Recognized as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal® (National Leader), Shana’s sophisticated expertise includes the representation of employers in several areas of employment and labour law, with particular emphasis on multinational entrance into Canada, compliance and risk management, policy globalization, executive and non-executive compensation, human rights and accommodation, workplace investigations, and wrongful and constructive dismissal. Prior to joining Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Shana was Legal Counsel to a telecommunications company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Shana is frequently asked to chair and speak at national conferences and for employer associations and clients
Ms. Guilbert is a full-time Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB). Prior to her appointment in July 2019, she was the Executive Director and General Counsel of the CIRB after holding the same position at what is now the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board. She is a fluently bilingual Barrister and Solicitor with extensive experience as a lawyer in private practice, as a General Legal Counsel with a federal Crown Corporation, as a tribunal executive and as a Professor of Law with the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management and its Faculty of Common Law.
Ms. Guilbert holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science and History) and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Ottawa, and earned a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She also studied Law and Political Science at the Université de Nantes in France. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and a prior member of the Law Society of British Columbia.
Sandra Haydon brings over 20 years of experience working with clients in both the public and private sectors under both federal and provincial pay equity legislation. She has worked with both unionized and non-unionized workforces on dozens of job evaluation / pay equity projects. Prior to starting Sandra Haydon & Associates in 2014, Sandra worked for a global consulting firm where she held a number of leadership roles in the firm’s human capital practice.
Sandra has provided advice and support to organizations to create project plans and supporting communications; develop terms of reference for committees; create pay equity compliant customized job evaluation tools and support implementation of recognized off-the -shelf plans; undertake job content data collection through both questionnaires and interview processes; and train and facilitate job evaluation committees. Over the course of her career Sandra has evaluated thousands of jobs across various occupations, levels and sectors. Sandra has completed multiple pay equity plans including all underlying mathematical analysis covering classification and compensation design (base and performance/incentive pay), pay equity and internal equity.
Sandra is currently working with multiple organizations to support the analysis and project planning for the implementation of the new pay equity requirements under the federal legislation. These clients include both public and provide sector organizations across the aviation, finance, and broader public service with and focus on crown corporations and agencies. Working with these clients, Sandra has supported the development of processes and materials to support the work ahead including Notices, Communication Plans, Project Plans, and analytic tools to test current state.
Jennifer Hodgins practises in all areas of employment and labour law, including human rights, pay equity, employment standards, labour and employee relations, grievance arbitration, wrongful dismissal and health and safety matters. Jennifer has acted on behalf of employers in grievance arbitrations, human rights tribunal proceedings, wrongful dismissal claims, judicial review proceedings and federal and provincial labour board matters. She also regularly provides proactive and strategic advice to employers relating to workplace issues and labour relations, including collective bargaining.
Prior to joining our Toronto office, Jennifer practised labour and employment law at a management-side labour and employment boutique firm and completed a clerkship at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. She has also worked as in-house labour counsel at a large regional hospital.
Kyle Lambert is an accomplished employment lawyer and litigator. He serves clients in a range of industries including aviation, telecommunications and media, and marketing. With extensive experience in employment and labour relations law, Kyle represents businesses in wrongful dismissal claims, human rights claims, and claims for breach of restrictive covenants, in addition to providing employment-related advice and analyses on large business transactions and workplace investigations. Kyle is a frequent presenter and author on developments in employment and labour relations law in Canada. In his litigation practice, Kyle assists clients on shareholder disputes, complex contractual disputes, and government procurement challenges. He has appeared before all levels of Ontario’s civil courts, the Federal Court and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.
Lennie has a broad management-side practice, including matters relating to collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, collective agreement interpretation, human rights, accommodation, disability management, health and safety, workers’ compensation, workplace investigations, restructurings and downsizings, employment contracts and terminations, and wrongful dismissals. Lennie has represented clients before arbitrators, courts, labour boards, and human rights tribunals. Lennie prides himself on understanding the challenges facing employers and acting as a strategic partner to provide practical and timely advice.
Maciej is a management-side lawyer whose practice focuses on employment and labour law. He advises employers on a wide range of issues, including employment standards, labour relations, policies and contracts, wrongful dismissal claims, health and safety and human rights. He represents and advocates for clients in appellate and non-appellate litigation matters before courts, arbitrators and other administrative tribunals. Maciej regularly works with employers preparing companywide policy and strategy updates to ensure responsiveness to legal developments, and is also co-author of the Ontario Employment Standards Act: Quick Reference, Prior to entering legal practice, Maciej completed a PhD in psychology at the University of Toronto.
Simon-Pierre Paquette is Director, Labour, Employment & Litigation at Purolator Inc. having previously worked as general counsel of a Crown corporation, in-house counsel and labour relations director for a large federally-regulated employer and in private practice at a leading national law firm. His practices has been focused on labour and employment law, and he benefits from extensive experience in subjects such as labour relations, labour standards, grievance arbitration, human rights, privacy, official languages, pensions and workplace drug and alcohol testing.
Richelle provides advice to a wide range of clients in both the private and public sectors in management side employment law with a particular focus on wrongful competition, executive compensation, and wrongful dismissal issues. She has successfully litigated cases before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal as well as private commercial arbitration proceedings and has conducted hearings before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. Richelle has extensive experience in financial and insurance industry advising on employee mobility and book of business ownership issues.
Richelle’s primary objective when working with clients is to provide timely and insightful legal advice that is appropriately tailored to the client’s business and economic needs and objectives.
Priya is an accomplished labour, employment and human rights lawyer with a background in civil litigation. She has extensive experience advising and representing a broad range of for-profit and non-profit management clients, in addition to conducting workplace investigations. While Priya places an emphasis on practical, risk-mitigating advice, she is no stranger to the courtroom and regularly advocates for clients in court and before Ontario’s administrative tribunals.
Fluent in English, French and Spanish, Priya is widely published and regularly asked to speak on topics relevant to her practice.
Priya is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Advocates’ Society and Association of Workplace Investigators. She also sits on the Board of Directors of West Park Healthcare Centre.
Michael is one of Canada’s leading employment and labour lawyers recognized by Chambers Global®, Who’s Who Legal® (Most Highly Regarded), Legal 500® and Lexpert®. He is a former Chair of the National Labour and Employment Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the Labour and Employment Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Michael represents clients in a broad range of industries and sectors. His clients are unionized and non-unionized, domestic and foreign, public and private, and range in size and complexity of operations from small, single-location enterprises to large, multi-site, multinational corporations.
Michelle Sterling is a Senior Investigator in Occupational Health and Safety for the ESDC – Labour Program. Michelle started her career with the Labour Program in 2008 and has held her current position for the past 7 years. Michelle is responsible for providing technical guidance to a team of Health and Safety Officers (HSO) in the Ontario region as well as conducting investigations and inspections of federally regulated employers. Michelle was responsible for training HSOs on the new Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations when they came into force on January 1, 2021.
Larysa Workewych is an associate in the Toronto office of Dentons Canada LLP, and practices in the firm’s Employment, Labour & Pensions practice group.
In her practice, Larysa advises provincially and federally regulated employers in all areas of labour and employment, including employment contracts and policies, terminations and wrongful dismissals, labour relations, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, human rights and workplace accommodations, and employment standards.
Larysa joined Dentons Canada LLP as a summer student in 2017 and articled with the Firm in 2018-2019.