About Raylene

Raylene maintains a varied litigation practice with a focus on administrative law, health law, municipal law, class actions, and energy and natural resources.  Raylene has appeared before a number of courts and administrative tribunals including the NS Supreme Court, the NS Provincial Court, the NS Small Claims Court, the NS Utility and Review Board, and various statutory hearing tribunals.

Holding a Master’s degree in health administration and assisting in the development of regulatory frameworks, regulations, by-laws, and policies for a number of professional colleges throughout Atlantic Canada, Raylene is well-positioned to advise on regulatory legislation and to represent clients in professional discipline proceedings. Raylene routinely advises professional colleges on current best practices and regulatory requirements in the areas of social media, virtual healthcare, professional mobility, registration, quality assurance, investigations, fitness-to-practice, and professional conduct processes. She also delivers training specific to the needs of statutory committees, assisting regulators in achieving their public-interest mandate.

During law school, Raylene volunteered on various health law-related projects through Pro Bono Students Canada and received several awards and accolades. She was member of the Gale Cup Criminal/Constitutional Moot team, received the A.S Patillo Prize for Advocacy upon winning Dalhousie’s Smith Shield Moot Competition, and received the G.O Forsyth Prize for Scholarship and Character upon graduation.

Raylene is an engaged participant in McInnes Cooper’s pro-bono program, where she has advised clients on matters relating to human rights, housing, and applications for representation under the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act. An avid cyclist, she is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Halifax Cycling Coalition and is a long-time participant the QE2 Ride for Cancer fundraiser, having raised thousands of dollars for cancer care in Nova Scotia.

Raylene is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Advocates Society, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation. Outside of the office, you can find her guest-lecturing at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Health, running, backcountry camping, or tending to her many plants.

Education

  • J.D., Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (2020)
  • Master of Health Administration, Dalhousie University (2020)
  • B.A. (Hons.), Dalhousie University (2016)

Bar Admissions

  • Nova Scotia (2021)

Languages

  • English

Memberships

  • Past Chair, Halifax Cycling Coalition

    Appointments & Community Involvement

    • Board of Director, Halifax Cycling Coalition (2019-2023)
    • Organizational Team Lead, Frontier College (2014-2018)