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Ellen became a partner at Carbert Waite LLP in 2019.  She has 21 years of extensive litigation experience.

Ellen is well-known for successfully representing both employers and employees in a wide breadth of employment matters.   In addition, she is experienced with general commercial litigation and contract dispute matters.

Ellen splits her practice between employment and general litigation matters, and her strong interest in reproductive technology, and fertility law.

In terms of general litigation, Ellen acts for both employers and employees in a wide range of employment law and human rights matters.  These include drafting contracts, prosecuting and defending wrongful dismissal lawsuits and conducting harassment and other investigations.  Ellen acts for both employers and employees, which gives her a unique perspective in dealing with employment related matters.

Ellen regularly receives referrals from the larger firms in Calgary who are unable to handle plaintiff’s side employment matters for conflict of interest reasons.

Ellen also has significant experience in professional liability work, having represented lawyers, building professionals and various medical professionals in professional negligence actions. Ellen also litigates commercial matters, builder’s lien matters, collections matters and personal injury matters. Ellen has appeared at all levels of Alberta and Ontario Courts.

When she is not practicing law, Ellen sits on the Board of Directors of Quest Children’s Society and spends her weekends in beautiful Fernie, British Columbia.

For more information on Ellen’s reproductive technology and fertility law practice please click here.


  • University of Victoria, M.P.A., 1999
  • University of Victoria, LL.B., 1999
  • Queen’s University, B.A. (Hons), 1995

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Ontario (2001)
  • Law Society of Alberta (2003)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Association of Women Lawyers
  • American Academy Adoption and Reproductive Technology Attorneys

Will New Federal Regulations Change Surrogacy and Egg Donation in Canada?

June 17, 2020

Authors: Ellen Embury and Rachel West Many of our clients are asking about the impact of new Regulations under the federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act (the “Regulations”). After many years of fertility law practice and hundreds of surrogacy babies born to our clients, we continue to be asked: “is surrogacy…

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Pride in Business Community Spotlight

March 1, 2019

Pride in Business Community Spotlight Carbert Waite’s Ellen Embury and Rachel West were honoured to speak at the Pride in Business Community Spotlight on February 27th, 2019. This evening of networking with LGBTQ+ professionals and business owners was a great success, and Carbert Waite is delighted to continue supporting Pride in Business. Ellen and Rachel were…

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Pride in Business with Ellen and Rachel

February 25, 2019

Pride in Business with Ellen and Rachel Ellen Embury and Rachel West are featured in the February 2019 Pride in Business Spotlight. Pride in Business recognizes LGBTQ+ entrepreneurship, innovation, diversity, inclusion, mentorship and support in the Calgary community. The Spotlight interview with Ellen and Rachel covers their careers, services offered within their surrogacy and fertility practices,…

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