Daphne Mackenzie

Class of 1985-1986

Daphne Mackenzie is a graduate of the LLB class of 1986 from the law school at UBC having first obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto in 1983. She currently works as a Partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP (“Stikeman Elliott”) in Toronto where she is the Head of the firm’s Banking and Finance Group. A core focus of her legal practice involves project financing for international mining projects.

Mackenzie was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988 and spent many years practising as a lawyer in the UK. While based in London, Mackenzie’s work also involved project and infrastructure financing with a focus on Eastern Europe. Her practice at Stikeman Elliott now involves projects across the globe including South America, Europe, and Africa.

From 2002 to 2005, Mackenzie served as an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario where she taught advanced company law. From 2002 to 2012 Mackenzie expanded her involvement in the broader legal community as a member of the National Committee on Accreditation (“NCA”)—a standing Committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. From 2006 to 2012 Mackenzie served as the Chair of the NCA.

As an expert in banking and finance transactions, Mackenzie publishes extensively through Stikeman Elliott’s Knowledge Hub. She is also a co-author of Personal Property Security Law in Ontario (LexisNexis, 2014).

Over the course of her career, Mackenzie has received numerous accolades for her outstanding legal work including recognition from Lexpert, Best Lawyers in Canada, the Legal 500, and the International Financial Law Review. In 2020 Chambers Canada named Mackenzie as a leading lawyer in Banking & Finance.