Ellen K. Embury


Ellen has been practicing law for 20 years. For the last 15 years, she has specialized in the law of reproductive technology. She is widely recognized as Alberta’s leading practitioner in this developing area of the law. Ellen regularly speaks on fertility law matters.  She has co-chaired the three national conferences on fertility and surrogacy law which have been held in Canada since 2014.

Reproductive Technology Law
Ellen has helped hundreds of couples and individuals who wish to become parents, as well as surrogates (gestational carriers), with all aspects of surrogacy and fertility law. Ellen works with Intended Parents, surrogates (gestational carriers), and also with egg and sperm donors.

Personal Perspective
“Fifteen years ago I was practicing employment and general litigation law in Calgary. A personal friend was looking for a lawyer to help her draft a surrogacy agreement. I searched for a lawyer to refer her to, and I quickly discovered that there were no lawyers in Alberta with this expertise.

I realized that I had an opportunity to help people by creating Alberta based expertise this area of the law.

It is particularly fulfilling to me to help gay men and infertile people create families. I frequently hear from surrogates that their children are the best part of their lives. I feel the same way about my own two children–helping others achieve the goal of parenthood is very fulfilling.

I had worked with Rachel many times over the years and I knew that she had a keen interest in human rights issues and the psychology of interpersonal relationships. In 2016, I convinced her to leave her large corporate law firm and join me in practicing surrogacy, and fertility law. The rest, as they say, is history.
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  • University of Victoria, M.P.A., 1999
  • University of Victoria, LL.B., 1999
  • Queen’s University, B.A. (Hons), 1995
  • Ontario - 2001
  • Alberta - 2003
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association