Linda J. Godel

Partner and Chair, Not-for-Profit & Charities Group

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Linda J. Godel

Linda is a partner at Torkin Manes and chairs the firm's Not-for-Profit & Charities Law Group. She counsels a wide range of not-for-profit organizations and charities (including charitable organizations and private and public foundations). Her clients include professional and industry associations, self-regulated bodies and organizations in such fields as religion, health, education, social services, poverty abatement, childcare, athletics and recreation.

Linda acts as external general counsel to numerous not-for-profit organizations, both charitable and non-charitable. She has advised organizations in the third sector on structuring and restructuring matters, corporate governance, by-law interpretation, directors’ and officers’ liability, compliance issues, cross-border and international relationships and gifting, endowment and fundraising issues. She also provides general commercial advice to not-for-profits and charities.

Credentials & Affiliations

  • Credentials
  • Memberships
  • Community Involvement
  • Ontario Bar, 1989
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1987
  • BA (with Distinction), McGill University, 1984
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Member of the Executive and various committees, Canadian Bar Association – Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section
  • Member of various working committees and past Chair, Ontario Bar Association – Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Section
  • Former Member, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Not-For-Profit Governance Committee
  • Member, Not-for-Profit Joint Working Group, Modernization of the Legal Framework Governing Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations, Ontario Bar Association – Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Section (with Business Law Section)
  • Member, Ontario's Business Law Advisory Council, Not-For-Profit Subcommittee, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, 2016 - 2017
  • Member, Government of Ontario’s Social Enterprise Stakeholder Panel, February - May, 2014
  • Co-Chair, Canadian Bar Association/Ontario Bar Association National Charity Law Symposium, 2007 - 2011
  • Former director and member of Fundraising Committee and Governance Committee, Bialik Hebrew Day School
  • Former director and member of Executive Committee, Executive Search Committee and Finance Committee, Integra Foundation