Ayanna Ferdinand Catlyn
Ayanna Ferdinand Catlyn
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Ayanna Ferdinand Catlyn focuses her practice on general corporate and commercial law. She serves as a local agent for Canadian and international businesses, not-for-profit organizations and law firms seeking opinions or direct assistance with corporate, real estate and financing transactions impacting their operations within the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon. She also has a general solicitor’s practice dedicated to serving similar business needs of clients based in the northern territories.

Ayanna has vast experience managing a broad range of business issues and structures, including joint ventures, secured transactions, amalgamations, shareholder agreements, corporate governance, purchase and sale of assets, corporate-aboriginal law matters, director and officer liability, risk management, conflicts of interest and regulatory compliance. She also regularly negotiates and documents simple and complex agreements. 

Ayanna also regularly advises the Northwest Territories Public Utilities Board on daily operational decisions, long-term organizational strategy, corporate and commercial issues, policies and procedures, administrative law and health law matters involving the region’s hospitals and other health care facilities.

In addition to her corporate and commercial practice, Ayanna collaborates with the firm’s Alberta Wills, Trusts and Estates Group to serve the estate planning and will preparation needs of individuals and families throughout the Northwest Territories.

Ayanna is called to the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon  and Ontario Bars.

Value to Clients

Before joining the firm, Ayanna served as general counsel and corporate secretary for several organizations for more than a decade, including successfully amalgamating one of the largest hospitals in Ontario. She was a key member of her clients’ leadership teams, advising executives on strategy and negotiating multi-million-dollar transactions. Ayanna’s in-house experience taught her important principles that she applies to her private practice today, including the importance of adding daily value to her clients’ operations, ensuring that their interests always come first and energetic dedication to every file.

Outside of Work

Ayanna and her husband enjoy traveling to destinations around the world, volunteering at the local SPCA and providing a foster home for neglected cats. Ayanna also enjoys biking to work, exercising, skiing and a variety of Northern sports.

NWT Bar Association Privacy Law Section
Canadian College of Health Leaders
2003 - Present
Canadian Bar Association
2003 - Present
Certified Specialist
Health Law
Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce
Chair, Bylaw Committee
2016 - 2016
Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce
2016 - 2016
Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce
Vice President
2014 - 2015
North West Territories SPCA
Volunteer Support
2016 - Present
January 2016
The Role of the Board - Practical Strategies to Add Value and Minimize Risk
Halsbury Medicine and Health
One Year Later: Ontario Hospitals and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
General Counsel's Role in Maximizing Board Effectiveness
Almost Right: The Application of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to Hospitals
General Counsel's Role in Maximizing Board Effectiveness
Optimizing Electronic Health Record and Information Systems
Optimizing Electronic Health Record and Information Systems
General Counsel's Role in Maximizing Board Effectiveness
Capacity and Evidentiary Comment: The Supreme Court's Decision in Starson
  • Amalgamated two major hospitals in Ontario
  • Local counsel for a $40 million refinancing on behalf of a major real estate investment company 
  • Acted as local counsel in a commercial real estate transaction for local Ford dealerships by Capital Automotive Real Estate Services Inc. group of companies


Dalhousie University, 2002, Masters Health Service Administration
Dalhousie University, 2002, Bachelor of Laws
Concordia University, 1998, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Northwest Territories,2013