About Emma

Emma is part of the Business Law Team, focused on commercial transactions, financing, real estate, contracts and negotiations.

In her previous work life, Emma spent almost two decades nurturing her own successful small business. As a former entrepreneur Emma can easily put herself in the position of her clients who are business owners, taking their perspectives and protecting their interests throughout important transactions. Emma has diverse interests and work experience from which she can draw, which often leads to creative solutions and flagging important issues for her clients’ consideration.

When not at work you can usually find Emma outside by the water or on the trails. Emma is one of BoyneClarke’s avid runners, having completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2018.

Emma's Background


  • 2021: JD, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Criminal Justice Certificate
  • 1999: MA, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia
  • 1997: BSc, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, First Class Honours


  • 2022: Investigator, Federal Government of Canada
  • 2021: Policy Analyst, Federal Government of Canada
  • 2019: Intelligence Analyst, Federal Government of Canada
  • 2003-2019: Peace Officer, Trainer, Programs Officer, Federal Government of Canada
  • 2002-2021: Small Business Owner, Emma Rose Photography

Professional Memberships

  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association
  • Member - Real Estate Lawyers Association of Nova Scotia
  • Member - Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)

Community Activities

  • Member - 100 Women Who Care Halifax
  • Member - Equity Diversity Inclusion & Reconciliation Committee, BOYNECLARKE LLP
  • Former Member - Wedding Photojournalist Association
  • Former Member - Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association
  • Former Member - Fearless Photographers
  • Former Member - International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers

Awards and Honours

  • 2019, Leonard Kitz QC Prize in Advocacy (Smith Shield Moot)
  • 2019, John V O'Dea Prize
  • 2019, Carbon Majors Inquiry Student Writing Competition
  • 2019, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 4th Place Applicant Memorial, 4th Place Overall Memorials
  • 1994, Lockward Memorial Scholarship


  • Emma Goulden, “Professional Money Launderers in Canada: Restructuring the Criminal Code Offence to Remove Legal Obstacles to Prosecution” (2020) 25:2 Can Crim L Rev 123.