Wendy Lopez graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 2002 and obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. Throughout her studies, she worked at an immigration law firm and volunteered for several legal clinics. Upon her graduation, she travelled to South America to work for the United Nations in Caracas, Venezuela. After her term was complete, she returned to Canada to article with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).
Since 2008, Wendy has worked primarily in the education law field. She held positions at two school boards in the Greater Toronto Area. In her previous role as Legal Counsel for the TDSB, Wendy advised and represented the Board primarily on administrative, education, labour and human rights matters. As General Counsel to the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, she provided support to several central areas, such as Admissions, International Programs, Planning and Operations, Privacy and Access, Risk Management, Safe Schools, and Supply Chain Management among others. In June 2017, Wendy began a new General Counsel role at the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario.
She has presented on a variety of legal topics affecting school boards at the Ontario Bar Association, OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) Law Institute, Toronto School Administrators’ Association (TSAA), and the Council of School Attorneys (COSA) in the United States. She also co-authored an article related to the accommodation of students in the schools, which was re-published in the Education & Law Journal and with the Ontario Bar Association.