Cecile McKenzie is an associate in the Banking & Specialty Finance and Insurance & Reinsurance Groups at Cassels. With the Banking & Specialty Finance Group, Cecile’s practise focuses on corporate transactions, commercial finance matters, and secured and unsecured lending. With the Insurance & Reinsurance Group, Cecile’s practice focuses on providing regulatory advice and acting for insurers and insurance brokers in mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Cassels as an associate, Cecile was both a summer and articling student at the firm.
Cecile obtained her J.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. During her time at the university, Cecile was actively involved in the student community. She volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, the Toronto Duty Counsel Assistance Program, and the David Asper Centre. She was also an executive member of the Black Law Students Association and a J.D. Ambassador. She received the Dean’s Leadership Award in 2018 for her contributions to the law school community.
Cecile completed a Masters degree in Criminology & Sociolegal studies at the University of Toronto in 2016. Prior to this, Cecile graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice & Public Policy and a minor in Family Relations and Human Development. She worked as a research assistant, a Canadian Border Services Officer and a support assistant during her undergraduate degree. In her spare time, Cecile enjoys exercising and listening to podcasts. Her favourite podcasts include This American Life, Revisionist History, and Hidden Brain. She also enjoys travelling, cooking, and reading fiction.