Rapid-Fire Round with Heidi Schedler

  • March 24, 2021
  • Lynne Yryku

Rapid-Fire Round with Heidi Schedler

Are you excited about the idea of going to the CCCA’s National Conference on April 22, but feeling a bit hesitant because it is virtual and you won’t know anyone? Are you keen to meet other in-house counsel, but not really sure how to go about it? We are launching this “Rapid-Fire Round” series to help.

Here you can “meet” a CCCA Executive Committee member who will be at the Conference. Then if you have questions about them and their work with the CCCA at the national or local level, feel free to message them through the Conference platform.


heidi schedler the canadian bar associationHeidi Schedler

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Halifax Water / CCCA Executive Committee Member-at-Large
Halifax, NS


1. Who is your hero?

My boss, Cathie O’Toole. She is pretty amazing and definitely someone to emulate. 

2. What do you like most about your career?

The variety. I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to work for some amazing people on some very interesting issues.

3. What makes you laugh?

A lot. But no one makes me laugh like my BFFs do!

4. When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?

Lately, life has been pretty low key, so I have been crocheting and cooking in my spare time. Fitness and exercise are also a big part of my life, including skiing (downhill and Nordic), snowshoeing, yoga, running, rowing and biking.

5. How would your friends describe you?

Probably with a lot of words that would make me laugh, but that I would not want others to hear! But, if they knew it was a public audience, then I expect they would say I am driven.

6. What three books do you consider critical reading for an in-house counsel?

I am more of an audiobook person than a law book person. Three audiobooks that I enjoyed immensely are:

  • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

  • The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

7. What is the one thing you wish you had known before becoming in-house counsel?

How much fun it would be!

8. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

I don’t know if this counts as advice, but my dad once explained that trust as a tree: you can either nourish it and encourage it to grow or hack away at it with an axe. It is an image that has always stuck with me and the desire to avoid creating a trust-stump has guided many of my decisions.


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Lynne Yryku is the Executive Editor of The In-House Edition.