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

Ayanna enjoys advising on a broad range of business issues and structures, including joint ventures, secured transactions, amalgamations, shareholder agreements, corporate governance, purchase and sale of shares and assets, corporate-aboriginal law matters, director and officer liability, risk management, conflicts of interest and regulatory compliance. She 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, and administrative law.

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 the Office

Ayanna and her husband enjoy traveling to destinations around the world and having new experiences, volunteering at the local SPCA and providing a foster home for neglected cats. Ayanna also enjoys biking to work, running, 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
  • 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