Cate grew up on a dairy farm near Embro, Ontario and continues to be actively involved in her family’s dairy operation. She owns a number of cattle under the Catidid prefix.
Cate attended the University of Guelph where she studied Animal Science and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. She then completed a Masters of Science at the Ontario Veterinary College, focusing on the genetics of dairy calf health. Cate graduated with a J.D. from Western Law in 2014 and was called to the Ontario bar in 2015.
Following her call to the bar, Cate returned home and started her legal career at Monteith Ritsma Phillips Professional Corporation. Cate has assisted clients in a variety of areas of law, including family law, real estate, and wills and estates. She has a particular interest in assisting clients in transitioning their farms, whether it is to the next generation or a new owner.
Outside of the office, Cate enjoys helping out on the farm, reading, going to the gym and spending time with family and friends.