About Me


I am a partner* of Ridout & Maybee LLP, an intellectual property firm established in 1893 with offices in Toronto, Ottawa (where I live and practice) and Mississauga. I have practised for 25 years in the intellectual property field with emphasis on trade-mark and copyright matters and I am certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Intellectual Property Law: Trade-mark/Copyright. With the able assistance of my dedicated and hard working administrative assistant and colleagues at my firm, I also service a busy intellectual property practice.

(*Practising through Janet Fuhrer Professional Corporation)


I grew up just outside Bolton, Ontario and moved to Toronto for undergraduate studies in economics and political science at the University of Toronto for two years. I then moved to Kingston for law school at Queen’s University. It was back to Toronto for articling at a general firm and four years as an associate at an IP boutique until we (my husband and I) moved to Ottawa where we have been living ever since. For seven years, I was an associate and then a partner at a large, general firm and subsequently joined Ridout & Maybee, another IP boutique which has been my professional home for the last 14 years. I have served on our firm’s Executive Committee twice and I have mentored several of our associates. Feeling bereft of a second degree for many years, I also continued my legal education by obtaining an LL.M. in e-Business from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Several years ago, I spoke at a Women in Law Conference in Ottawa about confronting challenges and the role of attitude. My presentation contained the following bullet points which summarize several of my characteristics that I would bring to my role as Second Vice-President and future CBA Executive positions:

    • Setting and achieving goals
    • Completing tasks
    • Embracing challenges
    • Seeing opportunities

 I took up running as a hobby in the fall of 2010 and I ran my first 10K race on May 26, 2012 as part of the Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend. I am definitely more tortoise than hare but finished the race at a respectable 1:14 minutes and continue to enjoy running!