“What is the best possible outcome for you?” That’s the first question Andrea asks clients. From there, her top priority is to achieve that goal practically and efficiently. She is passionate about truly understanding our clients’ needs in order to minimize their human resource issues and maximize the success of their businesses.

Work Highlights

Major Canadian retailer

  • Defended a precedent-setting lawsuit that saw the end of laid-off employees filing class actions across Canada

Municipal Police Services Board

  • Won a high-profile case to help the force get back to work for the safety of the community

Mining services company

  • Successfully resolved human rights issues raised by First Nations women trainees in a northern diamond mine
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Andrea helps clients resolve some of the most vexatious problems a business can have—those human-related issues that permeate the work environment and can detract from productivity.

Services
Wrongful dismissal and related tort claims Human rights complaints
Restrictive covenants Disability benefits litigation
Employment standards complaints Employment contracts
Labour Board hearings Rights arbitration
Privacy complaints Policy development
Injunctions Class actions
M&A and restructuring Workers compensation
Executive compensation Health and safety matters

Her approach to solving these issues is ambitious and versatile. With two successful appearances at the Supreme Court of Canada, Andrea loves the thrill of a trial and will fight for clients as long and as hard as necessary. She also appreciates the value of a strong compromise and avoids trials that are better settled out-of-court.

In this spirit, Andrea achieved a Mediation Certificate from UCLA. This benefits our clients entering disputes because she has special training to better gauge the negotiation process and draw the opposing party to our favourable terms.

Andrea’s passion for business and people, and the interplay between them, was first kindled as a teenager while working in her father’s factory. Since then, she has honed that passion into a talent for helping businesses succeed with the people they need.

Awards & Distinctions
  • Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Leading Women Lawyers
  • The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal: Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
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Major Canadian retailer
  • Defended a precedent-setting lawsuit that saw the end of laid-off employees filing class actions across Canada
Municipal Police Services Board
  • Won a high-profile case to help the force get back to work for the safety of the community
Mining services company
  • Successfully resolved human rights issues raised by First Nations women trainees in a northern diamond mine
Service provider to the oil and gas industry
  • Successfully defeated union certification applications in the Alberta and BC oil sands
Toronto Board of Education
  • Won a Supreme Court ruling stating that school boards are able to discipline teachers after a certain level of conduct is met. This set precedent across Canada
Multiple start-ups
  • Set-up employment policies and offer letters to avoid future severance package liability
Leading VFX animation company
  • Client undertook massive layoffs and triggered group termination provisions. Andrea helped the client resolve this to save $1.5M
Various employers during employee strikes
  • Successfully managed disputes in relation to picket lines, violence and mischief issues
Mining services company
  • Successfully resolved aboriginal and human rights issues for a woman in a northern diamond mine
Awards & Distinctions
  • Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Leading Women Lawyers
  • The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal: Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Industry Involvement
  • Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Labour & Employment Sectors
  • BC Human Resources Management Association
  • Canadian Labour Law Association
Community Commitments
  • Event organizer for Ronald McDonald House BC
Education and call to Bar
  • Mediation Certificate, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Calls to Bar: Ontario, 1994; British Columbia, 2008; Northwest Territories, 2011
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Windsor, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, 1989