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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: André Royer
- 26 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers stellar coverage across labour and employment law in Canada, with superb practices in Québec and Ontario, as well as providing strong support in both British Columbia and Alberta. The team is well versed in a wide range of matters, from collective bargaining to transaction-related labour relations, human rights and grievance arbitration. It has further expertise representing clients before various courts and tribunals, and has an enviable client roster featuring noted players from the retail, construction, healthcare and education sectors.

Strengths Clients laud the team's depth of knowledge, noting: "Their lawyers' depth of expertise is unparalleled. They are able to support all our legal needs across the country with a consistent level of quality."

Sources also say: "We're absolutely satisfied: they're very approachable and knowledgeable."

Work highlights Advised JTI-Macdonald following an alleged unlawful strike in one of its factories.

Represented Davie Shipbuilding in collective bargaining negotiations with its shipbuilding union.

Significant clients EMC Corporation, Air Canada, Canadian National Railway, Michael Kors, Walmart.

Notable practitioners

Sources say that Robert Bonhomme "is very well known in the market place," with an especially strong reputation in his home province of Québec. His practice covers a wide range of employment issues and he has experience acting for clients from both the public and private sectors.

Commentators note Montréal-based Danny Kaufer's "reputation extends far beyond Québec." Clients add that "he's always available, responsive and pragmatic." He is recognised for his standout abilities in labour relations and collective bargaining negotiations, as well as his expertise in labour certification matters.

One enthusiastic client says that Matthew Certosimo "is easily the best client-service lawyer with whom I've dealt. He's also an excellent litigator and contract drafter." He advises on matters in both unionised and non-unionised environments and is noted for his work on wrongful dismissal cases, among other areas of expertise.

About the Team (content provided by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)

Our L&E Group offers a full range of services to our clients in employment matters, labour relations, human rights, occupational health and safety, privacy, pensions and benefits, and immigration.


We have extensive expertise in:
• Human resources, including drafting and litigating employment contracts, restrictive covenants, compensation, severance and stock option agreements, human rights/accommodation, attendance management, employment policy manuals, health and safety standards, health and welfare plans, pension and benefits and business immigration.
• Conducting training and investigations, including in the areas of harassment, human rights or fraud allegations.
• Labour relations advice and litigation services, including defending unionization claims, collective bargaining representation, unfair labour practice and bad-faith bargaining complaints, strikes, lockouts and picketing injunctions, successorships, common employer applications, grievances and arbitration.
• Litigating cases at all levels of Court in the areas of wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, just cause dismissal and other civil litigation, as well as litigating before administrative tribunals such as human rights tribunals, labour relations boards, employment standards adjudicators, workers compensation boards, pay equity tribunals and occupational health and safety adjudicators.
• Advising on and litigating cases resulting from mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing transactions, relocations and closures.

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Fasken - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ralph Nero
- 78 partners
- 46 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service group with excellent practitioners based in Ontario, Québec and British Columbia. Regularly sought after for its experience advising federally regulated employers on matters of national significance. Advises on a broad range of employment and labour mandates, including occupational health and safety, labour relations, collective bargaining and issues stemming from mergers, takeovers and disposals. Has a strong track record of appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Strengths Clients say: "They're very responsive and very good at what they do. They have an extremely high degree of expertise and knowledge."

Other interviewees enthuse that "they've got huge bench strength and some very bright young attorneys."

Work highlights Acted for Tim Hortons on its collective agreement negotiations with four Québec-based unions, which ultimately proceeded to arbitration.

Continued to advise Air Canada on a range of matters, including collective agreement arbitrations, labour relations matters and human rights and health and safety claims.

Significant clients Canada Post, TD Bank, Rio Tinto Alcan, National Bank of Canada.

Notable practitioners

Toronto senior partner Brian Burkett is described by one client as "a great listener who is quick to analyse a situation and come up with a solution," while another refers to him simply as "one of the top labour lawyers in Canada." He is particularly noted for his labour relations expertise; his client portfolio includes well-known employers in the telecoms, transportation and retail sectors.

Clients praise Douglas Gilbert as "an outstanding lawyer: he's got a great legal mind and is a pleasure to work with." His diverse practice covers a wide range of labour and employment-related matters, including representation of employers in workplace discrimination claims.

Vancouver-based Kevin O'Neill QC is noted by clients as having "a very good grasp of federal labour law." He regularly advises management-side clients on matters such as labour relations and human rights issues in unionised and non-unionised settings.

Brian Smeenk is often called upon to represent clients before an array of labour relations and workplace human rights boards. He is also very experienced acting as counsel in employment arbitrations. In addition, Smeenk is noted for his knowledge of labour and employment issues in the healthcare sector.

About the Team (content provided by Fasken)

Part of your reputation depends on having a motivated workforce to implement your strategies and proactively manage risk. Our advice is proactive, pragmatic and cost-effective. We’ll help you conclude innovative collective agreements or create risk management and compliance programs. If disputes arise, we’ll help you defuse tension among stakeholders and skillfully represent your interests in court, before tribunals or at arbitration.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Richard Charney and Michel Carle
- 43 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Demonstrates exceptional breadth and depth of coverage with standout teams in Québec, Alberta and Ontario. The firm offers extensive experience of labour, employment and human rights litigation and arbitration, in addition to employment and labour matters arising from M&A transactions. It also advises on union certification and business mobility issues. Its work covers mandates from a provincial to an international level, in sectors such as retail, manufacturing, financial services and transportation.

Strengths Clients say: "They're very timely, very quick to respond and very practical."

Further clients remark that "the team as a whole is excellent; they ensure the client is getting the best advice and outcome."

Work highlights Represented the Teacher Employer Bargaining Association (TEBA) in a collective agreement negotiation with the Alberta Teachers Union.

Represented the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) following a challenge brought by the engineers and supervisors' union with regard to IESO's new code of conduct, prepared in light of its merger with the Ontario Power Authority.

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, Vice Media, Rio Tinto Alcan, Black & MacDonald, City of Calgary.

Notable practitioners

Clients compliment Toronto-based Richard Charney as "approachable, caring and an adviser who always puts his clients' needs above all else. Simply put, he is the best we've dealt with." He acts for various provincial and national employers on matters such as collective bargaining and workplace health and safety.

Sources say Bill Armstrong QC is "definitely a top guy." His client base comprises a variety of public and private sector employers, and he has experience appearing before a wide variety of labour relations boards and arbitral panels. Based in Calgary, he is knowledgeable on unionised and non-unionised workplace issues.

Luc Beaulieu has a broad practice which runs the gamut of employment and labour matters. He acts for a wide range of clients from sectors such as manufacturing, air transport and broadcasting. He is based in Montréal.

About the Team (content provided by Norton Rose Fulbright)

Our National Employment and Labour team represents employers in both private and public sectors across Canada. The team is based in six key Canadian markets including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City.

The team regularly advises on both provincial matters as well as leading cases at the federal level. We also act for major players in the federal sphere, large energy companies, universities, infrastructure organizations and pharma companies.

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Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Ontario-based boutique with a dedicated labour and employment focus. Noted for the broad bench of specialised practitioners in its Toronto, Hamilton and London offices. Has experience of heavyweight labour relations matters including collective bargaining negotiations as well as arbitration and litigation. Acts for a range of executives, managers and human resources professionals.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators note that James Knight "has a good reputation nationally." He is well respected by his peers and maintains a broad practice covering issues such as labour relations and workplace health and safety.

Senior partner Roy Filion QC is "highly regarded, an outstanding lawyer – simply first-rate." He is one of Canada's most experienced labour and employment lawyers, and continues to represent clients in contentious matters at all levels.

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Harris & Company - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Colin Gibson
- 29 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Vancouver-based boutique that is a popular choice for employment and labour law advice in Western Canada. Regularly advises on matters arising in union and non-union workplaces. Acts for significant clients in both the public and private sectors on issues including wrongful dismissal litigation, workplace human rights and workers' compensation. Offers considerable knowledge of the healthcare and education sectors.

Significant clients Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Healthcare Benefit Trust.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Eric Harris QC is described by commentators as "definitely well liked and well respected." With long-standing experience in employment and labour matters, he is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished employment and labour lawyers in British Columbia.

Peter Csiszar's respected practice spans a broad array of employment and labour matters, including workplace human rights issues and collective agreement negotiations. Peers regard him as "a very good lawyer."

Geoffrey Litherland's client base includes employers from both the public and private sectors. He has experience handling wrongful dismissal and workplace harassment cases, including before the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Associate counsel Gavin Hume QC enjoys a stellar reputation and is a well-established figure in the Western Canadian legal market. He continues to provide high-level strategic advice to a number of long-term clients.

About the Team (content provided by Harris & Company)

Harris & Company LLP is western Canada's largest workplace law and advocacy firm. By specializing in labour and employment, our clients are confident they are working with an experienced team who understand the legal framework of workplace law and are knowledgeable about recent developments, significant decisions, and emerging issues.

Founded in 1992, Harris is home to leading lawyers in each of our practice areas:

•​Labour Law

•Employment Law

•Human Rights Law

•Litigation

•Education Law

•Occupational Health and Safety

•Workers Compensation

•Privacy and Access to Information

•Administrative Law

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Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Stephen Shamie
- 71 partners
- 48 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Ontario boutique with offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, London and Waterloo. Houses a large group of dedicated lawyers who work on behalf of major public sector bodies or under federal jurisdiction. Extensive experience advising on high-profile and pressing labour issues from strikes and lockouts to union certification defence.

Strengths Sources acclaim the practice as "excellent: their service level is extremely high. They treat us like a very important client and often go well beyond what we ask them to provide."

Work highlights Represented the Canadian Football League in a claim brought against it by a former professional football player over liability for concussions received during his playing career.

Significant clients TD Bank, Scotiabank, CIBC, Coca-Cola, Bank of Montreal.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Stephen Shamie's client roster includes a wide variety of public and private sector employers in industries such as sports, financial services, manufacturing and retail. He regularly advises on collective bargaining issues, as well as employment and labour matters arising from joint ventures and takeovers.

About the Team (content provided by Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP)

Labour Relations

Hicks Morley provides strategic labour relations advice, service and representation across all industry sectors, on diverse matters such as: union organising drives, jurisdictional disputes, union certification, unfair labour practice allegations, sale of business, bad faith bargaining complaints, strikes and lockouts, conciliation, picketing, related employer applications and public sector restructuring. With extensive experience in collective bargaining in both the private and public sectors, lawyers regularly advise on collective bargaining strategy, collective agreement proposals, and act as spokespersons at the bargaining table. Lawyers also represent employers throughout the grievance and arbitration process.


Employment

Hicks Morley provides a full range of employment law services for employers, including: managing workplace change, avoiding constructive dismissal issues, structuring employment contracts, and representation during post-employment litigation, including wrongful dismissal and wrongful competition. Lawyers provide strategic advice and assistance to employers on diverse human resources matters: purchase and sale of business, workforce restructuring, integration or harmonisation, employment policies and procedures, workplace investigations, recruitment and retention practices and procedures, drug testing, criminal background checks, conflict resolution, and restrictive covenants, and compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jacques Rousse
- 17 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for its nationwide capabilities, with robust teams in Toronto and Montréal and a strong practice in Western Canada. The team's specialisms across different regions range from occupational health and safety and labour relations to assistance with transactional mandates, for clients from both the private and public sectors. The firm is also regularly noted for its impressive litigation practice.

Work highlights Continues to act for the Ontario government in its collective bargaining negotiations with the provincial police officers' union. The team also acted for this client in the resulting arbitration proceedings.

Represented Ericsson Canada in a constructive dismissal case brought by a former employee.

Significant clients Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), PepsiCo, Glencore, BMW Canada.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise Sunil Kapur as "a strategic thinker who has a very strong network of important contacts." His practice covers a range of matters, with noted expertise in collective bargaining. He is based in Toronto and leads the firm's Ontario employment and labour practice.

Since publication, Paul Boniferro has left the practice to enter public service as Deputy Attorney General of the Province of Ontario.

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Roper Greyell LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Wins recognition as a prominent Vancouver boutique working exclusively in employment, labour and related areas. Noted for its expertise representing national companies in relation to their Western Canadian operations, as well as its experience in the public sector. Its client base covers a wide range of industry sectors including retail, construction and education.

Strengths Sources describe the firm as a "very strong boutique," adding that it is "one of the leaders in the British Columbia market."

Notable practitioners

Thomas Roper QC is a "well-respected" figure whose practice sees him represent clients in a variety of employment-related litigation. He has been a major contributor to the development of British Columbia's labour legislation over the course of his four-decade career.

Delayne Sartison QC is praised by sources as "one of the leading labour lawyers in British Columbia." Her wide-ranging practice covers issues such as workplace human rights claims and collective bargaining. She has particular expertise relating to the healthcare sector and is also noted for her grasp of workplace harassment issues.

Market commentators describe Gregory Heywood as "a very able and active labour law practitioner." He is especially noted as an employment litigator, and has represented clients in wrongful dismissal cases as well as matters relating to workplace human rights.

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Lawson Lundell LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Robert Sider
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regional firm well known for its capacities in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Remains a popular choice among clients for a range of significant mandates across labour relations and traditional employment law. Regularly advises on wrongful dismissal cases, collective bargaining, workplace human rights and executive compensation matters.

Strengths Clients say: "We're absolutely satisfied. They are incredibly knowledgeable on labour and employment law issues in Alberta and British Columbia. They're straightforward to deal with and provide really good legal advice."

Notable practitioners

Senior counsel Patricia Gallivan QC is deemed "a very well-respected practitioner" by market sources. Clients add: "She is responsive, client-focused and produces good-quality work." She is noted for her labour relations expertise and is admitted to practice in both British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

Clients describe Robert Sider as "responsive and practical," adding that "he's our go-to person for labour and employment issues." He has a broad management-side practice that covers both contentious and non-contentious issues. He is admitted to practice in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon.

About the Team (content provided by Lawson Lundell LLP)

The Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group advises employers in all aspects of labour law and employment law in both the provincial and federal sectors, including labour relations, collective bargaining, wrongful dismissal advice, pension and benefits litigation, human rights, employment standards, employment equity, workers' compensation, privacy issues and business immigration.

Our group is proactive in resolving labour relations and employment issues and providing practical, sound and economic advice and developing strategies that will provide solutions consistent with the client’s business needs.

Members of the group have extensive experience in acting as counsel before judicial and decision-making tribunals such as provincial and federal labour relations boards, arbitration boards, employment standards tribunals, human rights tribunals, workers' compensation boards and the courts.

We regularly provide collective bargaining advice and act as chief spokespersons for companies who do not have in-house bargaining personnel. Members of the group have negotiated collective agreements in a wide variety of industries, including the manufacturing, retail, transportation, forestry, film, credit union, security, child care and service industries. We also have extensive experience leading clients through strikes, lockouts, picketing and other labour disruptions and unrest.



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Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Specialist employment and labour firm providing valued support on either side of the country, with a particularly strong practice in Ontario and support in Vancouver, Calgary and Halifax. Enjoys a solid reputation for its regular caseload of occupational health and safety mandates, workplace investigations, management-side labour relations matters and arbitration hearings.

Strengths Clients praise the team highly, commenting that "they are extremely capable and practical in their approach. They get to the point, don't waste time and offer very understandable explanations. Furthermore, they are careful not to over-charge."

Notable practitioners

Commentators describe managing partner Mark Contini as "a very good lawyer." He is well respected by his peers and noted for his regular representation of clients from the construction sector. Based in Toronto, he is also experienced advising on matters arising in non-unionised workplaces.

Sources note Keith Murray as "an outstanding labour specialist." He divides his time between the Vancouver and Calgary offices, advising on a variety of matters governed by British Columbia and Alberta law.

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McLennan Ross LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Dan Bokenfohr and Tom Ross
- 16 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A significant player for management-side labour and employment issues in the Alberta market. Respected throughout the country, with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife affording it considerable coverage in Western Canada and the Northwest Territories. Recognised for its prowess in labour relations and its notable expertise in the construction sector, healthcare and energy sectors, among others.

Strengths Clients say: "We are very pleased with the team as a whole, they do a good job of giving pragmatic advice."

Work highlights Successfully represented Suncor Energy in resisting an application brought by the Alberta Ministry of Labour over access to Suncor's confidential records following a workplace fatality.

Represented the Nunavut Government in collective agreement negotiations with the Nunavut Employees union.

Significant clients TransAlta, Safeway, Coca-Cola, Cargill, Civeo.

Notable practitioners

Edmonton-based Hugh McPhail QC is acclaimed by market commentators as "one of the leading labour lawyers in Alberta." He regularly advises employers from the public sector, with his work spanning a broad range of employment and labour-related mandates. He is admitted to the Bar in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Clients consider Thomas Ross to be "an excellent counsel" and he is a greatly respected figure in the Western Canadian market. His wide-ranging practice covers wrongful dismissal, workplace human rights and a variety of labour arbitrations in the construction sector.

Since publication, Glenn Tait has retired from this practice.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jason Hanson
- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A well-respected team in Toronto supported by an impressive practice in Calgary. Frequently called upon to advise national and international companies across various industry sectors such as retail, finance and mining. Areas of expertise include executive compensation, workplace investigations and workplace restructurings. Furthermore, the firm is noted for its assistance on business transactions.

Strengths Sources praise the team as "very good - we value responsiveness and pragmatic advice quite highly and they're excellent on both those points. They also have very good depth."

Work highlights Defended Constellation Brands in a wrongful dismissal suit involving allegations of unlawful harassment.

Advised Uniqlo on the employment aspects of its Canadian market entry.

Significant clients Target, Canada Bread Company, Foot Locker, Empire Life Insurance Company.

Notable practitioners

One source notes of Toronto-based Jason Hanson that they "respect him a great deal and will happily use him on other matters." He acts for a variety of employers, including regional, national and international companies. His practice covers matters such as collective bargaining, executive compensation agreements and occupational health and safety.

Brian Thiessen is praised by one client as "one of the best attorneys I've worked with in terms of responsiveness." He advises employers on a diverse array of employment and labour mandates in both unionised and non-unionised environments. He is primarily based in Calgary, but also spends a significant amount of time in the firm's Vancouver office.

Up-and-comer Sven Poysa continues to be noted for his understanding of employment issues relating to large-scale M&A transactions. He divides his time between Toronto and Montréal.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Hélène Bussières, Gary Clarke and Lorna Cuthbert
- 9 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A prestigious corporate firm respected for its provision of day-to-day employment advice to national and international companies. Houses able practitioners practising in Ontario, Québec, Alberta and BC. Well versed in assisting with major transactions and restructurings as well as litigation and arbitration. Its practice covers such diverse areas of employment and labour law as occupational health and safety, executive employment agreements, restrictive covenants and labour standards issues.

Strengths Clients say: "They have a high level of expertise and produce excellent quality work."

Sources note that "the team as a whole is always extremely responsive. They have a great customer-service mindset. No matter what the question, they provide solid legal advice and pertinent strategic insight."

Work highlights Represented iA Financial Group in a lawsuit brought by a former senior employee alleging age-based discrimination.

Assisted Diamond Resorts International with the employment and labour aspects of its CAD85 million acquisition of Intrawest Resort Club Group.

Significant clients Yellow Pages, Lowe's Companies, Torquest, AltaGas, Tim Hortons, H&R Block Canada.

Notable practitioners

Clients state group co-chair Gary Clarke is "very impressive," noting that "he provides succinct and helpful advice." Based in Calgary, he advises clients operating in Alberta and British Columbia on issues arising in both unionised and non-unionised work environments.

About the Team (content provided by Stikeman Elliott LLP)

The Employment & Labour Group at Stikeman Elliott brings a business-focused approach to the advice we provide employers on all facets of the individual and collective employment relationship, both at the provincial and federal level. With a team that includes lawyers in Montréal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver, Stikeman Elliott provides integrated advisory, litigation and transactional capability across the country.

The Group is a full-service practice area within the firm, delivering advice to employers on a wide range of employment and labour mandates, including all manner of employment and labour disputes, on-going compliance and advisory matters as well as complex transactions. Members of the Employment & Labour Group work closely with the Pensions & Benefits team to deliver bespoke legal solutions on increasingly sophisticated and complex pension executive compensation matters. This integrated capability ensures that clients receive advice in a timely, cost-effective and efficient manner by calling upon appropriate, targeted resources.

Stikeman Elliott lawyers work proactively with unionized and non-unionized employers to help them structure and manage the human resource aspects of their organizations. Members of the Employment & Labour Group help clients analyze and mitigate their risks with an eye toward business expediency and cost-effectiveness. www.canadianemploymentpensionlaw.com



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Baker McKenzie - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: George Avraam
- 7 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises regional, national and international employers on labour and employment law from its Toronto base. It regularly advises on executive employment issues, wrongful dismissal litigation and workforce reductions in both unionised and non-unionised settings. Represents clients in sectors such as retail, real estate, transportation, education and healthcare.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "We're tremendously satisfied with their business acumen. They provide very sound legal advice tailored to client needs."

Other clients note that the team is "very committed, engaged and supportive."

Work highlights Assisted McMaster University with obtaining a favourable advance tax assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency, after a pensions-related class action suit was brought against the university.

Significant clients Walmart, Queen's University, Four Seasons Hotels, Royal Bank of Canada, William Osler Health System.

Notable practitioners

Practice group leader George Avraam is noted by sources as "an excellent litigator." Further clients add that "he's very available and very down-to-earth." In addition to labour and employment cases, his litigation practice also covers a range of class action and judicial review matters. He is especially noted for his representation of clients from the education sector.

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Bennett Jones LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: John Gilmore and Susan Seller
- 8 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A standout team in Alberta joined by a well-respected team in Toronto. Noted for its expertise in employment and labour issues stemming from corporate transactions. The firm is also recommended for its ability to advise on a wide range of other matters, such as contracts, employment litigation, terminations and tax advice related to employment. Its industry expertise covers sectors such as energy, financial services, mining and retail.

Strengths Clients praise the team's ability to offer strategic guidance. "They're very pragmatic counsellors, detailed and diligent; they provide a full picture of potential legal risks," say sources.

Work highlights Advised Stantec on employment issues in connection with its acquisition of MWH Global.

Significant clients ATCO Group, TELUS, McCain Foods, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, Repsol.

Notable practitioners

Group co-head John Gilmore is noted for his expertise in employment issues relating to large M&A transactions. His practice also covers mandates such as wrongful dismissal claims, workplace human rights issues and employment matters relating to Canadian privacy law. He is based in Calgary.

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andrea York
- 9 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly sought after to advise on the labour and employment aspects of substantial corporate transactions, with additional experience acting on employment litigation and executive employment arrangements. Clients include both public and private sector employers from various sectors including retail, manufacturing and oil and gas. Additionally, the firm is noted for its market-leading pensions and benefits practice.

Strengths Clients say: "They provide solid guidance. They're very responsive, thoughtful and effective."

Other clients add: "They have a deep knowledge of employment law."

Work highlights Advised Henry Company on employment-related issues stemming from its acquisition by American Securities.

Significant clients Agrium, CEDA, Western Union, Wells Fargo, Nestlé Canada.

Notable practitioners

Andrea York heads the national labour and employment practice and is based in Toronto. Other key contacts include Natalie Bussière in Montréal, Michael Howcroft in Vancouver and Birch Miller in Calgary.

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Our clients rely on us for practical day-to-day guidance on numerous facets of employment law, including advice on hiring, employee relations, employment standards, outsourcing arrangements and employment terminations, as well as compliance with Canadian privacy law. Clients also call on us for advice on creating, revising, implementing and enforcing personnel and other workplace policies and to provide manager training programs to ensure that they are current on employment and labour law developments. Additionally, we offer strategic guidance to clients to ensure that their Canadian business operations are equipped to respond effectively to union-organizing drives and certification applications.

When workplace disputes result in litigation or complaints to an administrative tribunal, clients feel confident retaining Blakes. Our lawyers are experienced in employment litigation, including enforcement of non-competition and trade secrets agreements, wrongful dismissal litigation and related mediation processes. Our lawyers have defended clients against employment-related claims brought on behalf of province-wide classes of employees or former employees. We regularly litigate matters before courts at all levels throughout Canada as well as appear before provincial and federal human rights tribunals and labour relations boards. Additionally, we attend arbitration hearings on behalf of management and have represented clients in judicial reviews of arbitrators' decisions.

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Dentons Canada LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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What the team is known for Full-service law firm providing labour and employment advice to unionised and non-unionised employers. Houses practitioners across the country, with a strong team in Calgary and notable support in Québec. Its practice ranges from wrongful dismissal litigation and human rights claims to assistance with transactions and labour relations.

Notable practitioners

Practice group leader Barbara Johnston QC is well respected by her peers, who note her particular expertise in workplace alcohol and drugs testing. Her practice also covers employment and labour issues relating to corporate transactions, as well as workplace human rights, occupational health and safety and privacy-related employment issues.

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Turn to Dentons' Employment and Labour group in Canada for customized, effective, multijurisdictional advice on employment and labour matters. Protecting your business is our primary concern through tailor-made employment contracts, restrictive covenant and confidentiality agreements or other methods. Let our seasoned team help you formulate policies and procedures governing matters such as:

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Harassment
  • Electronic monitoring
  • Sickness and disability
  • Progressive discipline
  • Corporate compliance 

When dealing with organizational restructuring or change management, trust our comprehensive counsel on the human resource aspects and labor law implications.

If you face claims of retaliation, employee misconduct, bullying, harassment or discrimination, Dentons will be in your corner. We help you address even the most sensitive and high-profile claims and investigations. We can also guide you through whistleblower concerns, corporate governance issues, fiduciary duties of senior management and other challenges.

Members of our group appear regularly before courts, administrative boards and tribunals at every level, and act as spokespeople in collective bargaining. We will represent you in matters involving employment standards, human rights, pay equity, workers’ compensation, collective agreements, wrongful dismissal and much more. In addition, we ensure maximum value for you by carefully and thoroughly exploring opportunities for out-of-court settlements.

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DLA Piper (Canada) LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Allen Soltan and Richard Nixon
- 18 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong representation of private sector employers from a broad spectrum of industries including energy, telecoms and healthcare. Practitioners in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver are regularly engaged to advise on provincially and federally regulated labour relations, executive employment and occupational health and safety matters. The firm leverages its considerable global footprint to advise both national and international clients.

Strengths Clients laud the team as "helpful, practical in their advice and proactive in assisting us to keep up-to-date with the Canadian market."

Work highlights Acted for Japan Airlines with respect to its Canadian employment matters, including litigation, liability avoidance, and in the establishment and subsequent review of its employment policies.

Significant clients Rogers Communications, Walmart, AOL Canada, University of Calgary, Greyhound Canada.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Michael Ford QC is praised by clients as "excellent: very patient, strategic and helpful." He has noted expertise on a broad array of employment and labour issues, including collective bargaining, labour arbitrations and privacy and discrimination matters. He is based in Calgary.

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McInnes Cooper - Employment & Labour Department

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What the team is known for Well-respected team with a strong reputation in the Atlantic provinces. Areas of expertise include wrongful dismissal claims, workplace human rights, labour relations and occupational health and safety. Advises on matters arising in both unionised and non-unionised work environments.

Notable practitioners

Practice group leader Bradley Proctor is a key contact. He is based in Halifax.

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Miller Thomson LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Hugh Dyer and Christine O'Donohue
- 30 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service national firm with notable employment and labour strength in Toronto. Represents employers in a comprehensive range of labour and employment issues, from labour relations to occupational health and safety matters, employment standards and human rights complaints. Highly experienced representing clients in employment and labour disputes at all levels, including before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Strengths Clients say the team "provides a high level of service with fast turnaround; they have a significant breadth and depth of expertise."

Work highlights Acted for Ontario Graphite on an application for injunctive relief relating to the actions of two former senior-level employees who had gone to work for a competitor.

Significant clients BC Rapid Transit Company, Metro Ontario, Weyerhaeuser, Bombardier, Siemens Canada.

Notable practitioners

Clients note that Hugh Dyer "is incredibly knowledgeable in the field of labour and employment law." His expertise covers labour relations, workplace human rights and health and safety issues, acting for employers from both the public and private sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Miller Thomson LLP)

Miller Thomson’s Labour Relations and Employment Group provides private and public sector employers with practical and strategic support, advice and guidance to assist senior management in making sound decisions consistent with applicable federal and provincial labour relations and employment law and best practices.  Our expertise includes traditional labour and employment law services, plus specialized advice in many areas, including human rights, occupational health and safety (including workplace harassment), pay equity, accessibility, workers’ compensation and pension and benefits.

Our Group assists employers in anticipating and preparing for opportunities and challenges as the workplace and the legal landscape evolve. We provide the strategic planning, advice and day-to-day legal assistance that is necessary to address the wide range of challenges and initiatives that involve labour relations and employment issues. With our in-depth expertise, we are able to anticipate potential problems, suggest proactive approaches and recognize the immediate and longterm impact of available solutions.

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP - Employment & Labour Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Michael Sherrard
- 11 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic labour and employment boutique operating out of Toronto. Acts for clients based throughout Canada. Its practice runs the gamut of labour and employment issues, including collective bargaining, employment contracts, labour relations and occupational health and safety matters. Services clients from the retail, construction and manufacturing sectors, among others.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Erin Kuzz as a "very good lawyer" who is "pleasant to deal with." She is a highly experienced adviser to management-side clients, assisting them with workplace investigations, collective bargaining negotiations and a wide variety of other employment and labour issues.

Michael Sherrard enjoys a strong reputation for labour relations and union negotiation matters. His portfolio includes clients from the transportation, construction and healthcare sectors.

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Stewart McKelvey - Employment & Labour Department

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What the team is known for Prominent full-service regional firm noted for its provision of employment and labour advice across Atlantic Canada. Assists management clients with a broad range of matters including labour relations, workplace human rights, workers' compensation, occupational health and safety and wrongful dismissal litigation. Typical clients include well-known names in the retail, healthcare, education and oil and gas industries.

Notable practitioners

Halifax managing partner Rebecca Saturley is a key contact for the firm.

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Senior Statesperson

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Senior partner Roy Filion QC is "highly regarded, an outstanding lawyer – simply first-rate." He is one of Canada's most experienced labour and employment lawyers, and continues to represent clients in contentious matters at all levels.

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Senior Statesperson

Harris & Company

From the Chambers Canada guide

Associate counsel Gavin Hume QC enjoys a stellar reputation and is a well-established figure in the Western Canadian legal market. He continues to provide high-level strategic advice to a number of long-term clients.

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources say that Robert Bonhomme "is very well known in the market place," with an especially strong reputation in his home province of Québec. His practice covers a wide range of employment issues and he has experience acting for clients from both the public and private sectors.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Toronto senior partner Brian Burkett is described by one client as "a great listener who is quick to analyse a situation and come up with a solution," while another refers to him simply as "one of the top labour lawyers in Canada." He is particularly noted for his labour relations expertise; his client portfolio includes well-known employers in the telecoms, transportation and retail sectors.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients compliment Toronto-based Richard Charney as "approachable, caring and an adviser who always puts his clients' needs above all else. Simply put, he is the best we've dealt with." He acts for various provincial and national employers on matters such as collective bargaining and workplace health and safety.

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Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peter Gall QC of Gall, Legge, Grant and Munroe is described by commentators as "one of the leading lawyers in British Columbia." Others add: "He is known for cutting-edge constitutional litigation." He enjoys an outstanding reputation in the Canadian legal market and sources are quick to highlight his experience representing clients before the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Harris & Company

From the Chambers Canada guide

Founding partner Eric Harris QC is described by commentators as "definitely well liked and well respected." With long-standing experience in employment and labour matters, he is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished employment and labour lawyers in British Columbia.

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Commentators note Montréal-based Danny Kaufer's "reputation extends far beyond Québec." Clients add that "he's always available, responsive and pragmatic." He is recognised for his standout abilities in labour relations and collective bargaining negotiations, as well as his expertise in labour certification matters.

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Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Market commentators note that James Knight "has a good reputation nationally." He is well respected by his peers and maintains a broad practice covering issues such as labour relations and workplace health and safety.

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Thomas A Roper QC

Roper Greyell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Thomas Roper QC is a "well-respected" figure whose practice sees him represent clients in a variety of employment-related litigation. He has been a major contributor to the development of British Columbia's labour legislation over the course of his four-decade career.

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Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Managing partner Stephen Shamie's client roster includes a wide variety of public and private sector employers in industries such as sports, financial services, manufacturing and retail. He regularly advises on collective bargaining issues, as well as employment and labour matters arising from joint ventures and takeovers.

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William Armstrong QC

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources say Bill Armstrong QC is "definitely a top guy." His client base comprises a variety of public and private sector employers, and he has experience appearing before a wide variety of labour relations boards and arbitral panels. Based in Calgary, he is knowledgeable on unionised and non-unionised workplace issues.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients state group co-chair Gary Clarke is "very impressive," noting that "he provides succinct and helpful advice." Based in Calgary, he advises clients operating in Alberta and British Columbia on issues arising in both unionised and non-unionised work environments.

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DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Senior partner Michael Ford QC is praised by clients as "excellent: very patient, strategic and helpful." He has noted expertise on a broad array of employment and labour issues, including collective bargaining, labour arbitrations and privacy and discrimination matters. He is based in Calgary.

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Patricia Gallivan QC

Lawson Lundell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Senior counsel Patricia Gallivan QC is deemed "a very well-respected practitioner" by market sources. Clients add: "She is responsive, client-focused and produces good-quality work." She is noted for her labour relations expertise and is admitted to practice in both British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients praise Douglas Gilbert as "an outstanding lawyer: he's got a great legal mind and is a pleasure to work with." His diverse practice covers a wide range of labour and employment-related matters, including representation of employers in workplace discrimination claims.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

One source notes of Toronto-based Jason Hanson that they "respect him a great deal and will happily use him on other matters." He acts for a variety of employers, including regional, national and international companies. His practice covers matters such as collective bargaining, executive compensation agreements and occupational health and safety.

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McLennan Ross LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Edmonton-based Hugh McPhail QC is acclaimed by market commentators as "one of the leading labour lawyers in Alberta." He regularly advises employers from the public sector, with his work spanning a broad range of employment and labour-related mandates. He is admitted to the Bar in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Delayne Sartison QC

Roper Greyell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Delayne Sartison QC is praised by sources as "one of the leading labour lawyers in British Columbia." Her wide-ranging practice covers issues such as workplace human rights claims and collective bargaining. She has particular expertise relating to the healthcare sector and is also noted for her grasp of workplace harassment issues.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Canada guide

Practice group leader George Avraam is noted by sources as "an excellent litigator." Further clients add that "he's very available and very down-to-earth." In addition to labour and employment cases, his litigation practice also covers a range of class action and judicial review matters. He is especially noted for his representation of clients from the education sector.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Luc Beaulieu has a broad practice which runs the gamut of employment and labour matters. He acts for a wide range of clients from sectors such as manufacturing, air transport and broadcasting. He is based in Montréal.

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Barbara Johnston QC

Dentons Canada LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Practice group leader Barbara Johnston QC is well respected by her peers, who note her particular expertise in workplace alcohol and drugs testing. Her practice also covers employment and labour issues relating to corporate transactions, as well as workplace human rights, occupational health and safety and privacy-related employment issues.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients praise Sunil Kapur as "a strategic thinker who has a very strong network of important contacts." His practice covers a range of matters, with noted expertise in collective bargaining. He is based in Toronto and leads the firm's Ontario employment and labour practice.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Vancouver-based Kevin O'Neill QC is noted by clients as having "a very good grasp of federal labour law." He regularly advises management-side clients on matters such as labour relations and human rights issues in unionised and non-unionised settings.

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Lawson Lundell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients describe Robert Sider as "responsive and practical," adding that "he's our go-to person for labour and employment issues." He has a broad management-side practice that covers both contentious and non-contentious issues. He is admitted to practice in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brian Thiessen is praised by one client as "one of the best attorneys I've worked with in terms of responsiveness." He advises employers on a diverse array of employment and labour mandates in both unionised and non-unionised environments. He is primarily based in Calgary, but also spends a significant amount of time in the firm's Vancouver office.

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Matthew Certosimo

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

One enthusiastic client says that Matthew Certosimo "is easily the best client-service lawyer with whom I've dealt. He's also an excellent litigator and contract drafter." He advises on matters in both unionised and non-unionised environments and is noted for his work on wrongful dismissal cases, among other areas of expertise.

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Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Commentators describe managing partner Mark Contini as "a very good lawyer." He is well respected by his peers and noted for his regular representation of clients from the construction sector. Based in Toronto, he is also experienced advising on matters arising in non-unionised workplaces.

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Harris & Company

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peter Csiszar's respected practice spans a broad array of employment and labour matters, including workplace human rights issues and collective agreement negotiations. Peers regard him as "a very good lawyer."

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Miller Thomson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients note that Hugh Dyer "is incredibly knowledgeable in the field of labour and employment law." His expertise covers labour relations, workplace human rights and health and safety issues, acting for employers from both the public and private sectors.

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Emond Harnden

From the Chambers Canada guide

Ottawa-based Jacques Emond of Emond Harnden is lauded by commentators as "a leader in his field." He has a robust reputation in Ontario, and his practice covers such matters as labour relations, collective agreements and wrongful dismissal cases.

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Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Group co-head John Gilmore is noted for his expertise in employment issues relating to large M&A transactions. His practice also covers mandates such as wrongful dismissal claims, workplace human rights issues and employment matters relating to Canadian privacy law. He is based in Calgary.

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Roper Greyell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Market commentators describe Gregory Heywood as "a very able and active labour law practitioner." He is especially noted as an employment litigator, and has represented clients in wrongful dismissal cases as well as matters relating to workplace human rights.

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources describe Erin Kuzz as a "very good lawyer" who is "pleasant to deal with." She is a highly experienced adviser to management-side clients, assisting them with workplace investigations, collective bargaining negotiations and a wide variety of other employment and labour issues.

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Geoffrey Litherland

Harris & Company

From the Chambers Canada guide

Geoffrey Litherland's client base includes employers from both the public and private sectors. He has experience handling wrongful dismissal and workplace harassment cases, including before the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

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Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources note Keith Murray as "an outstanding labour specialist." He divides his time between the Vancouver and Calgary offices, advising on a variety of matters governed by British Columbia and Alberta law.

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McLennan Ross LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Clients consider Thomas Ross to be "an excellent counsel" and he is a greatly respected figure in the Western Canadian market. His wide-ranging practice covers wrongful dismissal, workplace human rights and a variety of labour arbitrations in the construction sector.

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Michael G Sherrard

Sherrard Kuzz LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Michael Sherrard enjoys a strong reputation for labour relations and union negotiation matters. His portfolio includes clients from the transportation, construction and healthcare sectors.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brian Smeenk is often called upon to represent clients before an array of labour relations and workplace human rights boards. He is also very experienced acting as counsel in employment arbitrations. In addition, Smeenk is noted for his knowledge of labour and employment issues in the healthcare sector.

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Richard B Smith QC

Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources note that Richard Smith QC of Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP is "definitely a leader in Western Canada." He advises clients on an assortment of labour and employment-related mandates, including workplace human rights and workplace drug and alcohol testing. He is based in Calgary.

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Up and Coming

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Up-and-comer Sven Poysa continues to be noted for his understanding of employment issues relating to large-scale M&A transactions. He divides his time between Toronto and Montréal.

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