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Jeremy D. Burke

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2009

Jeremy works collaboratively with his clients to ensure he is positioned to deliver insightful, practical and reliable advice and solutions. He is understanding of his clients’ business realities, priorities and pressures, having worked in operations management prior to becoming a lawyer. Clients value his business-minded approach and exceptional service.

Jeremy is a member of the firm’s Corporate/Commercial Group, Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity Group, Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Team, Transportation Team, Technology Team and Cannabis Team. His corporate/commercial practice focuses primarily on private business mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, corporate structuring and ongoing governance, commercial agreements of numerous varieties, and shareholders’ agreements and other business ownership arrangements. Jeremy also provides regulatory advice to both public and private companies in industries including transportation, professional services, franchising, manufacturing, retail and import/export.

Jeremy’s charity and not-for-profit practice includes assisting clients with obtaining or amending charitable registration, implementing governance best practices, incorporating and governing under not-for-profit corporate statutes, preparing charity-specific forms of agreement (e.g., gift, agency/intermediary, fundraising), merging charities, obtaining charitable gaming licenses, and assisting with general corporate or commercial matters.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recipient of the Lang Michener LLP Prize in Commercial Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2007
  • Recipient of the Jack Friedman, Q.C. Book Prize in Commercial Real Estate, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2007

Professional Involvement

Community Involvement

  • Churches-on-the-Hill Food Bank, Corporate Secretary (2016 to Present)
  • The Leo Baeck Day School, Board of Directors (2013 to 2017)
  • Jewish Family & Child Service of Greater Toronto, Resource Committee (2017 to Present)

Selected Speaking Engagements

Speaker at the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario, 2011 Annual Conference, November 8, 2011, addressing legal issues relevant to Ontario’s hospital auxiliaries including the new Federal and Ontario not-for-profit legislation, special risks for unincorporated associations and director/officer liability.

Presenter at June 19, 2012 webinar presented by Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors (Now AdvantAge Ontario) addressing not-for-profit corporate governance best practices. 

Selected Publications

"Ontario hopes to moderate charity rule requiring court order for director payments," The Lawyer's Daily, September 20, 2017.

"Ontario Proposes to Ease Rule Against Payments to Charity Directors," Aird & Berlis LLP Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Bulletin, August 2, 2017. 

"The Tricky Question of Director Benefits," Imagine Canada, June 13, 2017.

“Governance and Member Rights Under New Not-For-Profit Legislation,” Association™ (the magazine of the Canadian Society of Association Executives), October/November 2011.

“Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 and the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act,” Aird & Berlis LLP Not-for-Profit Bulletin, October 14, 2011.

“Duties (Not) Owed to Borrowers,” National Banking Law Review, December 2007, Vol. 26, No. 6.


Publications Article Jul 12, 2018 Cannabis Regulations Published – Licensing Basics
Publications Article Jun 14, 2017 The Tricky Question of Director Benefits


  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2008
  • Canadian Securities Course (Hons.), Canadian Securities Institute, 1999
  • BA, Economics (with Distinction), Concordia University, 1999