoming Osgoode Professional Development program. Read more